The Working Actor
  • Thankfully, Pat Skipper did not leave this book inside his head. It’s a road map for every working actor–even for old dogs like me who need an inspiring tap on the shoulder. I sure as hell wish I’d had a book like this when I was coming up. Read this book! Read it again!

    - Titus Welliver (Bosch, Transformers)
  • Excellent, thoughtful and fresh advice. I just kept laughing my ass off. I would absolutely recommend The Working Actor not only to those thinking of trying a career in film and TV but to those of us who need to reevaluate our situations, give ourselves a kick in the ass, discover something new or be reminded of what we were doing that was working for us before. It is so much fun to read.

    - Kurtwood Smith (That ‘70s Show, RoboCop)
  • A powerful message to all actors, both novice and veteran alike.  This book is a breath of fresh air, written by someone who has walked the walk.  It’s a healthy (and welcome) dose of ‘tough love’ and should be a part of every serious actor’s library.

    - Hollywood Casting Director, Billy DaMota, CSA
  • Pat Skipper took me from being as green as grass to being a confident working actress. His book will guide you through the ups and downs of the business while developing your foundation and skill set. He’s like a trainer. Prepare to get your butt kicked. His knowledge will make you unstoppable.

    - Laura Harman (Nickelodeon’s Home Room)
  • Get off your ass!!  Pat Skipper’s wonderful book is a feast of useful information and entertaining stories that will help any actor, new or seasoned, be a better actor, and with a little work, a better human being.  Do something!  Start by reading this book.

    - Troy Evans (Bosch, E.R.)
  • I’m often asked (really, like twice a day) what advice I have for beginning actors.  I struggle to put some useful, helpful words together, but I rarely feel as if I’ve done much good.  Pat Skipper has now solved my problem.  Anytime anyone asks me what they need to do as a new actor, I’ll tell them, “Buy a copy of The Working Actor and read the hell out of it!”  Nothing I’ve learned in nearly five decades as an actor is missing from this book, and there’s a great deal more in it I wish I’d known all these years.  This is a gutsy, funny, straightforward, bawdy, and indispensable book.

    - Jim Beaver (Deadwood, Justified, Supernatural)
  • Doesn’t pull any punches. Every young actor should have a read!

    - Joel McKinnon Miller (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Big Love)
  • Pat Skipper pulls no punches describing acting as a contact sport.  The Working Actor balances enough cynicism and hope for the beginning actors crazy enough to break into this business, and it’s entertaining enough for us survivors that remain.  It’s as refreshing and exciting as a cold, hard, slap in face; Welcome to show-biz!

    - Mark Moses (Mad Men, Desperate Housewives)
  • Pat Skipper’s The Working Actor is a practical, easy-to-follow, sometimes unconventional and often hilarious guide for actors at all levels based on the real-world experiences of a true Hollywood veteran. I’ve worked with Pat Skipper on both my TV series and the guy delivered on every take. This made him stand out as a go-to guy. His insights on the business and the craft of acting are well earned and invaluable to anyone who wants to become a professional and always working actor.

    - Bestselling Author & Producer Michael Connelly (Bosch, The Lincoln Lawyer)