Based on 25 years in the industry as an actor, producer, writer and director, Know Small Parts is real life advice from someone who's lived it. With a Foreword written by Academy and Golden Globe Award winner Richard Dreyfuss, the book is endorsed by Kevin Costner, Lou Diamond Phillips, Reginald Hudlin and other industry luminaries. The book contains behind-the-scenes stories of Quentin Tarantino, Leonardo DiCaprio, Shirley MacLaine, David Carradine and Tony Scott, among many others.
This clear-eyed, realistic step-by-step guide offers wisdom on breaking down a scene, standing out at an audition, surviving rejection, creating your own momentum, developing marketing materials, talking to celebrities, working without representation, getting clothing for the red carpet, working outside Los Angeles, and much, much more.
The Second Edition of Know Small Parts has been updated to reflect changes in technology and the industry since the book’s original publishing — with over 70 new pages of material. Rewritten during the COVID-19 pandemic, new chapters include a comprehensive look at self-taping and a chapter on #MeToo issues covering what to do if you witness an incident or experience harassment.
There’s also a new section on signing conventions — how to get started, set up shop, and expand your fan base. Another new section adds a tool for Breaking Down the Scene, and the Commercials chapter has been rewritten to address changing advertising platforms.
With information for beginners and pros alike, there’s not just invaluable insight for actors looking to make their mark in the industry, there’s great advice for anyone looking to take control of their destiny. Filled with specific examples from movies and television, the book also reveals personal, often funny, stories from the author's own journey through successes and blunders turning minutes into moments and moments into a career.
Golden Globe Winner and Emmy Nominee Joanna Cassidy says, “Laura has strength, courage and the conviction and, pardon my French but, the balls to hold on to her place in this business. Read her book and you’ll find out how.”