Breaking & Entering

“Philip is the REAL DEAL. Students LOVE his classes. His knowledge of the industry is VAST. His advice is INVALUABLE.”

— Mary McCann, Executive Director, Atlantic Acting School

“Required reading for every acting student in search of a meaningful career. Count on Philip Carlson to light your path.”

— J. Michael Miller, Co-Founder, Tisch School of the Arts, The Actors Center

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Phil was the first agent to sign Philip Seymour Hoffman, Billy Crudup, Liev Schreiber, Claire Danes, Idris Elba, Kyra Sedgwick, Adrien Grenier and Paul Giamatti. He has represented Viola Davis, Kathy Bates, Brian Dennehy, and W.H. Macy among many and gifted others. Phil shares his practical trade secrets in a comprehensive guide on how to get into show business.

Topics covered include schools and classes, showcases, casting directors, agents, auditions, producers, east coast/west coast, staying real, negotiating contracts, film/tv, and more.

“He saw more in me than I saw in myself.”
— Kyra Sedgwick

“Philip Carlson was my ‘Guide in shining armor!’ Smart, honest and hardworking, this book is his thinking and experience on a shelf.”
— Idris Elba

“I was so fortunate to have found Philip when I did. I can’t imagine a better introduction to the world of acting and the business of getting there.”
— Liev Schreiber