Jenna Fischer's Hollywood journey began at the age of 22 when she moved to Los Angeles from her hometown of St. Louis. With a theater degree in hand, she was certain everything would fall easily into place. Never mind that she didn't kw a single person in the entertainment industry. She was determined, she was confident, she was ready to work hard. So, what could go wrong?Uh, basically everything. It would be eight long years before she landed her Emmy-minated role of Pam Beesley on The Office-nearly a decade of failure, struggle, rejection and doubt. The path to professional acting was more competitive than she'd ever imagined. Headshots, agents, classes, auditions . . . there was a lot to learn. And with so many obstacles to navigate, it wasn't always easy to fight off discouragement. If only she'd had a handbook for the struggling actor. Or, better yet, someone to show her the way-an established actor who could manage her expectations, educate her about the business, and reassure her in those moments of despair.Jenna Fischer wants to be that person for you. With candor and wit, Fischer lays out what it takes to establish yourself in the profession. Based on her own memorable and hilarious experiences, she provides invaluable advice on how to get the right head shot, what to look for in representation, and the importance of getting out there and just doing something. She also provides helpful hints on how to be gutsy and take risks, the tricks to good auditioning and callbacks, and how t to fall for certain scams. (Auditions in a guy's apartment are probably t legit-or at least t for the kind of part you're looking for!)Fischer's inspiring guidance will make you feel like you have a trusted friend who's made the journey and has w returned to walk beside you, pointing out the pitfalls as you blaze your own path toward the life of a professional actor.
Jenna Fischer is best known for playing Pam Beesly for nine seasons on the acclaimed television show The Office, for which she received an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actress and two SAG Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Comedy. After wrapping The Office, Fischer went on to star in the Off-Broadway play Reasons to Be Happy, written and directed by Neil LaBute and co-starring Josh Hamilton, Leslie Bibb, and Fred Weller. Most recently, Fischer starred along with Rob Lowe and Megan Mullally in the NBC limited series You, Me, and the Apocalypse. She also had a recurring role on NBC's Mysteries of Laura and made guest star appearances on Fox's The Grinder and Comedy Central's Drunk History. Fischer's films credits include The Giant Mechanical Man (which she also produced), The Farrelly Brothers' comedy Hall Pass, Solitary Man, opposite Michael Douglas, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, produced by Judd Apatow, The Promotion, Matt Weiner's Are You Here, and Blades of Glory opposite Will Ferrell. In 2004, the Screen Actors Guild awarded Fischer with the Emerging Actor Award at the St. Louis Film Festival. She lives in Los Angeles with her family.