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Every actor’s path is unique. The book Acting In Chicago, 4th Edition can help you identify your path of least resistance through the Midwest’s entertainment industry, so you can spend more time doing what you love. That’s why actors have trusted AIC for over a decade.

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How Acting In Chicago, 4th Edition can help

Define your priorities

Learn about the seven ways (besides theater) actors in the Midwest earn money actually acting, know exactly how much you’ll earn for any given job, then decide where you want to focus your energy.

Manage the details

Get easy answers to hard questions: What’s involved in building a long-lasting, stable acting career? What training do I need and where should I go? How do I build and maintain a relationship with a Midwest-based talent agent?

a plan

You’ve worked on your acting, now work on your business. Map your path to becoming a unique relevant force in the Midwest’s talent pool.


Actor. Voice talent. Author. Teacher. Chris Agos understands the challenge of building a sustainable acting career and believes the key lies in actors understanding their business as well as they understand their craft.



“Can’t help but think of all the things I learned from Chris Agos.”
– Lauren Lapkus

Acting In Chicago had so much information about the Chicago market that I desperately needed.”
– Christina Reis

“I read Acting In Chicago years ago when I was a teen in high school. This week I step on an HBO set for my very first co-star. It is a dream come true and I had to let you know how much you helped me!”
– Kathy Dorn

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