Joann Perahia is a retired IT Consultant/Business Systems/ Data Analyst/Agile Project Mgr. with over 30 years of experience in software development for many different SMEs, Digital Marketing, CRM, HR, Finance, Operations and more. This exposure was in Fortune 50-100 companies and Government Agencies. She is also an Entrepreneur, continues to be a Consultant, Speaker and Judge of performing arts events and skating events. Joann owns 2 separate companies, is a Retired Figure Skating Coach and currently dabbles in the Entertainment Industry as she is a SAG/AFTRA member.
Recently Joann has added to her repertoire the services of Career Assessment/ Transition Coach. She assists people with finding their innate talents/ gifts through systemized methods to discover their passions. This assessment helps the individual to find the right career for their personality so that work is not a "job". She also identifies career moves and changes that need to be done. Included is coaching people on interviewing and speaking using Actors Improv techniques. She creates a plan. Currently this is a service funded by the Port Washington Public Library under Career Express:
Joann added Career Assessment/ Purpose and Business Improv Workshops to her list of services because she too has had many different trajectories herself that encompass many different fields of study. She is what one would refer to as a Renaissance Woman. She has succeeded in many different arenas such as, Legal, Personal and Athletic Training, Sales, Marketing, Operations. Joann believes that we all have different talents and gifts that change through our lifetime and we need to identify them for a better life. THe main question is "What are you good at and how can you help?"
Joann remains thrilled as to the success of her book The Unabashed Truths the Entertainment Industry Won’t Tell You, A guide to the Business of Acting. Joann has been guiding actors through the business maze of a craft. This book comes from over 12 years of managing SAG/ AFTRA Child Actors, along with being an Actor’s Talent Agent Assistant. These experiences exposed Joann not only to the acting industry but the marketing of acting talent from auditioning to working on sets, the business side of the industry. .Joann is a SAG/AFTRA member has worked on many sets herself and with her child acting twins.
This is a Business with no rules. Don't you want answers quickly? Whether you are an Actor, Parent of a Child Actor, Retiree, or just getting back into the Acting Industry, scroll down to purchase my book and become eligible for a FREE review of the questionnaire contained in the book to help determine if this Business is for you.
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When my twins (Alexandre and Philippe Haussmann) were children they showed the talent for acting. Alex and Philippe played the roles of the Russian twins in Roland Emmerich's feature film "2012". At that time our family made a conscious decision for me to manage their acting careers versus continuing in my profession in Information Technology and Digital Marketing. Along with “2012” my twins were in commercials, PSAs (Public Service Announcements) industrials, feature films, TV Pilots and flown around the world for screen tests. My twins became SAG/AFTRA members, which is a question one always asks and I address in the book, THE UNABASHED TRUTHS THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY WON'T TELL YOU, A GUIDE TO THE BUSINESS OF ACTING.
Over the course of 12 years, being my sons’ manager along with being a Talent Agent's Assistant has enabled me to navigate a business with no rules and obtain an enormous amount of information and resources regarding the Entertainment industry for Actors. I would like to share this information that no one else will. I created my book to give you a bit of insight on the business side of performing arts without spending time and money wastefully.
To learn more, go to my book page. With a proof of purchase (a screenshot or receipt emailed to me) you can get a FREE Review of the questionnaires that I have developed in the book that will help determine up front if this is the path for you and/or your child. We will spend 30 minutes to review and discuss your answers.
Indulge yourself on some honesty regarding the Business of Acting, which is a rarity. The book covers actors, parents of actors and retirees. I focus on Background (Extra) work for Retirees as today Retirees either have to supplement their income or Retirees just want something to do. Background work is a lot of fun if you are in a filming city. There are many cities all over the country that do filming, not just NYC/LA. You can purchase the book above to get more information.
What is different in this book is that it is not any thing you've come across. The book addreses the BIG Picture (not film) and shows you how to navigate the Acting industry without it costing you an arm and a leg and the necessity of rummaging through a 300 page book.
I discuss conscisely all of the different aspects of the Business of Acting. Covered are the relationships you come across and need to maintain from your Acting Coach, Casting Directors to Talent Agents and Talent Managers along with Production on a Set. As I state in my book “The Cast of Characters” no pun intended. The guidebook also covers the responsibilities of the parents of Child Actors. It gives you the "Parent Bootcamp" of Child Actors in an easy to read manual
Every actor has questions and as in my book I state that one can ask the same question to 5 people in the industry and get 5 different answers.