Raves

I found more good advice in A Survivor’s Guide to Hollywood than in all the other books I’ve come across…for the actors I’ve worked with who have had the greatest success, from Martin Sheen to Tom Hanks to Anna Deavere Smith, this could not be more true. I will recommend this book to every starry–eyed young actor as well as to those seasoned pros who’ve found themselves stuck in that dreaded dry spot between gigs and just about ready to give it all up… Robin’s book is more than an excellent survivor’s guide for all actors: It’s an intimate, sincere, tough but heartwarming perspective into the realities of show business.

– W. Stuart McDowell
Chair and Artistic Director, Dept of Theatre, Dance & Motion Pictures,
Wright State University and Founding Artistic Director,
Riverside Shakespeare Company of New York City

 

I have read many books advising actors or ‘wannabes’ and even given blurbs for some of them, but this is the best in preparing your soul for Assault Hollywood. It’s a great read and filled with intelligent, instructive and rewarding information on braving the chills of Show Biz. It’s inspiring. I aspire to work with her.

– Edward Asner

 

Survivor, indeed!
Robin Riker has been a friend for years but I hadn’t completely known her gift for guidance. She writes this wonderful book with wit, and sometimes brutal honesty. What a journey we are privileged to join. Not just for Actors or for Hollywood Hopefuls, this is like having a cocktail with a friend and mentor. She tells us with panache’…not only about how to survive, but about how to thrive.
Buy it. Read it. Give it away to friends old and young.
This was a joy to experience.

– Jon Polito

 

A Survivor’s Guide Is a wonderful, satisfying read…
such a gift for the neophyte and a valuable reminder to veterans as well! These stories from the trenches combined with that special brand of Robin Riker humor kept me turning the pages! It is a good primer for EVERYONE in showbiz, not just actors. Riker really delivered a solid plan for survival, teaching that how one deals with the wins and the losses of this business is a CHOICE not a mandate.

– Linda Bergman
Writer / Producer
Global eBook Award Winner 2011
Arts and Entertainment Category for “So You Think Your Life’s a Movie?”

 

Reading a chapter in Robin Riker’s wonderful book is like spending and hour with her over a glass of champagne. She will charm you, make you laugh, keep the conversation lively but all the while she is purposeful and focused and, if you listen, she gives you some damn good advice!

– Daniel Henning
Founding Artistic Director
The Blank Theatre, Hollywood

 

Like a best friend, Robin Riker takes you under her experienced wing, and with a combat-humor and tough love, she shares her wisdom. You won’t want to leave her side.

– Kerrie Keane
Actress / Coach

 

Really Robin, your book is totally charming. It is clearly written in your voice, which is no small feat. The advice isn’t burdened with cliches but manages to be practical. Your illustrations of that advice are pertinent and revelatory of you and the advice offered. If this is marketed properly, it’s a winner.

– Beegie Trusedale
Partner to Bill Carrick
Patron of the Arts and
VERY well connected friend of mine

 

Robin's-Book-Cover

 

I hope it sells like hotcakes!

– Tom Hanks

 

Robin Riker, has written the definitive survivor’s manual for Hollywood…..but, no matter your chosen profession, you’ll learn and laugh your way through her Tinseltown tour.

– Bill Carrick
Democratic strategist and media consultant

 

I loved this book! A must read guide for the novice as well as for the seasoned, professional actor traveling the often bumpy roads of Holly-weird. If only this was in print when I was starting out.

– Jodi Long
Actress

 

Wow, finally a guide to survival in “the Biz” that reads like a conversation with a dear friend over coffee on Wilshire Boulevard. Robin Riker’s new book is a refreshing lesson in how to learn the most from someone who’s been there – both in work and out of work, both fabulously successful with a steady paycheck and, like most actors in America, waiting by the phone or in the casting director’s office, waiting for that next break, and wondering, is this really the right career for me?

I found more good advice in “A Survivor’s Guide to Hollywood” than in all the other books I’ve come across put together.

Robin’s book is more than an excellent survival guide for all actors: it’s an intimate, sincere, tough but heart-warming perspective into the realities of one of the most challenging – and the most rewarding – professions in America today.

It’s a no-nonsense book filled with common sense, and loads of experience. It’s written by someone who’s been there and done that… someone who’s had success and found jobs by paying her dues and working hard…and by someone, who’s taken the time to think about what’s worked and what hasn’t, and now, by golly, has written all this down in one glorious book.

When Robin writes that “Hollywood has a life of its own and doesn’t care about yours” she’s giving you some of the best advice a seasoned pro can give a novitiate.

The book is one of the most readable books of its kind. Filled with pithy statements of truth about the business and the life of an actor, like “Follow your gut. Opt for the brave choice.” For the actors I’ve worked with who’ve had the greatest success, from Martin Sheen to Tom Hanks, to Anna Deavere Smith, this could not be more true. Right on, Robin!

I will recommend this book to every starry-eyed young actor starting out in the business, as well as to those seasoned pros who’ve found themselves stuck in that dreaded dry spot between gigs, when they’re just about ready to give it all up.

– W. Stuart McDowell
Chair & Artistic Director, Dept of Theatre, Dance & Motion Pictures
Wright State University
Founding Artistic Director
Riverside Shakespeare Company of New York City