“A Survivor’s Guide To Hollywood” from Robin Riker helps navigate your career and life

RobinRiker's new book

If you’d like some help navigating your career challenges and maybe even improve your life, there’s a book by actress Robin Riker called “A Survivor’s Guide to Hollywood.” It’s not just for showbiz folks, it is full of great advice, intelligent insights, and great motivation to get ahead in a variety of business and personal ventures.

The entire title of the book is “A Survivor’s Guide to Hollywood: How to Play the Game Without Losing Your Soul,” and it is written from the heart and soul. Robin genuinely wants to help people benefit from her experiences, and avoid mistakes that litter everyone’s path. But don’t think that it’s a dry “How-to” read. Her book is packed with funny stories and she takes you on her journey of being a working actress and making the most of her life. She peppers her tales with interesting anecdotes from the sets, auditions, and hanging out with her actor friends. There are quotes from surprising sources too.

Albert Einstein said, “You can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.” Always accentuating the positive, Robin prefers the latter.

“I want people to feel like they are sitting down with a good friend, talking about life, it’s up and downs, and getting good advice,” Robin explains, noting that her book is available worldwide on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Samuel French, in addition to www.RobinRiker.com. With all of that she smiles and says, “Woohoo, it’s a great day,” which has become sort of her uplifting signature phrase.

Robin believes the remedy from getting self-absorbed in Hollywood (or any town) is living your life between the auditions or your time on the job. “I think it’s important to surround yourself with people who support what you want to do–not an ‘entourage,’ but an ‘en-courage’ group around you. And it’s not always easy, but it’s okay to give yourself permission to enjoy a beautiful day, time with a friend. Things that will change your whole outlook on life include giving yourself credit for what you do, complimenting strangers, exercising the muscle of positive thinking as often as you can.”

It was positively a great day when I met Robin more than 30 years ago on the set of the cult classic movie Alligator (written by John Sayles). She looks as lovely now as then when she was playing the leading lady opposite the dashing Robert Forster. I had a bit part as the bride whose wedding was crashed by the gigantic alligator, and Robin was ultra-nice to me. It’s something you don’t forget, especially when it’s your first experience on a film set.

Of course Robin has lots of experience on film and TV sets. She was nominated twice for Cable Ace awards as Best Actress in a Comedy Series for Showtime’s groundbreaking Brothers. She starred as Ed Asner’s daughter on ABC’s Thunder Alley, and a nemesis to Chris Elliott on Fox TV’s Get a Life. She also starred on The Gregory Hines Show, and had recurring parts on The Glades, Reba, and Boston Legal. Other memorable roles were on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Six Feet Under, and countless guest starring appearances. On stage she’s starred off-Broadway, and in L.A. at the Geffen Playhouse and Falcon Theatre. And she continues to enjoy being “a successful working actor” by following her own good advice. #

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Margie Barron has written for a wide variety of outlets including Gannett newspapers, Nickelodeon, Tiger Beat and 16 Magazine, Fresh!, Senior Life, Production Update, airline magazines, etc. Margie is also proud to be half of the husband and wife writing team Frank & Margie Barron, who have written together for various entertainment and travel publications for more than 30 years.

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