The Map

The Map

An Actor's Guide to On-Camera Acting

Stef Tovar


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The MAP: An Actor's Guide to On-Camera Acting teaches on-camera acting in a practical and technical way—helping new actors understand the rules of on-camera acting as if they are learning a foreign language and applying that language to their acting skill set. The book gives actors a step-by-step technique on how to audition for on-camera acting jobs and what to do on set after booking them.

Many on-camera acting books are written by established movie stars and aren't geared toward actors in an undergraduate acting program or those who are just starting to audition for on-camera jobs for the first time. Stef Tovar teaches his proven on-camera acting technique, shows actors how to make the perfect self-tape, and prepares them for life on set—detailing the differences between working in the theater vs. working in television and film. The author peppers the text with his own stories from set as examples, including auditioning for Lee Daniels and working with Matt Damon, Steven Soderbergh, and many others. The MAP is a funny and encouraging perspective from a seasoned actor who shares with aspiring actors things no one tells you before booking your first on-camera acting job.


Stef Tovar:

Stef Tovar is an award-winning actor, author, and on-camera acting coach from Chicago. His breakout on-screen role was Dr. Arrington in Contagion, directed by Steven Soderbergh—where he treats Patient Zero (Gwyneth Paltrow) and must tell her husband (Matt Damon) of her death. As an actor, Stef works regularly in television, film, commercials, and theater and splits his time between Chicago and Los Angeles. Tovar teaches his on-camera acting workshop at universities, acting studios and casting offices across the country. Learn more at