The Pursuit of Acting: Working Actors Share Their Experience and Advice

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Alfonso Freeman

Alfonso is thirty-eight years old and has been pursuing acting professionally for six years. He is originally from Los Angeles and has trained with acting teachers there. His film credits include featured roles in Kiss the Girls, The American President, Seven, The Shawshank Redemption, and a voice-over in Bopha. In theatre, his credits include Man of La Mancha, The Visit, H.M.S. Pinafore, Guys and Dolls, and A View from the Bridge. He has also filmed a commercial for British Petroleum that will be shown in South Africa.

I've always liked attention and I've always been talented in the arts. The thing that kicked me over the edge, though, was watching my dad, Morgan Freeman, succeed. I've always been acting, but I had never gone after it professionally. When I got laid off from my job of thirteen years in aerospace, the next day I said, "I'm an actor." My dad succeeded, why can't I? I decided to challenge myself in the arts because that's where I have my greatest strength, and that's where I have my greatest love.

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Introduction xiii
  • Part I - New York 1
  • 1 - Tamara Mark 3
  • 2 - Danny Koch 9
  • 3 - Gaffy Pastore 13
  • 4 - Emma Palzere 17
  • 5 - Veronica James 21
  • 6 - Calvin Remsberg 25
  • 7 - Ken Salley 31
  • 8 - Edward Tilghman 35
  • 9 - Luisa Di Capua 37
  • 10 - Tracy Bryce 41
  • 11 - Yassmin Alers 45
  • 12 - Doug Blackburn 49
  • 13 - Max Ryan 53
  • 14 - Shelby Rose 57
  • 15 - Trevor Wallace 61
  • 16 - Leanne Whitne 65
  • 17 - Colleen Davie 69
  • 18 - Philip J. Mastrelli 73
  • 19 - Abiola Abrams 77
  • 20 - June Angela 81
  • Part II - Los Angeles 85
  • 21 - Robert Foxworth 87
  • 22 - Jaz Davison 91
  • 23 - Mary Dryden 95
  • Note 99
  • 24 - Jonathan Coogan 101
  • 25 - Kerry Carnahan 105
  • 26 - Reena Phillips 109
  • 27 - Jack Stauffer 113
  • 28 - Vance Valencia 117
  • 29 - Whitney Weston 121
  • 30 - Kristen Miller 125
  • 31 - Jeff Asch 129
  • 32 - Joe Greco 133
  • 33 - Denny Evans 137
  • 34 - Gabrielle De Cuir 141
  • 35 - Alfonso Freeman 145
  • 36 - Gayle Rogers 149
  • 37 - Peter Van Norden 153
  • 38 - Ted Katzoff 157
  • 39 - Richard Kinsey 161
  • 40 - William Schallert 167
  • Selected Bibliography 173
  • Index 175
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