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

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

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

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

Synopsis

What is it like to pursue a career in acting? Forty working actors comment on auditions, day jobs, agents, rejection, and what drives them to keep going when there is no work. These personal essays have been drawn from interviews with actors at different stages in their careers. Some have just begun; others have frequented Broadway, film, and television. They share stories of every aspect of being a professional actor, from heart-wrenching rejection, to the exhilaration of getting that first big part. Their often humorous stories, from the practical to the inspirational, will be invaluable for anyone studying acting or already embarking on a career.

Excerpt

"I just want to act, sing, and dance,"I heard myself say to someone, and I know many other actors feel the same way. It takes devotion and courage to travel down the road of acting, since in addition to our pursuit we have to deal with paying the bills, rejection, and times of no work.

This book gives helpful advice on how to approach the everyday financial and emotional challenge of pursuing a career in acting. The actors interviewed are at different stages in their careers. Some are just starting out; others have frequented Broadway, film, and television. The suggestions given are yours for the taking. Of course, what works for someone else may not work for you. However, I hope you will find suggestions that will strike a chord with you, and help you creatively.

These actors candidly share their experiences and give words of advice at the end of each chapter. Some words of advice are simple and helpful, while others are encouraging, cautioning, inspiring, and spiritual. They also address dealing with rejection, slow periods when there's not much work, and issues of ethnicity.

The actors I have interviewed are at all different levels in their careers, from different backgrounds, and of various ages. In fact, you will find that some actors will not state their age in the introduction of a . . .

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