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

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Yassmin Alers

Yassmin is originally from New York and has been pursuing a theatrical career for five years. She studied at the Academy of Dramatic Arts and the Herbert Berghoff studio. She performed in the Off-Broadway productions Bring in the Morning and Blocks. She understudied Mrs. Walker in the European premiere of The Who's Tommy, and has done numerous industrials. She made her Broadway debut in Rent.

I had been pursuing a career in the recording field and it never took off. So, for a change of pace and my own sanity, I decided to do something else. That took me to musical theatre five years ago, and it's been a successful five years.

I was able to make a living doing what I love to do, which is singing. I sang with my own band in various nightclubs and at weddings. I wasn't in the best scenarios at times, but at least I got to keep my voice up and strengthen it. A lot of actors, dancers, and singers work the front of the houses in Broadway theatres. They usher, or work the box office, and bounce around from theatre to theatre. In fact, two of our ushers for Rent got roles in the Boston production.

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Table of contents

  • 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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