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

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Shelby Rose

Shelby is in her twenties, originally from Southern California, and has been pursuing acting in New York for four years. She graduated from Boston Conservatory with a B.F.A. and continues vocal, dance, and acting training in New York. Her New York and regional theatre credits include How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Oklahoma!, The Importance of Being Earnest, No, No, Nanette, Meet Me in St. Louis, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Seagull, and The Heidi Chronicles. She also performed national tours of A Christmas Carol and Babes in Toyland.

I originally started out studying opera. A friend talked me into going to an audition for a graduate-directed play simply as moral support for him. I wasn't even planning on auditioning, but they offered me Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream and I turned it down. I said, "I'm not an actor," but the director talked me into doing it. I loved it, and the bug bit me. It was completely unintended.

I've been waiting tables for ninety percent of my income because it's the most convenient. I wish I could say it was from acting. It will be from acting. But right now, it's waiting tables. Most actors wait tables, but if you can find something that you do well, most definitely do it,

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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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