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9781595800442

The Quotable Actor 1001 Pearls of Wisdom from Actors Talking About Acting

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    9781595800442

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    1595800441

  • Edition: Original
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-08-01
  • Publisher: Santa Monica Press
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Summary

Collecting advice, quotes, essays, and observations from hundreds of famous actors and highly regarded acting teachers, this book covers a wide range of topics on the art and history of acting. Entertaining, instructive, and informative, it is organized into specific, easy-to- search categories, such as On Why We Act; On Auditioning, Struggling, and Building a Career; and On Gender Differences and Aging in the Biz. From art and technique to business and lifestyle, entries include fascinating anecdotes and advice from some of the greatest actors in history - Marlon Brando commenting on the rehearsal process, Meryl Streep's advice on building a character, Al Pacino recalling what it was like to be a starving young artist, beauty tips from some of Hollywood's leading ladies, recollections of horrible auditions from A-list stars, and musings from Jack Nicholson, Edwin Booth, and many others. Additional contributors include Constantin Stanislavski, Daniel Day-Lewis, Ellen Burstyn, Julie Andrews, Paul Newman, and Peter O'Toole - providing insights into the actor's craft that are equally useful to young actors just starting out and accomplished professionals looking for inspiration in the words of peers.

Author Biography

Damon DiMarco teaches acting and directing in the theater arts department of Drew University. He is the author of the oral-history collections Heart of War: Soldier's Voices from the Front Lines of Iraq and Tower Stories: An Oral History of 9/11 and the coauthor of The Actor's Art and Craft and Out of Bounds. He lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 7
On What Acting Isp. 9
On What Actors Arep. 17
On Actors and Societyp. 23
On Why We Actp. 31
On Conquering Stage Fright and Developing Confidence in Your Talentp. 49
On the Actor's Lifep. 65
On Auditioningp. 85
On Struggling and Building a Careerp. 93
On the Importance of Technique and Trainingp. 117
On the Importance of Maintaining a Healthy and Expressive Instrumentp. 135
On the Importance of Imagination, Inspiration, Fantasy, and Storytellingp. 143
On Building a Characterp. 153
On Rehearsals and the Acting Processp. 173
On Collaborating with Directors, Writers, Producers, Designers, and Other Industry Professionalsp. 195
On the Stage and the Screenp. 215
On Doing Television: Soaps, Sitcoms, Episodics, and Live Broadcastsp. 231
On Dealing with the Ups and Downs of Fame and Fortunep. 237
On Hollywood, Broadway, and Show Businessp. 255
On Gender Differences and Aging in the Bizp. 271
On Awards and Awards Ceremoniesp. 281
On Getting Typecastp. 287
On the Importance of Keeping It Real and Having a Lifep. 297
Shakespeare on Actingp. 309
Acknowledgmentsp. 315
Sourcesp. 316
Indexp. 350
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