Acting A to Z: The Young Person's Guide to a Stage or Screen Career

Acting A to Z: The Young Person's Guide to a Stage or Screen Career

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by Katherine Mayfield
     
 

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Lots of kids want to be actors. Thousands of them. Millions of them. The ones who are serious need a copy of Acting A to Z. Industry insider Katherine Mayfield explains exactly what it's like to be an actor, including what kind of training the young person will need, comparisons of the different types of acting, how to find work, how to prepare for an audition,

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Lots of kids want to be actors. Thousands of them. Millions of them. The ones who are serious need a copy of Acting A to Z. Industry insider Katherine Mayfield explains exactly what it's like to be an actor, including what kind of training the young person will need, comparisons of the different types of acting, how to find work, how to prepare for an audition, and what to expect during rehearsal. There's also tons of helpful information on unions, casting directors, headshots, resumes, and much more. Reassuring without being patronizing, Acting A to Z is the one book that every aspiring child actor needs.

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For every young person who has ever dreamed of acting on the stage or in film, this book is a comprehensive look at what it means to be a professional actor. A stage and television actor herself, Katherine Mayfield candidly offers all the truths about what it is REALLY like to try and make a living as an actor. No aspect of the craft is overlooked in this helpful guide. There is even a suggested list of thirty-five plays to be familiar with, a hint that can be followed up on immediately by the truly dedicated. Many rules to live by and explanations of such specific elements as timing and self-esteem are discussed. The reader will be informed on what to expect and also gain some insight into the largely important business side to pursuing an acting career. Certain definitions can be found adjacent to the text in each chapter. Terms such as "ad-lib" and "sense-memory" are simplified, which helps speak to people with or without much exposure to the world of acting. Many photos from stage performances are included, as well as interviews with young aspiring stars. This book relates to the dreams of the hopeful actor, and is essential for anyone curious about what it would really be like to work as a professional performer.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823088010
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/01/1998
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
1030L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

Katherine Mayfield has performed across the country for more than thirty years. Among her favorite roles are Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker and Rosalind in As You Like It. She has also appeared on The Guiding Light. She lives in Lake Pleasant, Massachusetts.

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Acting A to Z: The Young Person's Guide to a Stage or Screen Career 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It helped me get into the acting biz and now i have a agent been in 2 print adds 1 runway show and 3 commercial all becaus i picked up this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book is not a good book actors. the best thing to do is to attend john robert powers they will teach you alot .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Theater is a way of life. Respect that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looks good! I have always wanted to be an actor and this seems a good tool....