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Actor's Field Guide: Notes on the Run

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From a veteran actor, teacher, and author, here is a quick-reference guide aimed at working actors. Got a funny scene that doesn't seem very funny? Look up "comedy." Got a scene in which you're supposed to cry? Look up "cry." Each entry includes a brief introduction to the topic, followed by several pages of short, bulleted tips or "field notes" that offer quick solutions to any acting problem. In addition, there are brief essays throughout that expand on some of the trickier aspects of the actor's craft. Edgy, ...
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Overview

From a veteran actor, teacher, and author, here is a quick-reference guide aimed at working actors. Got a funny scene that doesn't seem very funny? Look up "comedy." Got a scene in which you're supposed to cry? Look up "cry." Each entry includes a brief introduction to the topic, followed by several pages of short, bulleted tips or "field notes" that offer quick solutions to any acting problem. In addition, there are brief essays throughout that expand on some of the trickier aspects of the actor's craft. Edgy, concise, and infinitely helpful, no working actor will want to be without this one-of-a-kind guide.

• There are 100,000 members in actors unions in the US, with a 50% turnover

• Unique quick reference guide for busy actors

• Advice on everything from rehersals to auditioning and memorizing lines

• Author has trained thousands of actors, including Heather Locklear and Teri Hatcher

• Advertising in Back Stage magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823001156
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.02 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Ed Hooks has been a nationally recognized actor, teacher, and columnist for 30 years. He has appeared in more than 100 television shows, including Murder, She Wrote, Days of Our Lives, and Home Improvement. He is the author of four books, including The Audition Book and The Ultimate Scene and Monologue Sourcebook. He lives in Chicago.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments IV
How to Use This Guide XII
Chapter 1 Audition 1
First Impressions 4
Preparation 6
What to Bring to the Audition 7
What to Wear 7
Confidence 9
Dealing with Nerves 10
Selecting Audition Material 12
Presenting Your Monologue 14
Reading from the Script 17
Callback Strategies 18
Commercials 19
Body Language 20
The Casting Couch 22
Handling a Request for Nudity 22
Voice Projection 24
Accents 25
Laughter 25
Kissing 26
Chapter 2 Rehearsal 27
Approaching the Script 32
Sticking to the Script 34
Stage Directions 34
Memorizing Lines 35
Working on Accents 36
Line Readings 36
Getting Along with the Other Actors 37
Rehearsal Dress 37
Props 38
Adrenaline 39
Rehearsing Fight Scenes 39
Playwrights 40
When the Playwright is Present 42
Directing 42
Getting in Touch With Your Inner Animal 42
Using the Other Characters' Lines 43
Playing Crazy 43
Playing a Racist 44
Playing a Suicidal Character 44
Playing a Child-like Character 44
Third-Person Perspective 45
Time Period 45
Religion 45
Smoking 46
Exposing the Character 46
Being Yourself 47
Imposing Yourself on Your Character 48
Respecting Your Character 51
Sexual Orientation 52
Using Your Experiences 52
Evolutionary Psychology 53
Playing Shakespeare 54
Masculine and Feminine 55
Chapter 3 Playing the Scene 57
Playing an Action 59
Raising the Stakes 61
Emotions 62
Anger 64
Emotional Experience 65
Acting with the Heart 67
Loss of Control 68
Being in the Moment 69
Beginning in the Middle 70
Justifying 71
Multitasking 72
Laughter 72
Comedy 73
Crying 75
Working with Opposites 77
The Audience 77
Getting Beneath the Literal 80
Relating to Your Scene Partner 82
Taking Risks 85
Creating Atmosphere 87
Substitution 90
Being Specific 90
Conflict 93
Negotiating 95
Projection 95
Voice 96
Body Language 96
Enjoying Yourself 97
Self-Monitoring 98
Switching Actions and Objectives 98
Indicating 99
Mistakes 102
Dealing with Reality 102
Opening Night 104
Acting While You're Sick 104
Sexual Situations 104
Eating on Stage 105
Alcohol 106
Playing Drunk 107
Smoking on Stage 108
Eye Contact 108
Lying 108
Conveying Need 109
Kissing 109
Breakup Scene 110
Negotiating Status 111
Acting with Your Body 111
Portraying Anxiety 112
Nudity 112
Further Thoughts 112
Chapter 4 Acting in Film 115
Stepping into the Shot 117
Crossing to Your Mark 117
Continuity 118
Close-ups 119
Fitting into the Frame of the Shot 121
Sound 122
Tracking Shots 123
Steadicam 123
Starting and Stopping 124
Reactions 124
The Cinematographer 126
Role Models 126
Chapter 5 Career Strategies 127
Theatrical Publications 131
Performing Unions 131
Training 132
Photos 133
Resume 135
Talent Agents 137
Residuals 139
Working with a Bad Script 139
Role Models 140
Cutting Class 141
Finding Your "Type" 141
Commercials 142
Internet Databases 143
Casting Director Workshops 143
Modeling Conventions 144
Hollywood 144
New York 145
Chicago 145
Getting Along with Others 145
Community Theater 146
Casting Calls 147
Appearance 148
Dealing with Rejection 149
Breaking the Rules 150
Selling Yourself 150
Making Ends Meet 151
Voice-overs 152
Working in Cartoons 153
Turning Down a Role 153
Reality Shows 154
Having Opinions 154
Right-to-Work Laws 155
Character Actors 156
English as a Second Language 156
Bad Reviews 157
Beta Blockers 157
Getting Fired 157
Quitting 158
Further Reading 159
Index 166
About the Author 178
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