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Worried about short rehearsal time? Think that fluffing your lines will be the end of your career? Are you afraid you'll be typecast? Is there such a thing as acting too much? How should a stage actor adjust performance for a camera? And how should an actor behave backstage?

The Actor's Survival Handbook gives you answers to all these questions and many more. Written with verve and humor, this utterly essential tool speaks to every actor's deepest concerns. Drawing upon their years of experience on stage, backstage, and with the camera, Patrick Tucker and Christine Ozanne offer forthright advice on topics from breathing to props, commitment to learning lines, audience response to simply landing the job in the first place. The book is rich with examples - both technical and inspirational. And because a director and an actor won't always agree, the two writers sometimes even offer alternative responses to a dilemma, giving the reader both an actor's take and a director's take on a particular point.

Like Patrick Tucker's Secrets of Screen Acting, this new book is written with wit and passion, conveying the authors' powerful conviction that success is within every actor's grasp.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780878301744
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/1/2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrick Tucker has staged plays and musicals, directed for television, and taught acting workshops throughout the world. A member of the board of Shakespeare's Globe (which rebuilt the Globe Theatre on London's Southbank), he is the author of Secrets of Screen Acting and Secrets of Acting Shakespeare. Christine Ozanne trained at RADA, acted in the original production of Tom Stoppard's Dirty Linen, and has since worked as an actress, teacher, and prompter. Tucker and Ozanne are cofounders of the Original Shakespeare Company. They live in London.

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Table of Contents

Acting : what is it? 1
Agents 4
Amateur dramatics 6
Anecdotes and jokes 8
Attitude 10
Audience 12
Auditions 14
Battle of the sexes 17
Be yourself (plus!) 20
Believability 22
Blowing your nose 25
Breaking up (corpsing) 27
Business (biz) 29
Casting directors 32
Comedy and farce 34
Commercial casting sessions 38
Commitment 42
Conservatories and drama schools 44
Consistency 46
Costumes, wigs, and shoes 48
Crew 51
Designers 54
Dialects and accents 56
Directors 58
Discussions 61
Don't ask for permission 63
Don't give up 65
Drugs 68
Editing and acting 70
Example : Al and Bob's first meeting 72
Example : Anna Christie and her dad 75
Example : Broadway versus Hollywood 78
Example : brother and sister act 82
Example : Kate and Corpsing 85
Example : Lady Bracknell's handbag 89
Example : Mr. and Mrs. Noah fight 93
Example : Mr. Horner is exactly that 96
Example : Noel Coward on the phone 99
Example : Olivia's ends 103
Example : plunging in the deep end 105
Example : princely business 109
Example : signs of the times 112
Example : the silence of the lads 116
Example : valuable verbals 119
Example : you, thee - and the gold 122
Eye-to-eye contact 125
Fellow actors 128
Film versus television 131
Forgetting lines 133
Further training 136
Gear changes 138
Getting work 140
Good and bad taste 143
Hierarchy 145
Homework 147
Illness 149
Improvisation 151
Instinct versus intellect 154
Interviews 156
It's not what it used to be 158
Jobs requiring acting skills 160
Journey 162
Know your image 164
Laughter 166
Learning lines 169
Less is more? 172
Let the words do the work 174
Medieval acting 176
Melodrama acting 177
Method acting 179
Mistakes 182
Modern contemporary acting 184
Money is probably the answer 186
Movement and gestures 188
Multicamera versus single camera 192
Never say no 194
No training 196
Notes 198
Open auditions 202
Opposites 204
Outside-in versus inside-out 206
Over the top 209
Pauses 211
Performing 213
Photographs 215
Problems 218
Producers 220
Projection 222
Properties (props) 224
Pulling focus 226
Punctuality 228
Qualifications 230
Radio acting 232
Readings 235
Rehearsals (long, short, or none) 238
Rehearsing 241
Rejection 244
Restoration acting 247
Resumes 249
Role-play 251
Screen acting 254
Screen cheating 257
Screen reactions 260
Screen vocal levels 262
Sex and violence 264
Shakespeare acting 266
Shakespeare : first folio 268
Shakespeare : prose or poetry 271
Shakespeare : simple or complicated 274
Shakespeare : verse 277
Shakespeare : what you call people 280
Shakespeare : wordplay 283
Shooting and acting 285
Stars 287
Starting off 290
Step-by-step 292
Style 294
Teaching acting 296
Technical and dress rehearsals 298
Technique 300
Ten-second rule 302
Text 304
The team 308
Thinking 311
Training 313
Truth 315
Typecasting 319
University courses 321
Versatility 323
Voice 325
Whatever works 327
You (your other life) 329
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