The Complete Idiot's Guide to Acting [NOOK Book]

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You're no idiot, of course. You've got tons of talent, but when it comes to bringing it centerstage you feel like you're just winging it. You love the smell of the greasepaint and the roar of the crowd, but you're not sure how to follow your dream.



Don't overreact! 'The Complete Idiot's Guide to Acting' will help you hone your thespain skills and step into the limelight! In this 'Complete Idiot's Guide', ...

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Overview

You're no idiot, of course. You've got tons of talent, but when it comes to bringing it centerstage you feel like you're just winging it. You love the smell of the greasepaint and the roar of the crowd, but you're not sure how to follow your dream.



Don't overreact! 'The Complete Idiot's Guide to Acting' will help you hone your thespain skills and step into the limelight! In this 'Complete Idiot's Guide', you get:


-Auditioning etiquette and tips on making a strong impression.


-Rehearsal rigor, from read-throughs and blocking to taking stage directions and dealing with backstage gossip.


-Tips on balancing theatrics with other obligations like school, work, and your family.


-Tons more reasons why acting is important, from how it affects your everyday life to how it could help get you a scholarship or a promotion.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440625756
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/2001
  • Series: COMPLETE IDIOT'S GUIDE
  • Sold by: DK
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

PAUL BALDWIN, a writer, acted at North Texas State University, in community theater, and for 15 years as a professional. During his professional career, he played such roles as Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha, King Arthur in Camelot, and the title role in Sweeney Todd.



JOHN MALONE has written or ghost-written nearly 50 books, including Predicting the Future: From Jules Verne to Bill Gates and The Encyclopedia of Figure Skating, both under his own name. He acted in numerous productions while attending Phillips Academy, Andover, and Harvard College.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 The Acting Bug 1
1 Lifelong Susceptibility 3
2 Proud Parents 13
3 A High School Schedule 23
4 College Triumphs 33
5 A Place in Your Community 43
Part 2 Skills of the Theater 53
6 Natural Gifts 55
7 Lessons Can't Hurt 67
8 Learning on Your Own 77
9 Experience Counts 87
10 Looks Aren't Everything 99
Part 3 Oh, Those Auditions 109
11 Picture and Resume 111
12 Know What They're Looking For 119
13 I Feel a Song Coming On 131
14 Dressing the Part? 143
15 Audition Etiquette 153
16 The Waiting Game 163
Part 4 Rehearsal Rigors 175
17 Scheduling Nightmares 177
18 The Early Stages 187
19 Cast Dynamics 199
20 Taking Direction 209
21 Making Progress 219
Part 5 "We Open Next Thursday" 233
22 Creative Costuming 235
23 Tech and "Techies" 247
24 Dress Rehearsals 259
25 Opening Night 271
26 The Run of the Play 281
Part 6 What Is a Professional? 293
27 Experience and Dependability 295
28 Getting Paid 305
29 Should You Turn Pro? 315
30 Getting a Union Card 325
Appendixes
A Stage Directions Glossary 335
B Acting School Directory 339
C Play and Sheet Music Sources 343
D Further Reading 345
Index 347
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  • Posted June 25, 2011

    Do not buy this book

    If I could return Nook downloads I would. The first 50 pages merely talk about kids getting acting forbstage parents. The section on community theatre merely repeats the introduction. The chapter on voice just gives anecdotes on why people should get tutors but does not provide tips. The entire book is baaically second hand stories ie 'I knew a person who wanted to join local theatre and he did!' It is incredibly generic. It does not provide tangible advice. There are better introductory texts out there.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2008

    the bible for actors

    a perfect read for old and new actors alike. this concentrates more on stage acting than screen or television, but most of the rules still apply for all three in things such as auditions and getting along with fellow actors or directors. the authors go into through details on these and many more subjects that you will need to know. bring it to all acting classes, rehearsals and auditions... it's the bible for actors!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2003

    Must Have

    I found this book to be an informative fun easy read

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