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Hitting Your Mark explains how to make it as a film actor and, more importantly, how to conduct your life as a working professional in a very competitive business.
Posted August 5, 2006
Now in a newly updated and expanded second edition, Hitting Your Mark: Making A Life - And A Living - As A Film Actor is a 266-page, hard-hitting, factual, complete reference and how-to book for the aspiring media actor. Hitting Your Mark should be required reading for all would-be film actors. All imaginable Actors' 101 questions are dealt with up front, and some that are tough to imagine. Author Steve Carlson has drawn on his thirty eight years of experience TV and films to create an excellent textbook for actors. Because it is a second edition, it is divided into Book one, which deals with introductions to the basics of camera, set, and stage, technical areas, marks and blocking, camera awareness, working to 'please' the camera, love scenes, editing, teleprompter and cue cards, light and sound, and unique situations and positions, plus auditions on camera. Book Two contains more information about the actual life and experiences of a media actor and the requirements and expectations that make a professional actor successful, or at least, likely to be rehired. The author refers to learning that all production is a team effort, to developing professional POV, or point of view, by which he means 'Attitude.' Attitude can be all-important in determining an actor's level of success and even whether or not they will enjoy their success. The following statement sums up much of what the author believes: 'A seasoned professional uses his experience to anticipate problems before they occur and help others on the set who may not be as comfortable as they (p. 191).' Carlson goes on to cover readiness, competing, success and failure, finances (or show busine$$), life off the set, and wrap-up. Some of his closing Thoughts to Live By are priceless: 'Do not act like a 'star... Be good and true to the people who are being good to you... Keep your word...Keep your personal life as simple as possible...Keep good care of money matters...Never be in a position where you 'have' to have this part. Do not borrow money from anyone except the bank and even then, only in dire necessity or when buying a house. (After your career is off and running.) Don't ask, or even permit, someone to do for you what you wouldn't do for them...No one was ever hired out of pity and never will be. You have to be good to play this game (pp. 259-260).' Hitting Your Mark is an actor's friend. It does not pretend to be an actor's teacher, that will be experience, but it provides the information to allow an actor to make the most of his or her experience.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.