How to Make Your Audience Fall in Love with You: Expert Advice on Acting Technique, Script Analysis, and Taking Risks

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I wish every actor who auditioned for me had read this book first.
- Carrie Frazier
Head of HBO Films Casting

Fresh, eye-opening, practical advice for actors.
- Thomas Derrah
Actor/Faculty, IAT Training at Harvard University
American Repertory Theatre/Moscow Art Theatre School

Every actor should read this book. Want to be a better actor or a better teacher? This is your book.
- Jose Luis Valenzuela
Head of the MFA directing program, UCLA
Artistic Director, the Latino Theater Company and the New Los Angeles Theater Center

Making an audience fall in love with you. That's what great acting is all about - no matter whether you're in a casting room, on stage, in film, or on television. In How to Make Your Audience Fall in Love with You, you'll find out how to go beyond the obvious and unleash your most exciting self in every role.

From Shakespeare to soap operas, in How to Make Your Audience Fall in Love with You veteran acting coach Deryn Warren helps you make the best of any script. Her analysis of scenes from such hits as When Harry Met Sally, The Green Mile, and Fawlty Towers will show you how to take big risks, deepen your choices, perfect your technique, and get parts.

How to Make Your Audience Fall in Love with You will take your acting to a new level - whether you're a working professional or just starting out. You'll get the first job and keep getting hired because casting directors will fall in love with you too.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325013930
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 9/4/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Deryn Warren is the author of the Heinemann Drama title How to Make Your Audience Fall in Love with You. She is an accomplished theater and film director. A graduate of the American Film Institute, Deryn has directed three feature films, all of which were financial successes and were brought in on time and on budget. Deryn Warren's thriller, "Black Magic Woman," was released under the Trimark label. The film starring Mark Hamill and Apollonia was produced by Marc Springer and Deryn Warren with Deryn Warren directing. It was brought in under budget and on time. It had a theatrical release in the and in Europe, where it continues to do well. Since its release, "Black Magic Woman" has trebled its original investment. Her previous two productions, "To the Devil a Son" and "Mirror of Death," both made more than four times their original investment. In addition to United Sates and international sales the films were also shown on Showtime and HBO. Deryn has cowritten screenplays and can adapt them to meet the parameters of specific budgets. She also produces the film through post-production. Control of budget and time is tight and problems are kept to a minimum. Because of this careful planning and attention to detail and budget, Deryn Warren is "bondable" on even low budget features. This is unusual for low-budget filmmaking and is added protection for the investor.Deryn Warren has also worked as an actress in London, New York and Los Angeles. In Los Angeles she directed prize winning plays including Angelica Huston in "A Garden Full of Snow." She is known for her ability to bring out exciting performances from actors, for her sense of story and for the pacing of her films. She has taught professional actors for years at her own studio, and she has taught The Art of Directing Actors atArtsCenterin Pasadena.Streetlife Productions recently hired Deryn Warren to direct a comedy short to be used as a promo for funding a feature film. The short, "Sweet Tessie and Bags," is now being submitted to film festivals.

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  • Posted February 6, 2013

    The Only Acting Book You'll Ever Need

    This book came highly recommended from a respected acting coach so I decided to pick it up. The verdict? I think it will likely become one of the most important acting books of my generation.

    Anyone in the business knows that Michael Shurtleff's "Audition" is one of the very best. Deryn Warren, one of Shurtleff's former students, expands on Shurtleff's core teachings to deliver an incredibly thorough and practical guide to the craft of acting. For me, the driving force behind Warren's work is her focus on script analysis. What are you fighting for? What is the subtext? Where are the events and discoveries? She also offers practical tips on how to make active choices when it comes to lists, what acting traps to avoid, and what perfect technique looks like in the auditioning room. Her chapters on Comedy and Script Analysis are truly exceptional and should be included in every actor's toolbox. There is so much more praise that I could heap on Warren's book but I implore you to find out for yourself.

    If you're a beginning actor then consider yourself lucky to have found this book so early in your career. Stick to Warren and Shurtleff's approach and you're in good hands. If you've been acting for a while then this book will surely refresh your passion for the craft.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 20, 2009

    An actor's bible

    Every actor should have this book, especially before a big audition. The author breaks down audition technique into clear, clever and easy to understand steps, with illuminating examples, insightful script analyses, and lots of humor. Just reading this makes me feel like a better actor and opens me up creatively. I can't wait for my next audition!

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  • Posted April 18, 2013

    The advice Deryn gives in the book is not just for the stage but

    The advice Deryn gives in the book is not just for the stage but for outside the stage too. And it works too. The title alone is something we all strive for. I mean, if you substitute audience for another noun like girl friend, boy friend, colleague, boss, new acquaintance, etc. don’t we all want to be liked. Absolutely!
    One can find a lot of books to help you succeed whether it is in business or in a relationship. And some are very popular and do have their advocates. But Deryn breaks it down to simpler terms. First, she tells you to be yourself. And she says that because each of us is unique and has our own special experiences that make us who we are. But one thing we all need to do if we are to succeed, whether it acting a role on stage, or selling a product or service to somebody, or trying to attract the opposite sex to name a few, is that we have to sell our self to that person or the audience. In a way, in our everyday life, we are all on stage, trying to sell ourselves.
    Some other topics include the use of humor, taking risks, and the use of “beats” as Deryn refers to it. We all love to laugh and when you can share a laugh with somebody, it is a good ice-breaker. Taking risks and succeeding more or less makes you more accomplished. And understanding “beats” is what Deryn means is the silences or pauses. It allows your audience to a wait what would be forthcoming from you. It could also mean to stay silent and listen.

    In summation, the advice is sound and practical. And wouldn’t it be nice if we had a director like Deryn, to guide us to a memorable performance.

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  • Posted February 26, 2013

    You realize that you're about to step out into something that is beyond yourself

    Deryn ~ My name is JOCK WASHINGTON. I not only have had the amazing pleasure and honor of coming across your book:
    "How To Make Your Audience Fall In Love With You" but I've also purchased the book and began to read and digest it myself.

    I am overwhelmed in the best of ways and I simply can't put this book down. I'm a 49 year old, African American Actor with HUGE DREAMS and I want to be the type of Actor that you speak of in your book: "A better Actor than I dreamed was possible." I want to be the type of Actor that illuminates the human spirit with my performances.

    I have HUGE DREAMS of one day being an "Academy Award" winning Actor. While I realize that this business is not about awards and such, I know that by reaching for the stars, striving to be the best that I can be, that at the very least, maybe, just maybe one day I'll end up on top of the world because of your courage to share the information in this book. THANK YOU!!

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  • Posted April 16, 2010

    A must have book.

    THis book teaches you to rise above the crowd and RISK! A must for any serious actor. AND it has a chapter by Michael Shurtleff. This book is recommended by the head of casting of HBO, Harvard and UCLA. It teaches a solid technique, script analysis, the use of humor and how to use youself in every role.

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