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So You Want to Be a Star: A Teenager's Guide to Breaking into Showbusiness

So You Want to Be a Star: A Teenager's Guide to Breaking into Showbusiness

by Randi Reisfeld, Lisa Clancy (Editor)

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Gr 5-10-- The title tells it ``like'' it is--this is not a training manual for the ``theatuh.'' The high art of the drama is a definite second fiddle to the goal of stardom. The stage is pretty much dismissed as a training ground on the way to the heights--a place to get experience, but not an end in itself. Still, that's okay; this book doesn't pretend to be anything else. The emphasis on the electronic media--commercials, television, the movies, or records--is probably just what its readers are looking for, and the dream of stardom and big bucks is acknowledged on every page. Each straightforward chapter deals with a practical aspect of breaking into show business, and is followed by a short profile of a youthful star who gives sound, if platitudinous, advice on making it. The prose is ponderous and tends to be repetitive, but offers good advice. Walter Williamson's Early Stages (Walker, 1986) emphasizes the theater, but covers much of the other material in fewer pages. It also has an index, which this book lacks. But the combination of sound advice, pre-teen idols, and specific addresses and phone numbers should make it popular with casual readers, report writers, and serious pavement pounders. --Sally T. Margolis, Park Ridge Pub . Lib . , IL

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