The Quotable Actor: 1001 Pearls of Wisdom from Actors Talking About Acting [NOOK Book]

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Collecting advice, quotes, essays, and observations from hundreds of famous actors and highly regarded acting teachers, The Quotable Actor covers a wide range of topics on the art and history of acting.

Entertaining, instructive, and informative, it is organized into specific, easy-to-search categories, such as "On Why We Act"; "On Auditioning"; "On Struggling and Building a Career"; and "On Gender Differences and Aging in the Biz."

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The Quotable Actor: 1001 Pearls of Wisdom from Actors Talking About Acting

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Overview

Collecting advice, quotes, essays, and observations from hundreds of famous actors and highly regarded acting teachers, The Quotable Actor covers a wide range of topics on the art and history of acting.

Entertaining, instructive, and informative, it is organized into specific, easy-to-search categories, such as "On Why We Act"; "On Auditioning"; "On Struggling and Building a Career"; and "On Gender Differences and Aging in the Biz."

From art and technique to business and lifestyle, entries include fascinating anecdotes and advice from some of the greatest actors in history:

Marlon Brando commenting on the rehearsal process

Meryl Streep's advice on building a character

Al Pacino recalling what it was like to be a starving young artist

Beauty tips from some of Hollywood's leading ladies

Recollections of horrible auditions from A-list stars

Musings from Jack Nicholson, Edwin Booth, and many others

Additional contributors include Constantin Stanislavski, Daniel Day-Lewis, Ellen Burstyn, Julie Andrews, Paul Newman, and Peter O'Toole-providing insights into the actor's craft that are equally useful to young actors just starting out and accomplished professionals looking for inspiration in the words of peers.

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Editorial Reviews

The Bloomsbury Review
An entertaining and informative read recommended for theater and movie fans everywhere and a must read for star-struck aspiring thespians.
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"An entertaining and informative read recommended for theater and movie fans everywhere and a must read for starstruck aspiring thespians."  —The Bloomsbury Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595808752
  • Publisher: Santa Monica Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 312
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


Damon DiMarco is the author of the oral history collections Tower Stories: An Oral History of 9/11 and Heart of War: Soldiers’ Voices from the Front Lines in Iraq, as well as the coauthor of The Actor’s Art and Craft with William Esper. DiMarco has taught acting and directing in the theater arts department of Drew University. As an actor, he has appeared in TV programs, commercials, independent films, and regional theater. He lives in New York City.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 7

On What Acting Is 9

On What Actors Are 17

On Actors and Society 23

On Why We Act 31

On Conquering Stage Fright and Developing Confidence in Your Talent 49

On the Actor's Life 65

On Auditioning 85

On Struggling and Building a Career 93

On the Importance of Technique and Training 117

On the Importance of Maintaining a Healthy and Expressive Instrument 135

On the Importance of Imagination, Inspiration, Fantasy, and Storytelling 143

On Building a Character 153

On Rehearsals and the Acting Process 173

On Collaborating with Directors, Writers, Producers, Designers, and Other Industry Professionals 195

On the Stage and the Screen 215

On Doing Television: Soaps, Sitcoms, Episodics, and Live Broadcasts 231

On Dealing with the Ups and Downs of Fame and Fortune 237

On Hollywood, Broadway, and Show Business 255

On Gender Differences and Aging in the Biz 271

On Awards and Awards Ceremonies 281

On Getting Typecast 287

On the Importance of Keeping It Real and Having a Life 297

Shakespeare on Acting 309

Acknowledgments 315

Sources 316

Index 350

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