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The Total Actor: A Guide to Survival, Success, and Heritage

The Total Actor: A Guide to Survival, Success, and Heritage

by Mari Lyn Henry


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“Mari Lyn offers sage advice.” —Joe Mantegna, Tony Award–winning actor and star of Criminal Minds

How to Build an Acting Career and Thrive on Stage

The Total Actor is filled with advice on everything a theater actor needs, from preparing for a career on the stage and auditioning to continued growth and exploration. In this honest reexamination of the actor’s journey, veteran actor, casting executive, talent manager, image consultant, and theater historian, Mari Lyn Henry, takes readers on a tour of the craft’s rich history and its transformation over the centuries. Profiles of great figures in theater and their contributions to developing the profession, acting styles, and teaching methods provide invaluable lessons to modern actors.

Offering an insider’s guide on pathways to success and achieving professional longevity, Henry’s approach is best described in her own words: “The most important part of any career is preparation, which is connected to career intelligence, investigation, research, having a plan, and importantly, believing in your talent.” Enlightening chapters prepare readers for every challenge and obstacle along the way with topics such as:

  • An appreciation of the history of theater
  • Learning to stand on the shoulders of acting giants
  • Exploring the call to acting
  • The importance of training
  • Marketing skills
  • Managing self-image
  • Preparing a resume and cover note
  • Interview etiquette
  • Tips for successful auditions
  • Achieving success and staying power
  • And much more
Sprinkled throughout the chapters are thought-provoking questionnaires, designed to examine the reader’s strengths and define abilities, lifestyle preferences, and survival strategies between engagements. Every actor, whether just starting out or already established, will benefit from Henry’s hard-won and heartfelt advice as she educates, uplifts, entertains, and shares her own experiences, alongside inspiring quotes and anecdotes of stars past and present.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621537069
Publisher: Allworth
Publication date: 06/02/2020
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Mari Lyn Henry, teacher, author, actor, and theatre historian, founded the Society for the Preservation of Theatrical History to reacquaint today’s actors with the great actresses and visionaries of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Her workshops and seminars on “The Biz of the Biz,” have been very successful and are based on five editions of How to Be a Working Actor, which she coauthored. The League of Professional Theatre Women honored her with a Special Theatre Women Award in 2019 for her contributions to the entertainment industry. She currently resides in New York City.