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Now in this book he tells the all-important HOW for all aspiring actors, from the beginning student of acting to the proven talent trying out for Michael Shurtleff has been casting director for Broadway shows like Chicago and Becket and for films like The Graduate and Jesus Christ Superstar.
Now in this book he tells the all-important HOW for all aspiring actors, from the beginning student of acting to the proven talent trying out for that chance-in-a-million role!
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Jun 30, Z rated it it michae amazing Recommends it for: The best book on acting I have ever read, and also full of great insights into human psychology. Jun 20, Linda C. This is a book I have bought many times over. I keep lending it to people and never getting it back. I use this book to remind me of what goes into good drama. Here is a link to a blog entry that I wrote about this book: Oct 15, Hilary rated it it was amazing.
I refer to this book constantly. Jul 23, Keith Moser rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Anyone who wants to be an actor needs to read this book.
It is, by far, the best book on acting I’ve ever read. It is filled with fantastic advice–some of it kind of obvious, much of it I’ve already been following for years, but still several good reminders of how to audition well. Of course, I’ve already read this twice since I bought it about a decade ago, so I shouldn’t be too surprised that not much seemed new to me. Michael Shurtleff was a major Broadway and Hollywood casting director. He of Anyone who wants to be an actor needs to read this book.
He seems to know his stuff having seen thousands if not millions of actors audition for various roles over the years. The book has many interesting anecdotes from his years of experience, several classroom dialogues illustrating his different guideposts, a few leads on plays with good scenes and indispensable advice for anyone trying to land a role whether in Hollywood or Hicksville.
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Aug 11, Carla rated it it was amazing. Super insightful and extremely helpful. Any actor subjecting themselves to the madness of theater should read this.
Jun 24, Shaun rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: A must read for anyone who aspires to be an actor. Sep 10, Kate rated it really liked it Shelves: Definitely read this if you want to do anything in the field of drama. Or if you like philosophy. Or if you like weird, random stories about Barbra Streisand.
Aug 23, Rohit Solanki rated it liked it. Direct, no bullshit advices. Every actor or director should read once. Was really hard to read more than 20 pages a day.
Dec 18, Lauren rated it it was amazing. As an aspiring actor, I loved reading this book.
Shurtleff takes you into the audition scene and gives you real life examples of what to do and what not to do. Some of the advice he gives is pretty self-explanatory but still extremely helpful. For me, I have referred back to this book to help me get into a good acting mindset. It emphasizes being yourself during an audition, while taking advantage of the many parts of the audition so the auditor gets a well-rounded view of what you can do.
This b As an aspiring actor, I loved reading this book. This book gives information that is not only helpful in auditions, but can be implemented in basically every part of acting. I really like how this book talks about human nature and integrating that into character development. I’d say the most helpful section for an actor would be the Twelve Guideposts.
In these chapters, Michael Shurtleff gives great outlines for making the character come to life using things like relationships, conflict and motivation. My favorite guidepost is number 6, Discoveries. In this guidepost, it talks about being involved in the moment, which can lead to new discoveries about other characters, themselves, the scene, or the show as a whole. It explains that the more discoveries the actor makes in a scene, the better it will be.
I recommend this book to actors, directors, and anyone involved in the show-biz, but it can be useful in real life as well.
It gives good tips on how to present and market yourself that can be useful in job interviews and meeting new people. Shurtleff shares many nuggets of wisdom for actors in this book, though those nuggets are sometimes buried due to the book’s lack of clear structure.
I am an improvisor, and I haven’t auditioned for a scripted play since I was a kid.
Some of the advice in this book is particularly useful for actors auditioning for scripted plays, but I still found a lot of useful advice for acting in improvised scenes as well. The core of the book sets forth the 12 “guideposts” for reading a script in an audition. Though I do not do script readings myself, these guideposts can still be useful when doing improv scenes. When practicing improv, I could focus on a particular guidepost to develop my ability in that arena.
Hopefully, this would eventually lead to performing in accordance with all of the guideposts after practicing enough. Sep 21, Jack rated it it was amazing. Not just for actors! While aimed at actors who need knowledge or help with shurtlevf, it is a lifetime’s worth of good anecdotes from a big deal insider, told with the force and tenderness of aydition relative who knows you can make it, but is auditiln sure your passion for the field will survive all the hoops.
Audition : Everything an Actor Needs to Know to Get the Part
It’s about how to present yourself to people who will judge you in moments, how to be pragmatic, authentic to yourself and yet totally surprise them into thinking well and memorably of you–even if y Not just for actors!
It’s about how to present yourself to people who will judge you in moments, how to be pragmatic, authentic to yourself and yet totally surprise them into thinking zudition and memorably of you–even if you don’t end up getting that particular role. Jul 26, Danielle Alonzo rated it really liked it. Lots of valuable information. Best excerpt for me.
An audition is NOT the performance. This rang very true for me. An audition is the chance to show the auditor WHO you are. I touch base with my highlighted parts and get renewed: The absolute must read for actors.
If you want to have successful auditions you have to get this book for yourself and read it a few times. Known by all in the business as the “bible” on how to audition and very good just to go deeper into characters after you’ve auditjon cast in a play.
Dec 27, LeeLee rated it really liked it. I thought this would be cheesy, but damned if it’s not really, shurtleft helpful. Sep 10, Jennifer Bridge rated it really liked it. A useful resource for students and teachers of Theatre. Dec 13, Kayley rated it it was amazing Shelves: As a Theatre major, this book has done more than just open my eyes when it came to auditioning. This book is very helpful for actors. Mar 07, Walter rated it it was amazing Shelves: The best book on the topic of acting ever written.
I have used it countless times, both as a teaching tool and as a reference for myself. Nov 22, Chalise rated it it was amazing Shelves: Use it in my acting classes. It is great for beginning actors and experienced actors alike. Easy to understand and apply as an actor.