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Actors at work

Author: Rosemarie Tichler; Barry Jay Kaplan
Publisher: New York : Faber and Faber, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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It's extremely difficult to be an actor, for many reasons: It's mostly unrewarding financially. It takes a lot of hard work before an actor even gets a part. A career is apt to be short-lived. The field is incredibly competitive. Cream does not always rise to the top. And yet actors young and old line up by the thousands wanting to do it. What fuels this desire? What is it that drives actors to withstand the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Interviews
Nonfiction
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Rosemarie Tichler; Barry Jay Kaplan
ISBN: 9780865479555 0865479550
OCLC Number: 81953659
Description: xiv, 369 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Foreword / by Mike Nichols --
Preface --
Marian Seldes --
Billy Crudup --
Estelle Parsons --
Kevin Kline --
Mandy Patinkin --
Frances Conroy --
Patti Lupone --
John Lithgow --
S. Epatha Merkerson --
Dianne Wiest --
Ruben Santiago-Hudson --
Meryl Streep --
Kevin Spacey --
Philip Seymour Hoffman --
About the interviewees.
Responsibility: [interviews by] Rosemarie Tichler and Barry Jay Kaplan.
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It's extremely difficult to be an actor, for many reasons: It's mostly unrewarding financially. It takes a lot of hard work before an actor even gets a part. A career is apt to be short-lived. The field is incredibly competitive. Cream does not always rise to the top. And yet actors young and old line up by the thousands wanting to do it. What fuels this desire? What is it that drives actors to withstand the frustration of not getting parts, of getting bad parts in bad plays, of being mistreated by directors, misundertood by audiences, misinterpreted by critics? With a nod to the Paris Review's Writers at Work model, Actors at Work looks at the way some of our most respected stage and film actors today approach their calling. In a collection of interviews with a dozen artists, including Philip Seymour Hoffman, Patti LuPone, and Billy Crudup, the book explores not only the impetus to perform but also key topics about the process and profession, including the way actors approach a role, what techniques they use to deal with directors and other cast members, the ways in which they use their own personal lives in their work, and their influences, idols, and insecurities.

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"It's so wonderful to finally read a collection of anecdotes where the practices and experiences of actors are described so uniquely, yet depict how each individual ultimately performs the same job. Read more...

 
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