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The outstanding actor : seven keys to success

Author: Ken Rea
Publisher: London, UK ; New York : Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015.
Series: Methuen drama (Series)
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Outstanding Actor is distilled from 30 years' teaching and research at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where acting tutor, Ken Rea trained some of the high-profile actors including Ewan McGregor, Orlando Bloom, Joseph Fiennes, Damian Lewis, Hayley Atwell and Daniel Craig. The book uncovers what these people, and many stars like them, were doing that made them successful and offers suggestions for how  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ken Rea
ISBN: 9781472572981 147257298X
OCLC Number: 897400061
Description: xxx, 281 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Contents: Warmth --
Generosity --
Enthusiam --
Danger --
Presence --
Grit --
Charisma --
Going for it.
Series Title: Methuen drama (Series)
Responsibility: Ken Rea.
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"The Outstanding Actor is distilled from 30 years' teaching and research at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where acting tutor, Ken Rea trained some of the high-profile actors including Ewan McGregor, Orlando Bloom, Joseph Fiennes, Damian Lewis, Hayley Atwell and Daniel Craig. The book uncovers what these people, and many stars like them, were doing that made them successful and offers suggestions for how actors can adopt these traits and qualities to influence their own careers. Drawing on teaching experience and research as well as interviews with top actors and directors, the book identifies seven key qualities that outstanding actors manifest and the key exercises that help nurture those qualities. The focus of the book is not the core competences (voice, movement, acting process) but the qualities on top of those which make someone truly outstanding. Blending discussion, interviews and practical exercises, the book gives techniques that actors can immediately put into practice: in rehearsals, classes, workshops or their own private preparation for a role, as well as how they can increase their chances of having a more successful, fulfilling career. Organised in three sections, Part One deals with rehearsal and performance technique whilst Part Two shows how actors can adopt the right frame of mind to become more successful, and Part Three deals with managing your career. The core question of the book is: given your circumstances (traits, culture, physicality, gender, age, personality and life experience) what difference can you make to your destiny as an actor?"--

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This is a wonderful book with a unique take on how actors can get better and improve their chances of success. If we can all perform with half the warmth and generosity with which Ken has been Read more...

 
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