New PDF release: Acting Is a Job: Real Life Lessons about the Acting Business

By Jason Pugatch

ISBN-10: 1581154380

ISBN-13: 9781581154382

How to deal with the realities of existence as an actor—if you don’t chortle, you will cry • In-depth interviews with actors, brokers, casting administrators. during this hip, warts-and-all examine performing, writer Jason Pugatch stocks his insights as a operating "day participant" to offer an unvarnished examine theater, movie, and tv: tips to be "discovered," what to anticipate from education courses, the grunt paintings of beginning a occupation, the right way to hold going regardless of consistent rejection, and masses extra. full of myth-shattering anecdotes and instructed in an interesting own tone, appearing Is a role is the behind the scenes consultant that each aspiring actor needs to read.

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There are rows and rows of theaters, many aging and in need of renovation. Broadway is a tourist industry. Fifty-five percent of all Broadway theatergoers are tourists, while only 18 percent of all audiences are New York City residents. It caters to the out-of-towner. The taste buds of the tourist are presumed to yearn for a fluffier style of theater—and so in past years we’ve been treated to such gems as Mamma Mia! and the overall Disneyfication of Broadway. It’s not all bad. The Lion King was an artistic achievement.

Use mimes as the brunt of jokes. Today’s equivalent to the mime would be something like, well . . a mime. This begs the question, If a mime shoots another mime in an empty forest and there’s no one around to hear it, does anybody care? Right now, Marcel Marceau is poking an imaginary pin into an invisible voodoo doll that looks just like me. Leaving the mime to his own silent fate, then (that was the last one, I swear), it should be noted that the division between comic and tragic actors has not faded into the sunset over the past three thousand years.

With the rise of Christianity, theater was parked under the religious tent. But Christian doctrine frowned upon spectacle, and further condemnation followed. Emperor Justinian II issued another ban on theater in 692 AD. There was nothing left for excommunicated performers but to pick up their wares and travel. And so it is the Romans we have to thank for the advent of the regional theater. With animosity toward performers mounting, actors took to the provinces, packing up and forming touring troupes.

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