How to Stop Acting

ISBN-10: 0571199992
ISBN-13: 9780571199990
Edition: 2003
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Description: “The Great Guskin” (John Lahr, The New Yorker) shares the approach he uses to help actors land roles, develop them, and keep them alive Harold Guskin is an “acting doctor” whose clients include Kevin Kline, Glenn Close, James Gandolfini, Bridget  More...

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Book details

List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 6/25/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

“The Great Guskin” (John Lahr, The New Yorker) shares the approach he uses to help actors land roles, develop them, and keep them alive Harold Guskin is an “acting doctor” whose clients include Kevin Kline, Glenn Close, James Gandolfini, Bridget Fonda, and dozens more. In How to Stop Acting, Guskin reveals the insights and techniques that have worked wonders for beginners as well as stars. Instead of yet another “method,” Guskin offers a strategy based on a radically simple and refreshing idea: that the actor’s work is not to “create a character” but rather to be continually, personally responsive to the text, wherever his impulse takes him, from first read-through to final performance. From this credo derives an entirely new perspective on auditioning and the challenge of developing a role and keeping it fresh, even over hundreds of performances. Drawing on examples from his clients’ work and his own, Guskin presents acting as a constantly evolving exploration rather than as a progression toward a fixed goal. He also offers sound and original advice on adapting to the particular demands of television and film, playing difficult emotional scenes, tackling the Shakespearean and other great roles, and more. His book will find an eager and appreciative audience among novices and established actors alike.

Kevin Kline is the Director of SQL Server Solutions at Quest Software, a leading provider of award winning tools for database management and application monitoring on the SQL Server platform. Kevin is also the President of the international Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) and frequently contributes to database technology magazines, web sites, and discussion forums. Kevin's most popular book is SQL in a Nutshell published by O'Reilly Media. Kevin is also the author of Transact-SQL Programming and three other books on database technologies. Kevin is a top rated speaker, appearing at international conferences like Microsoft TechEd, DevTeach, PASS, Microsoft IT Forum, and SQL Connections. When he's not working, Kevin likes to romance his wife, play to his four kids, write, and garden.

Introduction
Prologue
Taking it off the Page
Exploring the Role to Uncover the Character
I Want This Part. How Can I Get it?
On Stage in Rehearsal and in Performance
Acting in Film and Television
Playing the Great Roles
Epilogue
Acknowledgment

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