Audition Mass Market Paperback – Dec 2 1979
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"What a book! Yet it's so simple that you learn without feeling it happen. Thank you, Michael; we needed it."—Joshua Logan
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Michael Shurtleff has been casting director for Broadway shows like Chicago and Becket and for films like The Graduate and Jesus Christ Superstar. His legendary course on auditioning has launched hundreds of successful careers. 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!
"What a book! Yet it's so simple that you learn without feeling it happen. Thank you, Michael; we needed it."--Joshua LoganSee all Product Description
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Much has been written already about his twelve guideposts, and I have nothing new to add to those already glowing (and well deserved) comments. What I did find most illuminative and refreshing is his comments on how to behave at the job interview. It is in this chapter that this book becomes helpful to even the non actor. In this chapter/section, Shurtleff urges all people to realize that ultimately the pressure in the job interview is on the employer and that a good prospect will immediately put the interview board at ease. All too often actors become so self centered and fail to realize that their performance is really about their audience, not them. The same is true therefore of the job interview. It is about the employer, not the employee.
As a teacher, Audition has been most helpful to me as it has provided objective certainty to an area filled with far too many subjective judgements. In other words, Shurtleff has helped define the skills and tasks necessary to train actors in a manner that will help them transition successfully from the educational venue to the professional market. He has given us clear, active objectives to teach toward.
In Audition, Shurtleff articulates what constitutes good, effective acting. Once that becomes defined clearly, then success becomes not a nebulous ideal, but rather a concrete proposition.
If this is not in your theatre library, it is time you add it now.
Outside of a masterclass with a Sanford Meisner-type or a Ute Hagen, this well-written, well-crafted book will teach you a tremendous amount in regards to make a character yours with little or no time to prepare. It will give you the skills to leave a lasting impression on casting directors everywhere.
Shurtleff's technique extends to once you have the role as well, preparation required to get the role will also assist you in making the role memorable.
It's also extremely helpful for screenwriters and playwrights, because it should give you insight on how to craft scenes for maximum impact by understanding how actors mine scenes for character, passion and emotion.
I got into acting on a lark, as a hobby. I had been studying and auditioning for about three years with no success, and very little progress.
An instructor recommended this book. I read it, and then read it again. All of a sudden, things that had been drilled in my head during acting classes finally started to make sense. Within the following 6 months, my skills grew in a series of leaps, and I began booking at auditions. Not a lot, not yet. But the sudden increase in my abilities was astounding.
I am still not a great actor. But this book helped me get out of the "student" mode and into the "working" mode. Well worth it.
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Contents is great, but printing at times is very poor, some letters even disappearing in full or in half at times. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Slim
The book is hands down amazing, but i'm not sure why the pages were missing letters on several pages. Very annoying.. hard to read.Published 23 months ago by Kion Flatts
I got exactly what was advertised. It was book-store quality, so I have no qualms. In fact I enjoyed the fact that I got exactly what I asked for.Published on May 10 2013 by Rebecca
I highly recommend this book in our quest for the great parts as actors. I also recommend: Voice Lessons to Go by Vaccarino- a cheap way to get your singing lessons taken care of,... Read morePublished on June 26 2004
This is a fantastic book -- simple, powerful, effective. I studied with the author in person, in a series of classes one summer in Manhattan, and I have never *seen* such powerful... Read morePublished on April 8 2004 by truefeather77
For me, this book completely eliminated all the mysteries surrounding auditions, but the book also serves as an important guide for actors to interpret scripts and bring new and... Read morePublished on March 15 2004 by Mike Sobocinski
The main thing and just the best in this book are the 12 Guideposts. They will help the actor enormous, to work on the figure, to make the role authentic and interesting. Read morePublished on Oct. 9 2003