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Audition [Mass Market Paperback]

Michael Shurtleff
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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Dec 2 1979
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!

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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 Logan


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5.0 out of 5 stars A most critical must read June 7 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Whether one is an actor, director, writer or teacher, Shurtleff's book is simply a critical must read. Shurtleff who spent many years as a top casting director possessed an absolute love for the brave souls who dare to place themselves on the stage. His ultimate legacy to his beloved craft is this indispensable "How To" bible.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I've nearly worn my copy out with use! May 10 2000
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is an INVALUABLE resource. And I'm not a traditional actor, I'm an opera singer. I had to read this for a class on (what else?) auditioning, and loved it so much that I finished it the first day of class. Shurtleff's 12 Guideposts, carefully applied to just about any performance (I use them for arias, art songs, etc), can help create something nuanced and fascinating. As if the guideposts weren't enough, Shurtleff gives wonderful ideas on the nitty-gritty of auditions (how to present your past experience, what to wear, etc). I just can't say enough good about this book. When I perform an operatic scene that I've run through the 12 guideposts, I get comments like, "You're a great actress! You really have a theatrical flair!" Boy, does that feel good. I'd give this thing six stars if I could. I hate to even tell other people about this book, because then everyone can gain my edge.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Actors' Bible and Great Tool for Writers May 9 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you want to be a WORKING actor in Hollywood, the read this book - several times, and continue re-reading it every year or so to your skills honed, to remind you of what got you where you are.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars kick ass book Dec 28 2003
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
this book is one of the best i've read on the subject of acting. that's because it actually discusses acting and the auditioning process (not how to find an agent and further ones career)it focuses on the craft, not the career. also shurtloff includes interesting and sometimes comical antedotes from his career and the careers of other succesful people in show business(such as barbara streisand and deniro)in these stories he talks about mistakes he's made as well as strategies which worked effectively. there are also sections which show how to break down a scene and properly analyze whats going on. he does this buy showing conversations betweeen teachers and auditioners with actors. you should definatley by this book if you want to read something interesting that doesnt tell you the best way to find an apt in LA, good luck
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another must-have book for all actors July 8 2003
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is an excellent book for actors. Simply put, it is on of the few book that is a must have. However, if you are serious about making acting a career like I am, then you must also get "Auditioning: An Actor-Friendly Guide." It is packed with information as to what we screw up on in auditions, whether it is our nerves, memory, stage fright,(which could be tied into nerves, depending on your point of view) or other problems we constantly face at that dreaded time. There are strategies inside this Bible for actors that helps us conquer the audition process. It is full of advice from auditors who have years of experience in the field. Their advice has made me learn so much that I am confident I will conquer my next audition. GET THIS BOOK!
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5.0 out of 5 stars It works. It creates actors. It simply works. Feb. 4 2003
Format:Paperback
I had no acting experience. None. Not even in school plays.
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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2.0 out of 5 stars REALLY?
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 6 months ago by Kion Flatts
5.0 out of 5 stars On the Nose
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 16 months ago by Rebecca
5.0 out of 5 stars Actors advice
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 more
Published on June 26 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars The One and Only Book You'll Ever Need to Learn a Craft
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 more
Published on April 8 2004 by truefeather77
5.0 out of 5 stars Jam-packed with useful insights, advice and anecdotes!
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 more
Published on March 15 2004 by Mike Sobocinski
5.0 out of 5 stars Just an excellent book
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 more
Published on Oct. 9 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Get the Part!
Want to get the part? Read "Audition" by Michael Shurtleff/Bob Fosse. Want to see everything wrong with theatre? Watch "Waiting for Guffman" (very funny film). Read more
Published on Sept. 14 2003 by David Verkler
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensible
A book that anyone interested in acting MUST read, whether they're working on audition skills or not. Read more
Published on Oct. 9 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Wonderful!
This book is a must have for anyone who auditions. It provides helpful suggestions that every actor, professional or amatuer, must know! Read more
Published on Aug. 1 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read
Quick read and more helpful than most of the garbage you will find on acting.
Published on July 30 2002
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