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Joanna Merlin , Harold Prince
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May 8 2001 Vintage Original
Theater veteran and acting teacher Joanna Merlin has written the definitive guide to auditioning for stage and screen, bringing to it a valuable dual perspective. She has spent her career on both sides of the auditioning process, both as an award-winning casting director who has worked with Harold Prince, Bernard Bertolucci, and James Ivory, and as an accomplished actor herself.

In this highly informative and accessible book, Merlin provides everything the actor needs to achieve self-confidence and artistic honesty–from the most basic practical tips to an in-depth framework for preparing a part. Filled with advice from the most esteemed people in the business, such as James Lapine, Nora Ephron, and Stephen Sondheim, and charged with tremendous wisdom and compassion, this indispensable resource will arm the reader to face an actor's greatest challenge: getting the part.

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Experienced acting teacher and casting director Merlin, who has worked with such luminaries as James Ivory, Bernardo Bertolucci, and Stephen Sondheim, provides comprehensive instruction here on how actors can improve their auditions. The author's writing style is friendly and straightforward while still being technically focused. She takes a variety of dramatic scenes and breaks them down to show how an actor can use a short section of a play to make a big impression. She includes special advice for auditioning for film, TV, and musicals. Merlin also goes through the actual auditioning event step by step, with advice on how to handle props, costumes, positioning, lights, and other potential problems. One chapter includes comments from directors on what they would like to see in an actor's audition. A gem of a book for every library that serves aspiring actors and we all do, don't we? For all libraries. J. Sara Paulk, Coastal Plain Regional Lib., Tifton, GA
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.


"Joanna Merlin [is] one of the top casting directors in the country and a formidable actress…. Her compassion and understanding toward actors is matched by her sensitivity and generosity in teaching this unusual craft."–Kevin Kline

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for nervousness Aug. 11 2003
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Before I read this, I had a big problem with my confidence as well as with everything else. But this book really helped me believe in myself, believe it or not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good book for your collection Dec 27 2002
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I really enjoyed this book . The audition tips are very useful. I also just read a new book. Twelve Step Plan To Becoming An Actor by Dawn Lerman. If you have really studied, buy these two books and head to LA
and make your mark .
Jean Harris
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Advice! Jan. 28 2002
By Melanie
This is a great book to read for actors! It tells you how to deal with nervousness and, turn it into a positive feeling for you to work with. This book has helped me out a lot. And, now, I know what to expect and, how to get through my next audition, with flying colors!
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