The Quotable Actor: 1001 Pearls of Wisdom from Actors Talking About Acting

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Click for availability and more information The Quotable Actor: 1001 Pearls of Wisdom from Actors Talking About Acting, compiled by Damon DiMarco
Whether you're an aspiring actor or professional couch potato, you're bound to like The Quotable Actor: 1001 Pearls of Wisdom from Actors Talking About Acting. The title is misleading because there are quotes from famous directors (Stanislavski and Stella Adler), also. I think author Damon DiMarco did a wonderful job of assembling the quotations to cover a wide variety of aspects in the actor's life. He uses the actors' own words to explain why they act, how they conquer stage fright, how they audition, what an actor's life is like, etc. I have to admit, some quotes had more meaning for me than others. In fact, I still can't figure out what some were trying to say! Yet, I believe this book gives the reader a lot of insight into the craft and its very competitive environment. I appreciate actors more than I did before reading this book. And I think I understand how the pressure can adversely effect their lives. Some, however, seem fairly grounded as demonstrated by actor Gary Oldman:
"....I don't go to the premieres. I don't go to the parties. I don't covet the Oscar. I don't want any of that. I don't go out. I just have dinner at home every night with my kids. Being famous, that's a whole other career. And I haven't got the energy for it."
This book will help you re-examine your own life and decide what's really important to you. Deep down these people are no different than you or me. They define success not as having a blockbuster movie, but rather by being true to themselves. Acting is a job, and, as one actor stated, makes you understand yourself better. There are many pitfalls and it can be a hard life. It can also build character. AMEN.

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