Acting for Young Actors: The Ultimate Teen Guide

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Back Stage Books, 2006 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 205 pages
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Do you know a teen that's been bitten by the acting bug? Here's just the book they need! Acting for Young Actors, aimed at teens and tweens, lets kids hone their skills and develop their craft. It begins with the five W's: WHO am I? WHAT do I want? WHY do I want it? WHERE am I? WHEN does this event take place? Sounds basic - but many young child actors are told simply to "get up there and act." This book explores each of these questions, using helpful exercises to allow young actors to work through problems of character identity and motivation. With comprehensive chapters on auditioning, rehearsal, and improvisation, plus a primer on how young actors can break into film, theater, and television, Acting for Young Actors is every kid's ticket to the big time.
 

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Amazing resource for actors

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This book breaks down acting tremendously, providing information, examples, exercises and tips and comments from professionals. It has everything any actor needs to know, including contacts, movies to ... Read full review

Accessible and Informative

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I will be using this as a teaching tool for all my teen acting classes from now on. In fact I would like to find a way to give it to my students as a textbook as we study together. I would encourage ... Read full review

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Contents

Who Am I?
5
Ask the Author First
7
Ask the Other Characters
9
Ask Yourself
11
Research
12
What Do I Want?
17
Show Dont Tell
19
Substitution
22
Improvisation
97
What Is Improv?
99
Some Guidelines for Improv
101
Situations Where You May be Asked to Improvise
104
Famous Improvers
105
Decide For Yourself
106
Find Out More
110
Acting For Money
113

The Magic As if
23
Conflict
26
Subtext
27
Putting It All Together
29
Why Do I Want What I Want?
31
Dont Try to Feel
34
Preparation
35
Where and When
41
Researching Time
42
Researching Place
44
Use What You Have
45
Sets and Locations
47
Working Around the Clock
50
Auditions
53
The Audition Itself
58
The Callback
66
When its Over Its Over
67
Monologues
69
Types of Monologues
71
Rehearsing Your Monologue
76
Performing Your Monologue
78
Rehearsal
83
Listening and Learning the Lines
84
Rehearsal DOs and DONTs
88
Putting the Pieces Together
90
Physicalization
93
Wardrobe and Makeup
94
Voice
95
Breaking into the Biz
114
Representation
115
Managers
120
Pictures and Resumes
121
Work Permits
123
Education
124
Emancipation
130
Union And NonUnion Work
131
DOs and DONTs for Professional Acting
134
Sustaining a Character
135
Guest Starring on TV Show
136
Acting for Fun
139
Acting In School
141
Performing Arts Training
145
Summer Camp and Community Theatre
149
Post Script or a Few Last Words
155
Glossary
164
Unions and Professional Organizations
168
Resources and Services
170
Libraries and Bookstores Specializing in Performing Arts Collections
172
Recommended Classes
176
Recommended Acting Coaches
181
Recommended Publications
184
Recommended Books
186
Recommended Plays
189
Index
194
About the Authors
206
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About the author (2006)

Mary Lou Belli is the coauthor of The Sitcom Career Book, published by Back Stage Books. An Emmy Award–winning director, she has worked on Girlfriends, The Hughleys, Major Dad, and Charles in Charge, among many other shows. She is the mother of two children who act professionally. She lives in Los Angeles.



Dinah Lenney is an adjunct professor at UCLA's School of Theater, Film, and Television. An actor as well as an acting teacher, she is currently appearing on ER as the no-nonsense nurse Shirley. She lives in Los Angeles.

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