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Act Right Readers' Comments
A Manual for the On-camera Actor
Winner - 2006 EVVY Award
THE MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW
Do you have a question about acting? This is the book to learn all there is to know about breaking into the profession. The authors who know their stuff have packed this book with lots of good information. They discuss such things as auditioning, why you should have your own wardrobe, stunt work, professional photos and why you have to have them. These are just some of the areas they touch on. Unlike other books of this type, the authors have brief summaries of the most important aspects at the end of each chapter. Many may remember both authors. Mara Purl started acting on "Days Of Our Lives" and Erin Gray is most noted for her role on the popular "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century". Both have a wealth of experience which they share here in this expanded edition that should help anyone trying to get into this profession.
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As the founder of the Theatre Department at University of Alaska, Fairbanks,
I highly recommend "Act Right" by Mara Purl and Erin Gray. It's exceptionally
well written, and the most practical book on the technical aspects of
an actor's work. It's invaluable for anyone going into professional
acting work in TV or film.
"Act Right" is supremely entertaining and informative in a myriad of
aspects; thanks to Erin Gray and Mara Purl for filling a much needed
gap with such a publication.
"I am blown away by the clarity and completeness of Erin Gray & Mara
Purl's book. If you want to be a professional actor...and you want to
work..."Act Right" is required reading."
"The 'Shooting' chapter was so complete and well written, that I have
nothing to add -- except my endorsement of Act Right: a must read."
"As a professional First Assistant Director on 'Deep Space 9,' frankly
I wish every actor who came to work on our show read this book first.
It's a wonderful book, full of step-by-step instructions for the novice.
I'm very impressed. 'Act Right' is an incredibly good idea, and very,
very well done."
Congratulations on "Act Right," the great book on acting. As an actor,
writer, producer and PR person, I was impressed by the presentation,
content and overall style. I'm recommending it to the cast of the show
I'm co-producing. Cheers to Erin Gray and Mara Purl.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Act Right! It was a quick read, very conversational
and one on one, and the humor ranslates very well. Act Right contains
a lot of useful information. I must say, watching TV has turned into
a completely different experience for me. I'm watching with a much more
discerning eye, checking out the technique and such. I found a new respect
for all TV and film actors, regardless of where they are in the cultivation
of their abilities. I've always had an idea of the complexities of being
an on-camera actor, but it was wonderful to get a sense of the controlled
chaos of a set, of putting the actor's job in perspective with everything
else that's going on.
All I can say is "Wow!" I had no idea actors had this much stuff to
think about in addition to acting! An awful lot of what Ms. Gray and
Ms. Purl had to say never would have occurred to me. Of course, I am
not an actor and am not aspiring to be an actor, but I do find I am
fascinated by all that actors have to do and put up with. The call sheet
alone... holy cow! I can see a good 16 hour course on that piece of
paper alone! Like I said, I'm no actor, but I can see "Act Right" should
be mandatory reading for anyone who wants to act. Anyone who does will
only save themselves a lot of embarrassment and keep from looking too
much like a newbie on the set. I guess what I'm taking too long to try
to say is: "GREAT BOOK!"
I would like to express my sincere THANK YOU for sharing your book
Act Right with me. What a wonderful tool for up and coming actors! I
have referred to it, and quite honestly RUN to it for answers. When
I am in a job and not sure what is expected of me, I can go to Act Right
and "hit my mark". Not only is it informative and fun, but
it also provides tangible tools for the trade. Act Right is a MUST for
every aspiring actor. Thank you for helping me succeed!
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