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One Less Bitter Actor: The Actor's Survival Guide

One Less Bitter Actor: The Actor's Survival Guide
Your Price: $19.50 CDN
Author: Markus Flanagan
Publisher: Sentient Publications
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 176
Pub. Date: 2007
ISBN-10: 1591810639
ISBN-13: 9781591810636

About the Book:

Nothing is more frustrating than talent unrealized, and every actor struggles with bitterness when they aren't working to their full potential. One Less Bitter Actor offers sage, pragmatic, anxiety-calming advice on how to succeed in acting from one who has. Markus Flanagan offers encouraging, highly useful pointers on such vital matters as:

• How do you combat getting typed?
• Understanding the people you are auditioning for
• Bad habits to avoid in the audition waiting room
• The two deadliest questions you may be asked before starting your reading
• What are they looking for in the call back?
• Dealing positively with rejection
• Finding the spirit to go on

One Less Bitter Actor is an invaluable reference for anyone who is a working actor, or wants to be. Learn how to make it in the day-to-day business of acting and stay sane and focused while attempting to merge art and commerce. This book covers everything the author wishes someone had told him about how casting decisions are made, what rejection really means, how to behave on a set, the two factors the business is built on, and much more.

What people say:

"Markus Flanagan's One Less Bitter Actor is one of the most clear and honest books about show business. It will guide you through not only the steps that it takes but also the mind set that you must have to build and sustain a long, successful acting career." — Ellie Kanner, casting director for Friends, Dawsons Creek, Sex and The City, and director of Crazylove

"Filled with practical nuts-and-bolts information, this is a terrific book for any man or woman brave enough to take the plunge into show business. It's also a terrific book for anyone who wants to know what it truly means to be an actor. Markus Flanagan puts it all down with clarity, empathy and humor." — Buzz Bissinger, Pulitzer Prize winner, author of Friday Night Lights, and former co-producer, NYPD Blue

"Markus Flanagan has pulled back the curtain on the process, changing the equation for actors breaking into the business. His insights are keen and his wisdom inspirational." — Karen Kehela Sherwood, Co-Chairman, Imagine Films (The DaVinci Code, Cinderella Man, A Beautiful Mind)

"One Less Bitter Actor puts down in writing every good habit every actor should have. I have seen bitterness sour the best of them. It might also be titled One Much Better Actor because if you take this book to heart you're sure to put your best work out." — Denise Chamian, casting director for Saving Private Ryan, Pirates of the Caribbean 2 & 3, and Big Fish

About the Author:

Markus Flanagan is an American actor who studied with Sanford Meisner in the last class he taught at the Neighborhood Playhouse Acting School in New York City. He has never needed to hold a day job throughout his 20-year acting career. Right out of acting school he starred in Biloxi Blues alongside Matthew Broderick. His first TV pilot audition landed him a series with George Clooney. So far he's starred in 3 prime-time series, made 50 guest TV show appearances, and acted in 10 feature films, 5 stage plays and 5 movies of the week. He lives and teaches acting in Los Angeles.