It's crazy how often it feels like everyone knows more than you.
Actors are insecure because we're supposed to be; it's how we make characters real.
So...why do I keep hearing I've got to have a thick skin, while being vulnerable to the fragility of the process...?
It's enough to make you bitter...
"First , let me dispel a few myths. 'Auditions are about finding the best actor for the job.' Get that out of your head..."- excerpt from Chapter 1, The Beginning
Markus at Rider University
One Less Bitter Actor takes mentor's approach to helping actors address all the unforseen issues that only come from living the actor's life. Not the how-to so much as how-to-deal with the how-to.
"Your conduct with anyone on the crew will be passed along to anyone and everyone from the caterer to the casting dept."- excerpt from Chapter 9- You've booked a job!
The Pat McMahon show w/ Markus Flanagan from Markus Flanagan on Vimeo.
"We drive ourselves nuts trying to apply normal logic to a business that doesn't follow any such straight line of reasoning."- excerpt from Chapter 1, The Beginning
This book is everything I wish I knew when I became an actor, and when I got my first job, my first series, my first movie, my third agent, etc. Everything that actors learn about making a living only comes in the form of on-the-job training. Consider this to be the first training manual written for every hurdle you will face.
"There is a popular movement among today's big stars to portray themselves as unwitting benefactors of the world's lust for their participation on screen. There are no reluctant stars, only ones who pretend to be." - Chapter 3, Hype
Every actor is looking for the magic formula that will make their success happen faster. Bad advice is everywhere. This book dispels the annoying myths and answers the odd, nagging, intangible questions that only come up when you're in the pursuit of making a living as an actor. The things that make you lose your mind with uncertainty.
" ..it always looks like success is easier for everyone else..."- Chapter 9, Advice
There is no shortage of people telling you " it's a tough business!" But they don't always tell us why. People in "the biz" are content to leave actors in a state of constant insecurity. How many times have you heard an earnest; "Let me help you with this..." ?
"...dealing with "rejection" is about the near impossible task of learning how to not take personally the rejection of your person. Unless you consider that's not what they're rejecting at all..."- Chapter 1, The Beginning
Most acting books are written by non-actors. They are written by people who work in the business and witness what we do, but never actually stand in our shoes. Actors are competitive, they don't want to share any information that might make your rise to the top happen faster than theirs.
"What do you control in an Audition?' You can control only three things..."- Chapter 8, Auditioning
OLBA talks artist to artist. It says simply, "Please learn from my mistakes and experience." The goal is to deepen your understanding of "the biz " so the biz doesn't overwhelm you. We waste too much energy trying to figure out where we belong and what to do when we get there. We put ourselves through too much anxiety by trying to figure out "what they want." Wouldn't it be nice to feel like you knew? You can.
"Here is something you don't know; casting directors need to impress the Director or Producer as much as you do. "- Chapter 6, Casting Directors
This book offers actors a way to honestly gauge their progress and know their value in any situation they encounter. It's an encouraging answer to the many negative acting books that lay out just how impossible the journey is. Anyone can tell you to "go to class, get an agent, get an audition, get famous!" This book explains how to stay sane, and remain clear on what everything that comes your way means.
Buy the book here!