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"The Great Guskin" (John Lahr, The New Yorker) shares the approach he uses to help actors land roles, develop them, and keep them aliveHarold Guskin is an "acting doctor" whose clients include Kevin Kline, Glenn Close, James Gandolfini, Bridget Fonda, and dozens more. In How to Stop Acting, Guskin reveals the insights and techniques that have worked wonders for beginners a"The Great Guskin" (John Lahr, The New Yorker) shares the approach he uses to help actors land roles, develop them, and keep them aliveHarold Guskin is an "acting doctor" whose clients include Kevin Kline, Glenn Close, James Gandolfini, Bridget Fonda, and dozens more. In How to Stop Acting, Guskin reveals the insights and techniques that have worked wonders for beginners as well as stars. Instead of yet another "method," Guskin offers a strategy based on a radically simple and refreshing idea: that the actor's work is not to "create a character" but rather to be continually, personally responsive to the text, wherever his impulse takes him, from first read-through to final performance. From this credo derives an entirely new perspective on auditioning and the challenge of developing a role and keeping it fresh, even over hundreds of performances. Drawing on examples from his clients' work and his own, Guskin presents acting as a constantly evolving exploration rather than as a progression toward a fixed goal. He also offers sound and original advice on adapting to the particular demands of television and film, playing difficult emotional scenes, tackling the Shakespearean and other great roles, and more. His book will find an eager and appreciative audience among novices and established actors alike....

Title : How to Stop Acting
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ISBN : 9780571199990
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 208 Pages
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How to Stop Acting Reviews

  • John Papadopoulos
    2019-05-13 09:26

    I could've written this book because it was like reading my thoughts exactly! Just Brilliant! Hope every actor gets to read this book.

  • HeatheRoseBee
    2019-05-25 13:22

    I could not have been the mediocre improv performer/acting student I was without it. ;-)

  • Darius
    2019-05-18 07:07

    While acknowledging a debt to Stanislavski's method, the author suggests ways to break with that canon and experiment in a way that allows one's subconscious a larger role. Only an actor would really be able to appreciate or judge this book.

  • Staci
    2019-05-14 10:24

    Great book for freeing frustrated actors; if, however, you are just starting out and are looking for how to approach a character to play it, you might not want to read this book first.

  • Andrea Draper
    2019-05-05 13:04

    Tips are amazing and easy to put to use. I found a lot of acting books to be so focus on what acting should be they don't tell you the key concept of why you need to learn and understand the craft of acting. This book shows why you have to stop acting and act and don't be afraid to make mistakes.

  • SwordisKnight
    2019-04-29 07:17

    Excellent book. Read this before you think about taking an acting class.

  • Allison
    2019-05-27 11:30

    This book brings acting back to a place of endless possibility and creativity. Guskin stresses that you must give up control of your work--which is scary, but also very liberating. I've definitely felt like a lot of the techniques I've learned in class have weighed me down and kept me from enjoying myself onstage, so this book is a saving grace. If you feel stuck in your acting, I highly recommend this book.

  • Desiree
    2019-04-29 09:31

    This book was recommended to me by Matt Newton when I'd attended one of his classes. He'd said that it helped him as did many of the folks who'd left reviews about this book here and on Amazon.com. While I did come away with some good advice, this book didn't unlock any keys to the universe for me (as did On Method Acting by Edward Dwight Easty & The Art of Acting by Stella Adler!) I guess that's why there are so many acting books and schools and methods. Because, like the songs says, "what might be right for you may not be right for some."

  • Brian
    2019-05-19 12:25

    Hands down my favorite book on acting. The Taking It Off The Page technique is how I always begin work on a new role, and it frees me up to make interesting choices each time I run through it, rather than getting set into a particular read. I apply a lot of the techniques from this book when I'm teaching or directing, and they work wonders for easing actors out of their comfort zones and into bold new choices. Highly recommend for actors, directors, and teachers.

  • Matt
    2019-05-19 09:09

    This is one of the first books I go to if I'm struggling with a character. Harold is a man who knows what he’s talking about, and if you love acting you should devour every single word he has put down in this book.

  • Melisa
    2019-05-08 11:20

    A fresh and interesting way to approach acting- written by a renowned acting coach- it's funny and contains forst hand accounts of his training sessions with famous actors such as Kevin Klein and Glenn Close.

  • Samuel Lourcey
    2019-04-27 12:12

    One of the greatest acting books I've ever read.

  • Trevor
    2019-05-21 11:06

    An absolute must for every actor's library. Simple, profound, inspiring. Great.

  • Alexis Fedor
    2019-05-06 11:04

    Took a class with him. It's the best work to stay in flow and go for it.