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No, this isn’t a guide to helping introverts learn how to loosen up and be themselves. Rather, it’s a new perspective on auditioning for doctor . Harold Guskin is an Acting Doctor whose clients include David Suchet, Glenn Close, James Gandolfini, Bridget Fonda and dozens more. ‘Harold Guskin is an Acting Doctor whose clients include David Suchet, Glenn Close, James Gandolfini, Bridget Fonda and dozens more. In HOW TO STOP.

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In How to Stop ActingGuskin 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: From this credo derives an entirely new ti 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 actingg alike. No, this isn’t a guide to helping introverts learn how to loosen up and be themselves.

Rather, it’s a new perspective on auditioning for theater. It’s an honest, non-gimmicky take on a perennial problem.

How To Stop Acting (Performance Books) Harold Guskin: Methuen Drama

With specific anecdotes e. He imparts much wisdom, yet counsels, “discover what makes you tick as an actor.

Use what works and discard whatever gets in the way, no matter how sound the concept. The courage to take the risks that pushes us into new discoveries-new emotional territory-does not come without trust. Harold created a place filled with a trust that ultimately freed me to find my wings. This book will be invaluable actinb anyone passionate about learning the craft of acting and for those of us who need to be reminded of the basics of the craft we have dedicated our lives to.

Harold Guskin explains how, by habit and misconception, we tend to undermine our potential. How to Stop Acting is a clear and concise actor’s guide to living the truth in our work.

Sometimes, when I read a script, I’m tempted to put on seven different wigs and change everything and do all this stuff-like knock my head against the wall twenty times before I know what I’m doing. Then I’ll come to Harold, and I’ll realize it’s a lot simpler than that. Wtop you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Read more Read less. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List.


Buy the selected items buskin This item: How to Stop Acting: Ships from and sold by Amazon. Customers who bought this srop also bought. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Monologues They’ll Remember You By: Sanford Meisner on Acting. Michael Caine – Acting hwo Film: The Complete Resource dtop Aspiring Actors. From Publishers Weekly No, this isn’t a guide to helping introverts learn how to loosen up and be themselves.

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Showing of 73 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try harild later. While most acting books focus on a specific method and everything the actor “should” do, this does a bit of a flip and teaches a “non-method,” while focusing on what the actor should NOT do; or rather, on breaking an actor’s bad habits- which most tend to have.

The writing is simple and straightforward, but the content is quite unique, yet the content isn’t quite like what you’d expedt to find in a book on how to act- or how NOT to act, in this case. He also includes lessons that he has learned from the big-name actors he has taught over the years, to give the actor a broader scope from which to view their own experiences and approach to acting.

It’s not a very long book, and while it does go off on a tangent at times, a definitely a refreshing place from which to undertake a new approach to performing and auditioning if you’ve been feeling stuck in your career. This book not only stresses using your intuition, but provides actual help to get jarold there.

I am very grateful hrold not only the good advice, but the philosophy beneath the advice. I’m sorry the author is dead because I would love to write him a thank you note. Anyone people like Kevin Kline depend on is good enough for me!!! One person found this helpful. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.

I purchased this book to help me in my guskkn acting. I’m not a trained actor, so i thought it would help me. The basic premise is simple: The author gives many anecdotes of his personal life as an actor, and of the students he coaches. I wish there was an a video or recording of an actual coaching session so that I could see the techniques in action.


Because of my lack of training in the field, many of his techniques and experiences are over my head. Using this for voice over work is limited, in my view, because most voiceover scripts cannot be read in a spontaneous way, in a different mood each time.

It might be useful in an audition, perhaps in finding the proper read, or in discovering a unique approach to the copy. If you’re a voice actor, maybe it will help you. Your mileage may vary. If you’re an actor, this book will give you a leg up from audition to final performance. Many of the famous names he’s coached can attest to his techniques for success. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or just beginning you’ll find a lot in this book that will help you.

This book has changed my acting radically. Harold’s ideas ho opened me up and freed all the should’ves and ought-to-dos! Very hard to express I recommend this book for any actor, beginner or experienced.

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This is hoe terrific book, an entirely different approach to creating a character that makes acting immediately accessible. I read it with a pen in hand, underlining passages and starring sections that were especially important. A LOT of this book is marked up! Two years of acting classes had me feeling confused and discouraged. This book made me excited about acting again. Great technique for trusting the text and yourself. It leaves you free to respond to the other characters and to ztop exploration of the characters and the play.

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