The Actor Takes A Meeting Contents

Introduction xi

  1. How Do You Present Yourself? 1
    Workshop Actors’ Interviews 2
    Your Goal 18
    Victim 21
    Inauthenticity 26
    Isolation 30
    General Interview Exercise #1 33
  2. Losing the Victim 34
    Who’s Interviewing Whom? Part One 35
    Who’s Interviewing Whom? Part Two 38
    Tell a Truth 42
    General Interview Exercise #2 42
    Workshop Actors’ Interviews 44
    The Truth-Versus-Compliments-or-Questions Exercise 63
  3. Building an Experience 66
    “Avoid I” Exercise 66
    Yes! And . . . 70
    Basic Reflection 72
    Reflection Listening
    General Interview Exercise #3 80
    Workshop Actors’ Interviews 82
    Career Applications 95
  4. Heightening the Experience 99
    Rules and Tools 99
    40-Breath Process 101
    Extend, Intensify, and Enlarge 103
    General Interview Exercise #4 106
    Workshop Actors’ Interviews 107
    A Successful Experience 128 
  5. Tracking and Changing Behavior 134
    Tracking Behavior 134
    Keeping Your Score 136
    Attitudes 142
    Attitude Lines 146
    Attitude Line—“I Am” 157
    General Interview Exercise #5 159
    Workshop Actors’ Interviews 160
    Fine-Tuning 175 
  6. Creating Your Program 182 
    Gaining Finesse with Score 182
    Your Journal and Your Program 194 
  7. Boundaries 198 
    Extension Bumps 199
    Boundary Walls 202 
  8. The Witness 205
    Introductory Witness Walk 205
    The Schmoozing Witness 212
    General Interview Exercise #6 217
    Workshop Actors’ Interviews 218
    The Waiting-Room Witness 238
    The “I Am” Witness 241 
  9. It’s Your Career 242
    Three-Phone-Calls-a-Day Exercise 242
    Photo Sessions 244
    The Professional Actor Is a Business Person 245
    The Casting Director/Agent As a Victim or an Intimidator 247
    Finesse for Success! 249
    Conclusion 261
    Notes 262
    Acknowledgements 265

Acting Teacher Stephen Book