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Joanna Merlin has spent her career on both sides of the auditioning process, both as an award-winning casting director who has worked with Harold Prince, Bernard Bertolucci, and James Ivory, and as an accomplished actor herself.
In this highly informative and accessible book, Merlin provides everything the actor needs to achieve self-confidence and artistic honesty–from the most basic practical tips to an in-depth framework for preparing a part. Filled with advice from the most esteemed people in the business, such as James Lapine, Nora Ephron, and Stephen Sondheim, and charged with tremendous wisdom and compassion, this indispensable resource will arm the reader to face an actor's greatest challenge: getting the part.
"This is a book for all of us—every actor, every age, every stage (or screen). A dream would be to have Joanna Merlin actually by your side, walking you through the process—but the book is a good stand in. She gives us everything we need to know, and everything we do know, but forget under pressure of nerves anticipation."—Anna Deavere Smith
"Joanna Merlin brings her extensive experience and unique perspective to her actor-friendly guide, combining practical and enlightened information for any and all acting levels. It is easily the finest book on the subject and will be required reading for our Professional Actor Training Program (MFA) as well as our Undergraduate Acting Program (BA)."—Kevin Cotter, Assoc. Professor of Theater, Temple University