How to Start a Hollywood Career Without Having to Go There: An Instruction Manual For Actors
In 2001, Kathi Carey and I decided it would be a good idea to have a dissemination piece for the repertory company--the New Hollywood Studio System--that
would get actors who did not already live in Los Angeles to start
thinking about their brand as an actor and begin the development and
marketing process that goes into starting an acting career before
actually arriving in Hollywood.
Most actors, I had realized, came from other parts of the country (or
from other countries) and it was a significant disruption of their lives
and livelihoods to make the trip to fight the already long odds against
succeeding in the glamor career that is Hollywood acting. I saw no
reason that they couldn't get started whilst still in the comfort of
their home environment where they were surrounded by family, friends and
a supportive infrastructure before making the journey to Hollywood
where support could be scarce.
As I am currently writing a book on the Action/ReAction technique I
developed for actors, a conversation with a colleague reminded me of the
earlier How to Start a Hollywood Career Without Having to Go There: An Instruction Manual For Actors
which presented basic elements of the technique and some preliminary
marketing strategies for actors. I went to Amazon to see if it was still
listed. We had long-since gone through two printings; the first being a
spiral bound edition and the second a traditional paperback. We didn't
entertain the idea of further printings because the rep company was
winding down and we saw no purpose in having the book on the market. I
was surprised to find that the listing was still there. A bigger surprise
came from seeing that one used paperback copy is currently available
from Grandma's Goodies for the modest sum of $357.98!
I had forgotten that reviews had been posted and was heartened by
reading them again and to see how well the book was received. I can only
hope that the new book will have a similar impact.
How to Shoot a Feature Film in 15 Days (And Survive to See Profits)
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Examples of Responsive Reactions
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Action/ReAction at Stella Adler
Point of Departure
A Series of ONE...
Stephen and Dragonuk
Stephen Mitchell webinar for Stage 32
Ferrari GTO 3987 at speed by Yan denes
Ray D. Shosay's Journal
Dispatches from a (junior) suite in Paris
Ray D. Shosay's Journal (excerpt)
"Saturday, January 27, 2007
They say you can fool some of the people all of the time. Accordingly, I think we should concentrate on this group initially. We can move on to the people you can only fool some of the time at a later date if we deem it necessary. I hope to hear back from my agent about this as soon as he's out of rehab, as I don't think my messages have been getting through."
Ignorance is Bliss by Stephen Mitchell
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Exerpt from Ignorance is Bliss
"Out of the corner of his eye, Martin saw Martha shift in her seat. She leaned forward, as though something was about to be decided. This caused her breasts to push up against the neckline of her dress in a way that couldn't be fully appreciated out of the corner of one’s eye. So, Martin turned his head to look directly into the abyss of her cleavage. He was vaguely aware that Murray was talking again."
Carrera Panamericana (1950-54)
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Ferrari GTO 3987
Elysée Wednesday: Drive!
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“You ought to meet Steve. The two of you have the same kind of Ferrari.”
Ferrari Berlinetta Lusso
One evening, I was enjoying a John le Carré novel and a glass of Bordeaux...
L'art de l'automobile
My first Lusso prior to restoration
It was only after Sinatra was gone...
Once upon a time...
Meeting Enzo Ferrari
I came across this on a late night stroll in Paris near the Louvre.
I bought Bentleys in England and Ferraris & Maseratis in Italy to re-sell in Los Angeles as a teenager. I met Enzo Ferrari, Juan Fangio and Steve McQueen. I 'grew up' on the set of Mission: Impossible and other episodic TV series of the era. For a few years, I owned a Ferrari GTO that is owned by Ralph Lauren today and valued at approximately $52M. I began my film career by writing, producing and directing Montmartre in Paris in French. I founded and ran a repertory company for film & TV for 20 years in Los Angeles. I created a TV series which had fans that included Marlon Brando. I authored the first new acting technique--Action/ReAction--that was not based on Stanislavski's Method. I am currently writing my third novel and shooting my spy thriller Exigence. If you can't make movies, live your life as though you were in one...