"John Swanbeck’s: How To Steal The Scene & End Up Playing The Lead”. Twenty-five of writer/director John Swanbeck’s (THE BIG KAHUNA) best original tools, tips and a couple of tricks. Packaged into a simple to use, easy to apply, extremely practical, 1-2-3 step-by-step guide to becoming the most memorable actor in the audition, on the set and in front of the camera. Twenty-five nifty one-page chapters. Use it in auditions. Use it on set. Take it on the go. Get ready to start stealing scenes and playing leads. It’s like having John Swanbeck in your back pocket.
Thoughtful, practical , concise and applicable
Geared more towards the craft of film acting, I found this book (manual) many of the specific challenges or complications that actors encounter or put themselves through during the process of preparation and/or performance for the camera. It looks at how to use the camera and ourselves to tell the story more importantly bring about results in simple ways, while getting us out of our heads and having fun, playing and taking the pressure off of our preconceived ideas. Funny, Simple, too the point and applicable things we can do to achieve immediate results.. Will keep re reading and playing with its concepts.
You Must Read This Book
Forget all those other acting books you've read - if you want to act in front of a camera.
This book will change your game and help get you where you want to be as a pro.
A very witty ( but with a nice edge) approach to what works - and what doesn't - when auditioning and working in film and television.
Swanbeck tells it like it is.
An honest and no BS look at how actors and their craft are viewed by casting decision makers from from a true insider.
I wish this book had been around 30 years ago.
I will read it many times. A true gift to actors
Quick, Clean, Easy, and Fun!
What I love about John Swanbeck is that he’s not in love with the *idea* of acting—he’s in love with the *act* of acting. His classes and his book are practical, go-to guides to creating vivid on-camera characters even if you have no time to prep. In a world where actors live and die by the breakdowns, John will teach you how to use those few sentences to walk into a room and deliver a memorable performances. This philosophy works perfectly alongside all your scene study classes and gives you quick, physical entrances into deeper dimensional characters. Don’t know your backstory? John can show you how to give yourself one in about five seconds—no emotional recall necessary. Get the audio book and listen to it while you’re on the way to auditions. Can’t recommend it highly enough.