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Faces On My Wall [Kindle Edition]

Jesse Wilson
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A coming-of-age story and a comedic tour-de-force, meet Jamey Fuller, a cocky California kid who achieves his wildest ambition: admission to The Juilliard School in New York City, the country’s most prestigious acting school. Once there, he is sure, he will find fame and glory. He will dance on tables, as in “Fame.” He will take his place among the Great Actors of his time, freed from the fear of becoming just like his father, a director of Hollywood TV spots. But the reality proves hilariously brutal, as Jamey grapples with Shakespeare, lust, disillusionment, cut-throat classmates and imperious teachers. Faces On My Wall is a privileged glimpse into the bizarre hidden world of an actor’s training, a poignant father-and-son story, and the chronicle of a young man’s painful gropings toward maturity.

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Beyond the Stage

Shakespeare's famous words "All the world's a stage, and all the men and women are merely players" help to reveal the secrets of both life and the arts. The ages of 18-25 are often called the time of Discovery and Transition. Before, during, and for years after this period, I never realistically thought of life beyond "the stage" or certainly my role in it. Life "beyond the stage" not only was something something I didn't have a clue about as an actor, it was also something I really didn't want to face. And I think if I'm being really honest with myself here, was somebody I didn't want to face. It is my observation that many people (whether they are involved in theater or not) often suffer from a central belief of "not being good enough." We seldom stop to ask ourselves "good enough for who?" and this core belief often translates as "never having enough." Often it is the fiercely ambitious actor striving for recognition who suffers the most from the deleterious effects of this core delusion. 
From my own experience, the majority of an actor's formal training focuses predominately on the refining of the stage character-- but what about the actor's character off-stage? What is the role of the actor in the drama of "real life?" It is my belief that if the actor/artist/performer were to change the way they feel about and see themselves in the world-- not only on stage but in the entire business of living-- that such an experience can be highly transformational.
For years after graduating Juilliard and stepping into the role of arts educator, I've believed that there is a vital missing piece in the training and education of the artist and it has been my personal mission as an educator, author, and a performer to help create an awareness of this essential and powerful ingredient. I give you Faces On My Wall, a novel to help transmit these ideas and to raise personal awareness for those on the path of performance art. Seen through the eyes of a teenager named Jamey Fuller who struggles to maintain the integrity of his "voice" while being an actor in New York, Faces On My Wall is about facing one's own fears and insecurities, as well as the realities of life, and ultimately about facing and celebrating ourselves as we really are. At the end of the book, there are few questions I feel address the importance of being aware of the "roles" we all play, not just as actors on the stage, but as human beings in life.

I hope you can embrace each stage in your role as a human being, as it unfolds, in the grand stage of this life, so that your voice continues to grow very, very loud and wholeheartedly you.
Jesse

Product Details

  • File Size: 1039 KB
  • Print Length: 277 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1494853027
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Perfect Mistakes Publishing (December 30, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HLW4XZS
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Faces on My Wall perfectly captures post-high school anxiety. Jamey is told over and over how lucky he is to have the opportunity to go to Juilliard, how he has his whole life in front of him. But the author brilliantly captures how having your whole life in front of you isn't always the exciting rush that people make it out to be. Sometimes it can be not only disorienting but terrifying and, in the case of Jamey Fuller, darkly funny.
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5.0 out of 5 stars read this book! January 4, 2014
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Nobody has written about a young actor's coming of age, and brutal disenchantment, with such a combination of vulnerability, humor, pathos and panache. You'll laugh from the first page to the last. Then you'll want to read it again. -- Chris Goffard
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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An excellent novel that balances brutal honesty and charm. The writing is remarkable and the story is wonderfully touching. Jesse Wilson is truly an incredible man and it shows through in his writing. Truly worth every minute of the read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling portrait of a young artist February 23, 2014
By Ana R.
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I loved this book. It takes courage and insight to create a character as wonderfully lovable and flawed as Jamey Fuller. The main character of Jesse Wilson's "Faces On My Wall" brings to the reader a compelling and honest mix of the fears and the arrogance that typify the early journeys of young artists...or of anyone who is young and pursuing big dreams or simply trying to find their place in the world.

I will be recommending this book to all my theater and dance students who are considering a career as performers or who are looking to enroll in a conservatory program.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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With terrific writing and dark humor, FACES ON MY WALL provides provocative insight into the trials and complications of a young man in pursuit of his dream to become a great actor. Along with the the complications of a troubled father/son relationship, it shines a blaring light on to the oftentimes ugly, uncomfortable and challenging world of professional actor training. The story clearly illustrates that sometimes the price of a dream might be just too high. It accomplishes all of this while being laugh-outloud-funny. Well done!
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5.0 out of 5 stars HOLDEN CAUFIELD OF JUILLIARD January 28, 2014
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While a work of fiction and no memoir, for this Juilliard Drama grad, Jesse Wilson's Faces on My Wall is a fairly accurate depiction of what goes on behind the walls of one of America's most prestigious Performing Arts schools. But more than that it is a moving, incredibly funny, warts and all coming of age/father and son tale.

1st year drama student Jamey Fuller has spent his high school precociously plastering his walls with his heroes. Brando. Jim Morrison. Kerouac. All of which unbeknownst to him, reveals a conflict between his Literary and Thespian aspirations. Among these heroes is his father, an established but artistically frustrated commercial film director.

Leaving his high school ghosts in LA for the certain promise of New York City, Jamey arms himself with a self-conscious Holden Caulfield sense of what is phony and what is real. Only to discover what he thought was phony is real, and what is real an illusion. As if eviscerating instructors and cut throat classmates weren't enough, matters of family, home and heart are falling apart at the seams.

In terms of the atmosphere that greets Jamey at Juilliard, class rebel, Nick Blaze observes, the 1st two years are all about fear. But Jamey eventually discovers 3rd and 4th are more about hubris. Throughout, Wilson's flawed, insecure protagonist gives one a guided tour of the Arts Training world. The highs, the lows, the pitfalls and shortcomings. Stanislavski's An Actor Prepares cannot quite prepare Jamey for the slings and arrows that Life has to throw. He may feel like Hamlet or James Dean in the rain, but that isn't quite the part on offer. Meanwhile, Henry Miller sagely gazes off in the distance from his wall, but he is of no help.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Faces on the Wall is a literary phenomenon, taking the world of acting by storm. The life behind the curtain is perfectly explained and reinvented by Jesse. Jamey, an edgy, determined teen entering the adult world finds his way into the acting industry unlike any other. Jamey sees life as simple, unlimited and effortless until proven wrong when accepted to Juilliard. His talent is pushed to the limits along with his willpower, as well as battling his personal life with friends and family. Jamey’s bold and tenacious attitude is easy to relate to and will have you craving more of this authentic story. Jesse captures the essence of the tough, devious acting business as well as the love and respect for the craft.
-Anja Knebl
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4.0 out of 5 stars Faces on My Wall January 4, 2014
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“Faces on My Wall” provides an interesting, funny, and sometimes painful look at the education of a young man with strong aspirations to become an actor. The reader is given a unique inside view of one of the nation’s highest acclaimed schools of performing arts. The internal and external struggles of the protagonist are an interesting commentary on the conditioning of western society and celebrity idolization as well as the motivations of the ego. At the same time, it is a story about healthy disillusionment and healing in the father and son relationship.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars "Faces on My Wall" is not just an actor’s story - it’s a human story
“That which is most personal is most universal.”

In simple and direct language, Mr. Wilson invites us into Jamey Fuller’s journey, and I - being neither an actor nor... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ian A. Hanson
5.0 out of 5 stars Tough Love and poignancy all wrapped up into one simply enchanting...
It is a rare blessing when a young actor can come across a novel that is as spellbinding, as gut-busting and as utterly splendid as
Faces On My Wall. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ezra Balcha
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius re-read
I re-read it again and thought it was still genius
Published 2 months ago by Jesse K. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, courageous, and inspirational
Jesse's story is gripping, courageous, and inspirational. Highly recommended for all readers from early teens on up.
Published 3 months ago by LorickR
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational
This book is a good read to inspire students to handle life, and the pursuits that life has in store for people. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Patrick Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars onceuponatwilight.com
I remember like yesterday, the moment that my drama teacher, Mr. Mascaro, handed me a monologue. Told me to learn it, to feel the characters, to own the piece. I took his advice. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Yara Santos
4.0 out of 5 stars A Relatable Actor's Journey
I’ve got to be honest here, I almost attended college as a theatre major. Eventually decided to study writing but it was a really close call. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Christina @ My Life in Books
5.0 out of 5 stars Faces On My Wall
Amazing read- will change your definition of reaching for the stars!!!
Be genuine, be yourself, and use what you've got.
There are constellations in this book.
Published 7 months ago by Wilson Bondesen
5.0 out of 5 stars THANK YOU, JESSE!
Faces on My Wall was an awesome read!!
As a Juilliard graduate myself, I appreciated seeing the training through this character’s lens since it was totally different from my... Read more
Published 7 months ago by anthony wofford
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More About the Author

Jesse Wilson is a motivational performer, professional speaker, author, teacher, and visual artist. A life-long involvement with theatre and film as both performer and writer began early, growing up in Hollywood, CA. A theatre graduate of The Juilliard School in New York City, Jesse developed material for his one-man shows that have been performed across the country. Adapted from his novel, "Faces On My Wall," his acclaimed solo production, "Face the City," written for high school and college audiences, combines visual and animation projections in a multimedia presentation of a young artist's journey to find his voice in the "real world." His children's book "The Night the Moon Ate My Room!" written and performed for young audiences to experience self-discovery, is created with the support of The Kennedy Center's Imagination Celebration and Pikes Peak Library District. Integrating the arts and especially the powerful tool of improvisation, a program that Jesse has developed entitled "Making Perfect Mistakes!" helps people (like educators, business owners, at-risk teenagers, and everyone else a part of the human race!) overcome the "pitfalls of perfectionism" that so often hinder the creative mind. Please visit his website at jessewilsonproductions.com for more information on what Jesse Wilson is doing in the "community at large.

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