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Product Details

  • Paperback: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Hansen Publishing Group (April 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601820593
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601820594
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #826,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In a city crawling with theater actors looking for ways to advance, this book has obvious relevance. But it's equally entertaining for the general reader. --Kevin Nance, Chicago Tribune

About the Author

Ken Womble is an Associate Professor of Theatre at the University of Northern Colorado. As a New York and Los Angeles actor for over fifteen years he appeared in two Off Broadway premieres and was the voice of a BBC radio announcer in Freud's Last Session at New World Stages. He recurred on Guiding Light and three other soaps.

Ken continues to act regionally in such productions The 39 Steps, Private Lives, God of Carnage and Picnic (regional award Best Actor) at Colorado's Little Theatre of the Rockies. He is a member of Actors Equity and SAG/AFTRA.

He frequently directs, including The Odd Couple (Female version) at Colorado's Little Theatre of the Rockies, and award winning productions of The Three Sisters and Dancing at Lughnasa. For television Ken directed the situation comedy pilot Under the Desk.

Ken was commissioned by the University of Northern Colorado to write and direct the first-ever documentary film on novelist James Michener, James A. Michener, An Epic Life. His adaptations of A Midsummer Night's Dream and two other classics have been produced throughout the U.S.

He coaches actors for film, television and Broadway, and conducts audition and film acting workshops at numerous venues. Please visit his web site, kenwomble.com, for upcoming workshops.

Ken lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains with his wife Sandy.

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I definitely recommend this book to all actors no matter where they are in their careers.
eric delora
Realizing that other actors in this industry work so hard, and had this intense work ethic in themselves inspired me to pour more myself into my craft everyday.
Christina
I really enjoyed reading this book because it felt like I was right there visiting with the actors.
Debbie Gibbs

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An excellent and inspiring guide for young actors, answering so many of the questions they are needing/wanting to ask about their planned profession. After reading the book and recommending it to my colleague, we immediately adopted it as THE text for our Business of Theatre course at Western Wyoming Community College. Our students, all of them in our A.F.A. and A.A. Musical Theatre and Theatre transfer programs, repeatedly remarked on the many similarities between the actors interviewed and their own fledgling career paths. I definitely recommend this book to all actors no matter where they are in their careers.
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By Debbie Gibbs on May 31, 2014
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I really enjoyed reading this book because it felt like I was right there visiting with the actors. It contains some wonderful tips for aspiring actors, but not only that, I can apply many of those same principles for success in my own life. Can't get much better than that!
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I LOVED this book. As as soon as I bought it, I couldn't put it down. The advice in this book is so realistic, but yet convicting in a way that it made me want to step up my game! Realizing that other actors in this industry work so hard, and had this intense work ethic in themselves inspired me to pour more myself into my craft everyday.

Ken Womble does a beautiful job of finding the most important similarities between successful actors. I highly recommend this book!
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I literally shove this book into my students hands. They are scared pea green by the profession and this series of interviews laying bare how these ten actors "made it" is a crucial tonic for them. Is the profession tough? Yes. Is the journey rocky? Yes. But 'Inside Act" makes it seem possible in a way they can apply to themselves and frees them to get better with the hope that getting better might lead to a career. The book demystifies an acting career and down in the trenches of undergraduate acting it seems worse than mystical, it seems hopeless. Each of these actors learned their trade, pursued their trade, got a little lucky with what they did and who they met but they never make it seem it couldn't happen to you. It's the perfect Christmas gift for young actors to give their parents to get them off their backs about what they are choosing to do and energize the actors themselves. Good stories, good questions and a ton of info from people who do it. Buy it and scatter a little hope.
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Ken's book is a thorough and realistic look at what it takes to be a professional actor in multiple mediums. Each of the thorough and enjoyable interviews with working actors details the performer's career and the methods necessary for to take them there (though the common theme seemed to be hard work and chance). Perhaps more importantly, it reminds us that our definitions of success have to evolve and change as we and our circumstances change. I highly recommend this book to anyone considering going into the field, or those in it looking for a shining ray of hope.
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