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on August 19, 2009
When I first ordered this book off Amazon, I was really excited to get it. However I was very let down. I am currently an actor in Tokyo, and was hoping to learn some really good acting techniques from this book; however that is not what this book is about. Instead it goes into some psychoanalysis of actors' childhoods and how their parents upbringing greatly impact ones ability to succeed. If I was interested in that sort of literature, I would have purchased a book by an actual doctor.
The first 100 pages have a really negative undertone as Scott explains that if you don't have talent, you should not be an actor. Of course there is truth in it, however any person interested enough to purchase his book must obviously believe they have some talent. Thus within the first 100pages you start to question your own abilities.
He has 3-4 exercises to practice, which would be great, but all require a group. Thus the reader is forced into creating a group of actors before they can even start to benefit.
The rest of the book analyzes the obvious, and has almost nothing to do with acting, such as don't do drugs, get a part time job, don't worry about what your friends back home say.
There are about 10 pages in this book worth reading, which include getting setup with business cards and headshots, other then that, it's a book about how to live a good life. Ill sum it up, work hard, stay positive, join an acting school, and don't give up.
If you're hoping to learn some great techniques and ways to create characters, this is not that book. If you are an actor, I suggest reading The Secret, a much more intelligent piece of literature on following your dreams. Sorry to say but I wouldn't waste your money on this.