- Paperback: 246 pages
- Publisher: BRALMS BOOKS; 2 edition (January 18, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780988226425
- ISBN-13: 978-0988226425
- ASIN: 0988226421
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
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The 1st half of the book is essential reading.
The Shakespeare quote in which he said “the world is a stage” and each must play a part goes beyond the stage. In life itself, we are all playing some sort of role. And each of us can decide on how successful we choose to be. Of course, we can all get advice and there are quite a few books available on the subject. One of them, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” is one that comes to mind. I have read the book and the advice is sound. But I also felt that the advice didn’t have to be complex and could have been reduced to simpler terms. This is why I like Deryn’s book. The points she makes are clear and easy to understand and she gets to the heart of the matter. And if you substitute one word in the title, audience, for another noun like family, boy or girl friend, business acquaintance, the same advice holds.
In the book itself, let me mention a few points that Deryn makes. One of them is that we are all unique and we should use this to our advantage. We should all be comfortable playing ourselves. Each of us has our own special experiences that make us who we are. And believe me, there is nothing more boring than somebody trying to make us believe who they aren’t. We have all been there and perhaps at one time, we have been that person too.
And when one is comfortable with oneself, we should take risks. Deryn emphasizes this point as it should be. And she more or less states that we shouldn’t worry about what will happen if we take a risk. She more or less says we will not get anywhere if we do not take risks. Keep in mind that risk also involves failure. And that is life itself and if we can get up and try again, then doesn’t it add to our uniqueness.
The topic of humor is also mentioned as it should. I have discovered that getting your subject to laugh is a great ice-breaker. And you are in a very good spot to succeed. And everybody is just waiting to hear what you will say next. There are not too many books in becoming successful in which humor is discussed as a topic. And that’s a shame because we all enjoy a good laugh.
And one last thing that is quite important but perhaps is taken for granted is what Deryn devotes a whole chapter called “Beats.” She refers to beats as the silences. And the more beats you have, the more rapt the audience will be. This topic transcends past the stage. If you ever wonder why some musical solos sound great, it is because of the silences (or rests) between notes. (I do play an instrument and one thing that is always driven home when soloing is that less is more.) And if this works on the stage for a musician, why can’t the same concept apply to an actor or for anybody trying to become successful.
These are just a few topics in the book. And when you think about it, wouldn’t we all wish we had a director to guide us to a memorable performance.
A renowned acting coach and successful actor in her own right, Deryn Warren brings a wealth of experience and skill to this volume, which is a "must have" for anyone serious about a career on stage or screen.