SUB-LEBRITY*: *The Queer Life of a Show-Biz Footnote Paperback – June 3, 2020
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- "...a ribald romp ... Acord's own proclivity for trouble means that his accounts can be racy, offensive (to some), forthright, and satisfyingly political ... engrossing observations and personal flair" - Diane Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
- "...an exciting and heartfelt adventure ... immediately hooks readers ... lighthearted, humourous, and inspirational moments alongside the inevitable heartbreaks and tragedies of life ... a strong understanding of how to craft successful narrative structures" AvidBards.com
- "A superb memoir of a life well lived" - David-Elijah Nahmod, Bay Area Reporter
- "Vividly written with refreshing candor ... wit and good humor" - South Florida Gay News
- "Stunningly deep ... beautifully shallow ... unflinchingly honest ... clever and engaging ... Acord is a gifted writer" Sarah/All the Book Blog Names Are Taken
- "Dishy but heartfelt ... the most fun I've had during quarantine" - Manny the Movie Guy, NBC Palm Springs/The Filipino Channel
- "If you have ever had a dream that you were afraid to follow, you need to read this ... it is filled with dish, honesty and laughs" - Reviews by Amos Lassen
- "Funny and poignant, at times graphic, and very, very honest ... if you follow [Acord] on Facebook, the book is eactly what you'd expect" - Anthony Corona, Take 2 Radio
From the Back Cover
Actor Leon Acord's story, told in his singular, cheeky voice, is "like any other Hollywood memoir...the only difference is, I'm not famous!"
With photos & stories from dozens of film & theatre roles, plus tales of bad auditions and a sampling of his hate mail, you'll learn exactly why Acord never became a star!
- ASIN : B089M5Y8KC
- Publisher : Independently published (June 3, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 390 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8622243110
- Item Weight : 1.15 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.88 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,782,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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His writing is easy to read; it flows like an intimate conversation while simultaneously entertaining you with humorous tales like those told aloud to a dinner party.
You are drawn into the chaotic life of an up-and-coming actor, and he portrays the challenges he faced with humility and grace. He’s frequently self-effacing, never arrogant, even when describing the debacle that he endured with a Trump supporter who was once a child star. Between her abusive attacks, and the vitriolic follow up of her supporters, a lesser person probably wouldn’t have taken the high road as he did.
There is great commentary on growing up gay, trying to break through in the theater world, and the endless “day jobs” most actors end up having to take to pay their bills. Interspersed throughout are details of his personal friendships and relationships, including his husband with whom he has shared his life for the past 28 years.
His account of the genesis, development, and pitfalls of bringing his web series to fruition is fascinating. (You learn that fundraising is tedious, embarrassing, problematic, never-ending, and yet one of the most necessary functions of producing a show.) The little fun facts he gives of its cast of actors and production staff are the stuff of a fangurrl’s dreams.
And the footnotes! Lots and lots of footnotes!
I definitely recommend this book! And if you have to have the paper copy, rumor is there is a June release on the way!
I guess I was a little anxious to read Leon's book. I only have time to read at night before bed, exactly the time of day during which I can't afford to get riled up. I've been having trouble going to sleep lately, as I'm sure many of you have been as well.
Unfortunately the stupid book turned out to be so engrossing that instead I found myself not being able to fall asleep because it was such a damn fun and engaging read.
It is funny, honest, heartfelt, humane, illuminating, meticulous, unpretentious, and whatever in it might count as a rant (there aren't many) are placed within proper context.
If you're among the lucky few who has time during the day to read for fun, this is a no-brainer for you. For others with less free time or need to prioritize sleep, my strong recommendation comes with a caveat.
Do you have no idea what ODNT is? You will love this book.
Do you love footnotes? You will love this book.
Do you loathe footnotes? You will love this book. Just avoid the hyperlinks.
I eagerly awaited the release of Sub-lebrity because through the magic of Facebook, over the past few years I have gotten to know Leon and his adorable husband Laurence, and because from approximately 3.5 nanoseconds into the first episode of Old Dogs, New Tricks I was in love. In love with Leon's skill as a wordsmith, the stunning ensemble cast he built, the relationships that were so familiar to me, and his damnable ability to make me laugh like a jackass and bring me to tears with the flick of a line of dialog.
And he did this without ever being manipulative.
Before I toss all my laurels and rose petals, a word about the genre of memoir.
It is--if you have been awake for the past eight years--a genre that can be glorious and uplifting, funny and poignant, nauseatingly confessional and icky, or WTF did this person bother, because I don't care.
Sub-lebrity is none of the above. It is in a class by itself, free of self-aggrandizement yet devoid of manipulative self-deprecation. Leon is honest, loving, scathingly honest--about himself--and a delightfully funny and engaging author. Even if I had never heard his name, if someone handed me this book cold by page fifteen I would be wondering why this guy wasn't one of my friends.
Do yourself a huge favor. Buy this book and do what I did; savor it like you might an extraordinary bottle of Port, a perfect filet, a box of craft chocolate. But one warning; when you have turned/swiped that last page you might be more than just a little sad, because Sub-lebrity is a wonderful, warm, and very cozy companion.
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Some years later when Leon was putting together his series Old Dogs And New Tricks, which was to be viewed over the internet, I told him he was being an innovator and trail blazer. That in the future a lot of shows would be made just for the web. And indeed, today it is very true.
Watching Leon in Carved In Stone and later in Old Dogs And New Tricks I was again struck how a gifted actor can convey a whole world of meaning with the tiniest of gestures. They can come into a room and tell volumes by just slightly raising one eye lid. It is an amazing thing to watch and while I have no idea how they do it, I am thankful that I can at least recognise it when I see it.
Now Leon must add writer and author to his list of gifts. And as with his acting he can tell so much with his words. As I read Sub-Lebrity I was struck how it felt like Leon was speaking directly to me through his words. It was like he was having a personal conversation with me. This makes it a very rewarding experience to read. It is how Quentin wrote. I’m sure Leon will not mind me making the comparison.
I won’t tell you anymore as it would spoil the plot. Lets just say I highly recommend it!
Reviewed in Canada on June 16, 2020