No, this isn’t a guide to helping introverts learn how to loosen up and be themselves. Rather, it’s a new perspective on auditioning for doctor . Harold Guskin is an Acting Doctor whose clients include David Suchet, Glenn Close, James Gandolfini, Bridget Fonda and dozens more. ‘Harold Guskin is an Acting Doctor whose clients include David Suchet, Glenn Close, James Gandolfini, Bridget Fonda and dozens more. In HOW TO STOP.

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ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Harold’s ideas have opened me up and freed all the should’ves and ought-to-dos! Published June 25th by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. The author gives many anecdotes of his personal life as an actor, and of the students he coaches. If you’re a voice actor, maybe it will help you. Other editions – View all How to Stop Acting: I wish there was an a video or recording of an actual coaching session so that I could see the techniques in action.

Refresh and try again. He also offers sound and original advice on adapting to the particular demands of television and film, playing difficult emotional scenes, tackling Shakespearean and other great roles. One person found this helpful. Internet Explorer 9, 10 and 11; Chrome latest version, as it auto updates ; Firefox latest version, as it auto updates ; and Safari latest version, as it auto updates.

I purchased this book to help me in my voice acting. Account Options Sign in. Then I let my responses take me wherever they go, making mistakes and discarding them until choices start repeating themselves on their own no matter how arbitrary they seem at first. He also offers sound and original advice on adapting to the particular demands of television and film, playing difficult emotional scenes, tackling the Shakespearean and other great roles, and more.

While most acting books focus on a specific method and everything the t “should” do, this does a bit of a flip and teaches a “non-method,” while focusing on what the actor should NOT do; or rather, on breaking an actor’s bad habits- which most tend to have.


Great book for freeing frustrated actors; if, however, you are just starting out and are looking for how to approach a character to play it, you might not want to read this book first.

How To Stop Acting

There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Farrar, Cating and Giroux; 1st edition June 25, Language: More recently, however, I wanted to be free of ”a way” of working and Harold”s approach to acting was the much-needed key to the freedom that Guskih wanted.

Dolores rated it really liked it Jun 21, This is a terrific book, an entirely different approach to creating a character that makes acting actimg accessible. Return to Book Page. It’s not a very long book, and while it does go off on a tangent at times, a definitely a refreshing place from which to undertake a new approach to performing and auditioning if you’ve been feeling stuck in your career. How to Stop Acting: Use what works and discard whatever gets in the way, no matter how sound the concept.

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How to Stop Acting by Harold Guskin

Sep 05, Joshua Grisetti rated it really liked it. Amazon Second Chance Pass hrold on, trade it in, give it a second life. Common terms and phrases Aaliyah acter acting afraid Alan Pakula allow Ally Sheedy Anton Chekhov Arthur Miller asked audience audition believe Bridget Bridget Fonda camera casting director char character character’s Chekhov choice Chris Noth close-up coaching comes creative dialogue emotion everything exploring fear film Fish Called Actin give Glenn Close Hamlet happen hearsal idea improvisation intentionally left blank Jennifer Jason Leigh Jim Gandolfini Kevin Kline laugh let the lines listen look Masha means memorize Michael Weller monologue move never night Pakula performance Peter Fonda phrase physical piece play possible rehearsal remember response rhythm role say the line scene script sense Xtop shooting shot specific stage Stanislavski started stop story surprise take a breath taking the lines talking Tcheky Karyo television tell theater There’s thought told trust truth Ulee what’s Woman words young actors.


Tips are amazing and easy to put to use. Nov 11, Heather rated it really liked it. Drawing on examples harild his clients’ work and his own, Guskin presents acting as a constantly evolving exploration rather than as a progression toward a fixed goal. I could’ve written this book because it was like reading my thoughts exactly! English Choose a language for shopping.

Syop more about Amazon Giveaway. The Taking It Off The Page technique is how I always begin work on a new role, and it frees me up to make interesting choices each time I run through it, rather than getting set into a particular read. My library Help Advanced Book Search. I was influenced by Stanislavsky and Method acting, often feeling guilty if I failed to use them in the studying of hoq script and in the development of a character!

How to Stop Acting.

I found a lot of acting books to be so focus on what acting should be they don’t tell you the key concept of why you need to learn and understand the craft of acting. Instead of yet another ”method”, Guskin gkskin a strategy based guskun a radically simple and refreshing idea- that the actor”s work is not to ”create a character” but rather to be continually, personally responsive to the text, wherever his impulse takes him, from the first read-through to the final performance.

A game changer for actors.

Because of my lack of training in the field, many of his techniques and experiences are over my head. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.