It’s hard to believe how much better my acting life is than it was before I read Secrets of Screen Acting, by Patrick Tucker.
If you’ve ever heard me talk about going from just one episode on Heroes (that’s all my character was supposed to survive) to three seasons recurring on the show, you’ve heard me mention this book was, in large part, the reason that happened.
And even better: everything in this book is applicable to your VO career as well.
I am so excited – the 3rd edition is awesome.
So awesome, that I’ve decided to give a copy away. Maybe even two or three copies.
(Look at how happy I am – this was taken when I got an advance copy in the mail!)
All you need to do to be eligible to win one is to write a comment below, congratulating Patrick Tucker, the author, on the book’s third edition. Maybe a comment or two on how Secrets of Screen Acting, or what I’ve said about it, has been helpful to you.
If you’ve never read the book, go get it. Immediately. And in the meantime, write a nice note anyway in the comments below.
Why should you? Here’s what I wrote for Amazon buyers as to why:
In this new edition, Patrick Tucker retains the engaging style and useful structure of the first and second editions, while addressing significant changes in current technology, ensuring that this volume will remain an indispensable resource for contemporary students of screen acting.
Updated for a new decade of screen performance possibilities, Secrets of Screen Acting is a magician’s box of acting tricks for today’s performer and makes the distinction between acting for the stage and for the screen. He explains that the actor, instead of starting with what is real and trying to portray that on screen, should work with the realities of the shoot itself, and then work out how to make it all appear realistic.
Tucker has created and developed several screen acting courses, and this book is an extension and explanation of a lifetime of work in the field. Containing over fifty acting exercises, this book leads the reader step-by-step through the elements of effective screen acting.
If you have read the book, then writing a nice note to him will be a snap.
Say hey to Patrick in the comments below. I’ll pick one at random in the next 48 hours, and send that lucky winner a copy. (One comment per person, so make it a good one!)
And if there are some real knockouts, maybe I’ll give away a couple more.
Hope this helps.