Confessions of a Casting Director: Help Actors Land Any Role with Secrets from Inside the Audition Room, by Jen Rudin, 3/5
This book provides an interesting perspective into the more prosaic side of glamorous showbiz. I really enjoyed the variety of personal anecdotes, not just from the author, but from a variety of people associated with the entertainment industry. The whole audition circuit sounds intense and I’m amazed how much rejection aspiring actors can endure while still maintaining the will to live. I guess it helps that the focus seems more on finding “the one” for each role than on weeding out bad actors. So even if you’re not “the one,” it doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with you. The author’s attitude is very positive and encouraging overall, giving all-purpose advice that emphasizes the importance of professionalism and self-confidence.
Why I read it: thought it looked interesting while wandering around the library.
This collection of Hollywood portraits from the 1920s through 40s is full of mesmerisingly beautiful black and white images. Famous actors and actresses, exquisite lighting, glamorous settings–this book is literally a feast for the eyes.
[Why I read it: it caught my eye in the thrift store.]
Shapiro makes the well-documented and compelling case that virtually everyone involved in the TV industry is outspokenly liberal, proud to push their agendas through the powerful medium of TV, while shutting out and shutting down any conservatives who might be foolhardy enough to attempt to join the industry. The tone is uneven throughout, but Shapiro generally manages to be respectful and rational, though he does make some generalizations/statements about liberals that made me angry on their behalf. While Shapiro’s main points are undoubtedly true, I felt like he was really reaching when it came to specific TV shows and specific instances of liberalism.