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The Actor's Menu
The Actor's Menu

The Actor's Menu

A Character Preparation Handbook


204 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB, Mobipocket, PDF

Trade Paper, $14.95 (US $14.95) (CA $20.95)

Publication Date: September 2005

ISBN 9780975310229

Rights: WOR

Compass Publishing (Sep 2005)


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An acting workshop based on a unique culinary-pastiche approach

Whether new to the business or a seasoned professional, this handbook provides actors with a personal, active approach to discovering and developing their talent. Beginning with appetizers and ending with desserts, actors learn how to prepare a character in the same way that a master chef chooses the most complementary dishes for a feast. From typecasting to reinventing a character's story, actors discover the key ingredients that will enable them to use their own unique qualities and emotions to develop strong, believable characters that people are interested in watching. How to identify and resolve problems such as hidden agendas that can disable an actor's work; distinguish between perception, feeling, and emotions; and find lasting sources of inspiration are among the issues explored. The importance of imagination, words, and story as well as the difference between intellectual and visceral choices (and the impact of each) are also discussed.


"This book is a fresh, needed voice and perspective for actors at any level. The Actor's Menu is a must read for any actor." —Bob Corff, Hollywood voice coach and actor

"I would not be on the Reba show if it wasn't for the training I got from Bill Howey. If you want to be the best actor you can be, read The Actor's Menu." —Steve Howey, Van Montegomery on Reba, guest star on ER and The Drew Carey Show

Author Biography

Bill Howey has taught and coached acting for more than 25 years. He has appeared as an actor on the soap opera, The Young and the Restless and has worked as a dialogue/acting coach for the television series A Family for Joe, with Robert Mitchum, and Charlie Hoover, with Sam Kinison. He is a trainer and consultant to executives, managers, and public speakers. He lives in Denver, Colorado.