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How to get the part : --without falling apart!
Haber, Margie.
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Los Angeles : Lone Eagle Pub. : Distributed to the trade by National Book Network, [1999]

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xxv, 333 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm
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How to Get the Part...Without Falling Apart! is the answer to every actor's audition prayers. Acting coach Margie Haber has created a revolutionary phrase technique to get actors through readings without stumbling over the script. The book helps actors break through the psychological roadblocks to auditioning with a specific, 10-step method for breaking down the scene. Actors learn to prepare thoroughly, whether they have twenty minutes or two weeks.

With a client list that includes Halle Berry, Brad Pitt, Kelly Preston, Heather Locklear, Vince Vaughn, Téa Leoni, Josie Bissett, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Laura Innes, and Tom Arnold, among others, Haber encourages and leads the reader through the audition process with helpful and oftentimes humorous examples. Includes script excerpts, audition stories from today's hottest stars, and tips from top industry professionals.

Author Notes

Margie Haber is regarded as one of the top audition specialists in the country. For the past twenty years, she has taught many of Hollywood's rising stars at her own Margie Haber Cold Reading Workshops in Los Angeles. Ms. Haber also holds on-going workshops in San Francisco and New York, as well as seminars in other cities nationally and worldwide.

Table of Contents

Heather LocklearGabriel ByrneHalle BerryBrooke LangtonKelly PrestonSteve Downing, Executive ProducerVince VaughnPierce BrosnanCorey AllenStephen CollinsEileen DavidsonBibi BeschTom ArnoldSteve GuttenbergJosie BissettVondie Curtis-HallMichael EastonTony RobertsRobert NewmanLar Park LincolnMarga GomezCheryl RichardsonDon McMillanTim QuillKeith AlexanderJames Harrison LurieTraylor HowardCree SummerLisa RinnaMichael EastonGarrett WangEdafe Blackman
Forewordp. xvii
Audition Storyp. xix
Acknowledgmentsp. xxi
Prologuep. xxiii
Part 1 Getting Out of Your Own Way
Chapter 1 You Are Your Own Worst Enemy
Audition Storyp. 4
Your Friend, The Casting Directorp. 6
The Success/Failure Syndromep. 6
It's a Numbers Gamep. 9
It's Out of Your Controlp. 11
Commitment, Commitment, Commitmentp. 11
Chapter 2 How You Present Yourself
Audition Storyp. 14
First Impressionsp. 16
Should You Enter as the Character or as Yourself?p. 17
Audition Storyp. 19
Photographs (Head Shots)p. 19
Resumesp. 20
Resume Layoutp. 22
The Big Taboo--Don't Touch The Casting Director!p. 23
It's Never How You Expect It To Bep. 23
Use What You're Not Givenp. 24
Stop Apologizing for Yourselfp. 25
Coming From the Character's Point of View (POV)p. 25
The Actor's Barometerp. 27
Chapter 3 The Interview
Audition Storyp. 30
Audition Storyp. 32
The Interviewp. 33
Taking in the Roomp. 34
What They Really Want To Knowp. 34
Audition Storyp. 40
Chapter 4 Guide to a Healthy Instrument
Audition Storyp. 44
Audition Storyp. 46
A Healthy Instrumentp. 47
That Old Backpackp. 49
The Five Ego Statesp. 49
Turn Up the Volume!p. 50
Part 2 Breaking Down the Scene
Chapter 1 Relationship
Audition Storyp. 56
Types of Relationshipsp. 59
Scene Excerpt--Thelma and Louisep. 60
Relationship QandAp. 62
Changing Relationshipsp. 64
Scene Excerpt--Thelma and Louisep. 64
Relationship Contract--Hannah and Her Sistersp. 66
Scene Excerpt--Hannah and Her Sistersp. 66
Applying the Relationship Contractp. 76
Siblings: Where is Your Character in the Food Chain?p. 77
Love Relationshipsp. 77
Stages of a Love Relationshipp. 77
Chapter 2 Intention
Audition Storyp. 82
Second Read-Throughp. 84
Scene Excerpt--Thelma and Louisep. 84
Action Verbsp. 86
Opposing Adjectivesp. 87
Physical Behaviorp. 88
Obstaclesp. 88
Types of Obstaclesp. 89
Scene Excerpt--Juliap. 91
Adjustmentsp. 95
Scene Excerpt--The Silence of the Lambsp. 96
Key Phrasep. 104
Chapter 3 History
Audition Storyp. 108
Creating the Pastp. 111
Scene Excerpt--The Goodbye Girlp. 112
Different Historiesp. 114
Scene Excerpt--In the Line of Firep. 116
Chapter 4 Personalization
Audition Storyp. 120
Personalizing Thoughts and Feelingsp. 122
Senses and Imageryp. 122
Blood and Gutsp. 123
Stanislavski's Magical "As If"p. 124
Substitutionp. 125
Scene Excerpt--Thelma and Louisep. 127
Chapter 5 V.I.P.S.
Audition Storyp. 130
Scene Excerpt--Beachesp. 134
Scene Excerpt--Beachesp. 139
Chapter 6 Opening Beat
Audition Storyp. 146
The Five "W's"p. 149
Where Am I?p. 149
When Does the Opening Beat Take Place?p. 150
Scene Excerpt--Kramer vs. Kramerp. 150
Who Else Is in the Environment?p. 151
What Am I Feeling?p. 152
What Is My Physical Action?p. 153
Scene Excerpt--Thelma and Louisep. 155
"Help, I'm Next!"p. 157
Chapter 7 Units and Transitions
Audition Storyp. 160
Scene Excerpt--Thelma and Louisep. 164
Scene Excerpt--The Prisoner of Second Avenuep. 165
Baby Beatsp. 171
Adjustmentsp. 172
Scene Excerpt--The Goodbye Girlp. 173
Closing Beatsp. 176
Chapter 8 Core and Masking
Audition Storyp. 180
Layers of Core and Maskingp. 182
Period Piecesp. 183
Masking With Angerp. 184
Masking With Indifferencep. 185
Masking With Humorp. 185
The Vulnerable Momentp. 186
Scene Excerpt--Thelma and Louisep. 187
Scene Excerpt--Ordinary Peoplep. 189
Chapter 9 Sense of Humor
Audition Storyp. 202
Personalityp. 204
Breaking the Stereotypesp. 205
Humor vs. Lightnessp. 206
Action/Adventure Filmsp. 206
Buddy Filmsp. 207
Scene Excerpt--Thelma and Louisep. 207
Likabilityp. 209
Daytime Dramas (Soaps)p. 209
Chapter 10 Moment to Moment
Audition Storyp. 214
Tennis, Anyone?p. 216
The Coverupp. 217
Mistakes Are Your Friendsp. 217
Crazy Things That Throw Youp. 218
Audition Storyp. 218
Audition Storyp. 218
Audition Storyp. 219
Audition Storyp. 219
Audition Storyp. 221
Audition Storyp. 221
Audition Storyp. 222
The Callback Syndromep. 223
Making Adjustmentsp. 224
Chapter 11 Sample Scene Breakdown
Audition Storyp. 228
Meeting Gene Hackmanp. 230
Scene Excerpt--I Never Sang for My Fatherp. 231
First Readp. 234
Second Readp. 236
Third Readp. 242
Scene Excerpt--I Never Sang for My Fatherp. 243
Part 3 The Haber Phrase Technique
Chapter 1 Reading in Phrases
Audition Storyp. 252
The Trap of Memorizingp. 254
Developing the Phrase Techniquep. 256
The Haber Phrase Techniquep. 256
Putting the Technique into Practice-- L.A. Law Closing Argumentp. 257
Scene Excerpt--L.A. Lawp. 258
Put your Thumb into Actionp. 259
"That Darn Paper"p. 259
Commonly Asked Questions Regarding the Techniquep. 261
Chapter 2 Using the Haber Phrase Technique in a Scene
Audition Storyp. 264
Audition Storyp. 266
There's No Such Thing as a Monologuep. 266
Working with a Partnerp. 267
Landingsp. 267
Resolutionsp. 268
Comedy Resolutionsp. 268
Scene Excerpt--Thievesp. 268
When Do You Get Your Next Line?p. 269
Scene Excerpt--I Never Sang for My Fatherp. 269
When to Turn the Pagep. 270
Repetitive Phrasesp. 270
Eye-Staring Contestp. 271
Throw It Away!p. 271
Joining Sentencesp. 272
Putting It Together--I Never Sang for My Fatherp. 272
Scene Excerpt--I Never Sang for My Fatherp. 273
Don't Lose Your Life!p. 274
Silence is Goldenp. 275
The State of Confusionp. 276
Part 4 Words from the Pros
Chapter 1 Meet the Pros Seminar
Audition Storyp. 284
Chapter 2 Do's and Don'ts
Audition Storyp. 308
Pictures and Resumesp. 311
Agents and Managersp. 311
Getting in the Doorp. 311
Preparationp. 311
The Auditionp. 312
Callbacksp. 313
Screen Testsp. 313
Feedbackp. 313
Afterword: An Interview with ED Asnerp. 316
Epiloguep. 325
About the Authorsp. 332