The Golden Rules of Acting
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback, 128 pages ISBN: 9781848422537Publication Date:
6 Sep 2012
Size: 178mm x 111mm£6.99 £4.89You save £2.10 (30%)

The Golden Rules of Acting

By Andy Nyman

Paperback £6.99£4.89

A treasure trove of advice, support and encouragement that no performer should be without. Honest, witty and direct, The Golden Rules of Acting is every actor's best friend – in handy paperback form.

‘When auditioning, rehearsing or in a performance, take a risk – the worst that can happen is that you get embarrassed. You won’t die.’

Easy to dip into, fully illustrated throughout, and designed to be both instructive and empowering, The Golden Rules of Acting won't tell you how to act – but it will tell you how to be an actor.

‘Always remember, the people auditioning you want you to be brilliant. They want you to solve their casting problem.'

If you're a working actor, drama-school student, someone who wants to become an actor, or simply someone who has a dream and wants to make it a reality, this book is for you.

‘NEVER harmonise when singing ‘Happy Birthday’ – this has nothing to do with work, it’s just all actors do it & it’s bloody annoying.’

Andy Nyman learnt the golden rules of acting the hard way, through twenty-five years of working in theatre, film and television. On stage, he co-wrote, co-directed and starred in the West End hit Ghost Stories, and won an Olivier Award for Best Entertainment for co-writing and directing Something Wicked This Way Comes with his regular collaborator Derren Brown. His many film appearances include Severance and Frank Oz's Death at a Funeral.

'Christians have the Bible, now actors have this book. At last, everyone is happy.'
Simon Pegg

'Andy's distilled guidebook is smart, hilarious, and just might get you work!'
Neil Patrick Harris

'Like its author, this little book is packed full of wit, wisdom and good things.'
Matthew Macfadyen

'A wonderful insight into the secrets of success that will help anyone achieve their dreams.'
Richard Wiseman (author, 59 Seconds: Think a little, change a lot)

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Blog Entry: Andy Nyman on the birth of the Golden Rules. 'As a stocky, glasses wearing, curly haired Jewish teenager, I was looking up at a stocky, glasses wearing, curly haired Jewish actor playing one of the leads in the most exciting movie experience I had ever had. Could this be true?' Read on >>

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'A complete joy, unique, a book for all seasons'

'Sage advice and wisdom for actors, and non-actors alike... truthful, eye-opening and insightful, reading it feels like getting tips and advice from a friend down the pub; it is a goldmine of information'

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'It’s a little book and it’s fun. If you get only one useful nugget it will have paid for itself. ... Worth the cover price for the quotations alone.'

The Stage
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback, 128 pages ISBN: 9781848422537Publication Date:
6 Sep 2012
Size: 178mm x 111mm£6.99 £4.89You save £2.10 (30%)
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