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So You Want to Tread the Boards: The Everything-you-need-to-know, Insider's Guide to a Career in the Performing Arts Paperback – 1 Aug 2007


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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: JR Books Ltd (1 Aug. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906217025
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906217020
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 399,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`This comprehensive volume contains a wealth of useful information...an essential read for beginners for many years to come' -- The Stage

About the Author

Jennifer Reischel graduated from the three-year musical theatre course at Mountview Academy in 2002. Her professional performance experience includes the UK tour of an evening with Gary Lineker, the Cole Porter musical Nymph Errant (Sadlers Wells), various musicals as part of the Cardiff International Musical Theatre festival, cabaret and jazz solo singing engagements at Lauderdale House, Pizza on the Park and in Singapore, as well as filming a television pilot at Pinewood Studios. Jennifer has also written for The Actors Yearbook 2008. She is still auditioning!

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Ward on 6 Dec. 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is jam packed with literally everything you need to know to become a performer, and is probably the only book of its kind that covers the three disciplines in such detail- acting, singing and dancing. It is refreshing to read a book from the perspective of a young actor, who has experienced all the worries and struggles for herself. Her writing is friendly, practical and honest and jam packed with up to date websites, recommended song lists and overused audition material. It covers everything from how to present yourself at an audition to dealing with personal issues such as unsupportive parents. The author never skirts around the issue of just how hard the industry is, especially during a time where auditions are becoming scarcer due to reality TV and celebrity casting. However, with the helpful and honest advice offered in this book, the young performer can discover what they need to do to give themselves the best possible chance. For the young drama school aspirant, the worried graduate, the disillusioned professional and the concerned parent- this book is for you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By theatremonkey on 8 Dec. 2007
Format: Paperback
Acting is your passion, but how to make it your career? This author has been there, done that, (literally) borrowed the "I'm the star and you know it" T-Shirt, and now writes the book. Experienced enough to offer a balanced view, yet still close enough in age to recall her training days and empathise with teenage readers, Reischel covers just about everything the aspiring thespian may wish to know.

The book mixes practical and personal advice, organised in handily bite-sized sections.General topics like choosing your school, finding funding, the cost of everything from clothing to lessons and living in London are dealt with before moving on to more individual needs. These include audition piece suggestions - play and musical - with tips on how to handle auditions themselves, how to find good tutors and even a little on important matters like tax and visa requirements for working abroad. Alternative careers both in and allied to the industry also get a mention, and a glossary of theatre terms should prove useful to those who don't know their 'stage right' from left. Most originally, the tricky subject of convincing loved ones that acting really is a suitable a job as any other is covered in depth - and should prove helpful to both auditionee and concerned family members.

Perhaps the only omissions are the darker side of the business. Dealing with the stress of continuous unemployment, obsessive fans (even the least well known have awkward encounters at stage doors), and warning of issues surrounding unwise career choices early on ("I was young, I needed the money" has a nasty way of biting later) might have been useful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. M. Powell on 13 Feb. 2008
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This book is clear, concise and very helpful. It gives useful advice and several answers to the questions that plague those looking to move forward into the performing arts business, written by someone who's been there and done it.

I'd recommend it to anyone who's interested in making a career of performer or those who are currently in performing arts and seeking ways to further their career.

Very good book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Unnamed on 18 Oct. 2010
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This book is absolutely wonderful, covering all aspects of the performing industry and answering any and all questions potential actors, singers or dancers may have. It's written in a very down to earth way, by a drama school graduate who has been through the system herself and knows how it works. I would definitely recommend this book to aspiring performers from early teens upwards. I'm 14, and loved it!
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