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Could have been tougher!
on 18 July 2011
First of all let me say that I throughly enjoyed this book, but I would have liked to have read the orginal more cynical draft which Freud produced before showing it to her husband the successful British actor David Morrissey. Apparently she said on BBC news that when she showed him one of her earlier drafts to him he said "You've forgotten to say it's the best job in the world." After which she rewrote it. Yes the acting profession must be one of the best jobs in the world if you are successful, but many people suffer hardship, insecurity, jealousy, depression etc. Freud attempted to cover this in her book, but maybe if she had included some of her own experiences as a struggling actor rather than been influenced by the successes of others it mightn't have been such a light read! Also I would have liked the book to include the experiences of an actor from a working class background in what is basically a middle class profession! Perhaps those looking for a more cynical read should look at Barbara Ewing's The Actresses. Saying all this I would recommend Lucky Break, but there is always room for improvement.