I am an actor from New York. This book was recomended as a must read by my acting coach Jimmy Palumbo, I loved reading every second of it. It was so on about everything. I wanted to personally thank you for putting out a great book that you can actually use.
So, yes, I'm bragging but the point is the same. I don't know Jimmie Palumbo. I know who he is because he's been around so long, but he's not handing my book off as a personal favor. I did email him with thanks for the endorsement, this was his response;
Great to hear from you. I came from a blue collar family with NO background in acting or the arts. I have read MOST of the books since 1990. I read yours and it was SOOOOOO dead on that I have been telling ALL actors I meet to read the book. Rookies may not get it all but for a 17 year guy like me, it was PERFECT. Your book should be in every acting section in the country.
PS…please call me when u come east…cup of joe sounds great.
That's who we are folks. That's us. That's our community helping itself out. That's us taking care of us. There is plenty of fame, money, roles to go around, there is no need to keep all your best advice and help to yourself. Whether it's my book or just a tip that'll save a fellow artist from kicking themselves all day, share the wealth and feel connected to a power bigger than any one of us. The power of the artists' collective. The power of being able to whole heartedly cheer for a friend who's up on stage acting their guts out because you really know what it took to get there. You know it because you helped him/her along the way. The help will always comeback to you.
We're artists and our job is enormous, yet simple. We educate the planet on how people who care about each other, treat one another. We communicate better, deeper and clearer. We are not limited to just words like most of society, we have the grace of using hips and sounds and brushes and stares and notes and humor. We have to be better and bigger for no other reason than we can. We're gifted.
Don't hoard the gift. Pass it on, especially to those fellow artists among us who too are trying to get into a position to stand up and risk telling their truth. Am I a genius for writing this book? Of course! But I had much help along the way and I keep getting more.
Damn it's good to be us.