Jeff Labrecque wrote in Entertainment Weekly a poke-in-the-eye treatise jabbing the American actor:
“What does the latest British invasion say about the state of American acting?”
Briefly summarized, Mr. Labrecque believes British actors focus more on training while American actors focus on fame via the path of least resistance. Accordingly the blow-back from American actors is so venomous that you would think Mr. Labrecque tags the mother of every American actor as a truck stop lot lizard.
Trollers in daisy dukes aside Labrecque does voice a perception of the American actor reflected by a percentage of “actors” my colleagues encounter near daily–possibly you’ve met one or two of these hollow glory over substantive craft actors. Are these applause trumps art actors an umbrella paradigm for all American actors?
American actors who invest tremendous resources emotionally, and financially in dedication to their craft are too often viewed by civilians as self-serving due in part to a percentage of actors seeking the EZ-Pass lane to respect. A perception perpetuated by example of one actress in this excerpt from: Being an Actor – ACTING: Make It Your Business.
Casting Directors, Talent Agents, Directors & Actors
Love the Best-Selling Book for Actors
ACTING: Make It Your Business!
Actors everywhere who are trying to succeed in the business, young or old, on stage or on camera, anywhere in the world, take note:
This is your roadmap!”
— BERNARD TELSEY, casting director – CSA
(NBC’s Peter Pan – LIVE!, Into The Woods – The Movie, Wicked, Sex & The City)
“All the right questions asked and answered…
and with a generous portion of good humor.”
— SUZANNE RYAN, casting director, CSA
(Law & Order, Unforgettable)
“I love this book!
Paul’s book tells you what you don’t want to hear but really need to know
EVERY actor should read this book!”
— DIANE RILEY, Senior Legit Talent Agent
Harden-Curtis & Associates
“Paul’s book made me proud to be a part of this community we call ‘show!'”
— KAREN ZIEMBA, TONY & Drama Desk Award Winning Actress
“Paul Russell’s words are not only blunt & accurate they zero in on all the questions every actor wants to know but is afraid to ask!”
— KEN MELAMED, Talent Agency Partner
Bret Adams, Ltd.
“I had my Business of Acting, BFA Seniors, class do book reports on a variety of “business of acting” books and ACTING: Make It Your Business came out a clear winner—considered to be essential for their bookshelves!
— Dr. NINA LeNOIR,
Dept. Chair – Dept. of Thtr.
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