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Book - Acting and How to Be Good at It: The Second Edition


In Acting and How to Be Good at It and Acting and How to Be Good at It: The Second Edition, noted character actor and acting coach Basil Hoffman has written a compelling, practical analysis of the actor’s craft.

His unique questions-and-answers approach covers every aspect of professional acting, with behind-the-scenes anecdotes from his own experience and from the careers of the greatest actors, directors and writers of stage and screen.

This is a valuable textbook, not only for actors, but for anyone who wants to gain a better appreciation of the actor’s work in an easily understandable and entertaining format.

Basil Hoffman is an American character actor best known for his work with distinguished film directors, including Peter Bogdanovich, Mario Monicelli, Richard Benjamin, Carl Reiner, Peter Medak, and Alan J. Pakula; Academy Award winners Steven Spielberg, Delbert Mann, Blake Edwards, Stanley Donen, Sydney Pollack, Ron Howard and Robert Redford; and many others.

A long-time, respected private acting teacher and coach in New York and Los Angeles, he has also been a frequent guest lecturer and teacher at prestigious academic and professional institutions, including the American Film Institute, the University of Southern California and the Academie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts in Beirut, Lebanon.

The author's extensive filmography can be read on the 
Internet Movie Database

He is a former member of the Board of Directors of Screen Actors Guild and the Fine Arts Advisory Council of Loyola Marymount University. He is an Advisory Director of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and is a member of both the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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