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"Do you have any notes for me?" Actors always ask for notes on their performance, and they will take them from just about anyone. Ron Marasco's Notes to an Actor grew out of the actor's profession. In his years as an actor, scholar, and teacher of acting, Mr. Marasco found that most acting books were either outdated classics that were rarely read, or quasi-textbooks that actors only "skimmed." So he developed Notes to an Actor, a compact, user-friendly audiobook geared specifically to the way actors work. The book is based on the innovative idea that notes, given one on one, are the essential tool of creative learning.

©2007 Ron Marasco (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Good for those with a base

This is a great book for actors. Lots of direct information with a lot of good arguments. Very practical advise and had my attention most of the time.

I would recommend this book to more experienced actors. I feel some of what is said may be more useful to those who are trying to improve rather than those starting. Think a sniper versus a shotgun. Specificity versus a generalized idea. That isn't to say newer actors cannot benefit from this book. I just think it's advantageous to have experience/a base to build upon before starting this book. After all, it's is about giving notes on something that exists, not giving notes on how to start.

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  • Lee
  • 2015-10-28

Insightful!

Very insightful and entertaining. I loved it. :)

I downloaded this to aid with character animation and even for that purpose there were some great things I learned.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2016-02-03

Great Listen!!

If you could sum up Notes to an Actor in three words, what would they be?

Fresh, Inspiring and Memorable

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I read and listen to a lot of books and this one is now on the top of my list. As an actor it was refreshing to hear new information regarding the craft of acting and how to approach different situations or genres that I had never heard or learned before. Mr Marasco seems approachable , practical and takes some of the worry and acting fears out of the art form with his words. I plan to buy the book after listening to this audible one so that I can refer to it again and again.

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  • Fashion_diva
  • 2019-06-13

Excellent Book!!!

I first heard of Ron Marasco's book while listening to Leigh Foster's podcast "Action: The Pursuit of Acting Excellence," where Mr. Marasco, is a frequent guest on the show. The book is full of helpful information for the beginning actor, BUT I also believe the experienced actor would benefit from Mr Marasco's words.

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  • Pastor J
  • 2016-01-13

A mentor for actors

This is by far the most helpful acting book I have ever read or listened to. In fact, I own both the hardback version and the audio version. It is that good! It is a helpful resource to refer her back to often. And Ron Marasco narration gives a mentor-like quality and honesty to the wisdom in the book.

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  • Alicia Ortiz
  • 2015-12-24

fantastic truth telling

Best way to be reminded of how to act and indirectly live. the vice is spectacular and the wisdom beneficial to any actor.

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  • Cierra Walters
  • 2021-05-15

It feels like cheat codes for acting

I loved this book and the narration! At times I had to remind myself that Ron Marasco was the only one narrating as he moved through examples lol. The notes are genius and easy to implement. Highly recommend.

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  • pianistcomposer
  • 2021-04-12

Really useful and enjoyable

This was great and chock full of concise and precise advice (rhyming unintentional, but kudos to me, I guess?)...HOWEVER, there were many tiny editing mistakes which—while not necessarily detracting from my overall enjoyment—did occasionally make me wonder if I was losing my mind and/or experiencing deja-vu. I only mention it because I know (as a narrator myself) that that sort of thing can drive a certain kind of person crazy, so if you’re that person: be warned. If you can get past that, this book is a rich treasure-trove for the aspiring (or even working) actor.

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  • guppyfish
  • 2020-12-30

Excellent content, but needs proofing

First off, excellent content, really insightful and useful information! 5 stars for content and author/narrator.
However, I can't believe this is an AUDIBLE STUDIOS production. there were MANY times where the narration was repeated, or misspoken and then corrected that weren't edited out. I am a narrator for audible books, and I cringe to hear this from the Audible team, who should be as capable at proofing their productions as the independent narrators. C'mon guys, this is a disservice to an excellent book. Fix it.

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  • michele santoro
  • 2020-09-08

One of the best

This has been one of the best acting books I've come across and it was FREE with Audible! Wow. I thought it had excellent tidbit after tidbit and loved the way Ron narrated. He's funny and charming like most great teachers. The only thing that was a little strange were how many line repeats there were.... I think whoever edited this should do another pass.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-12-24

Best acting book

This is the best book on acting I’ve read/listened to so far. Thanks Ron.