How to create powerful, believable characters
By Bill Howey
This character preparation handbook tells you exactly what you need to know to become the kind of actor people want to watch. No matter your level of experience, you’ll love the perspective of this highly readable book. The concept of the menu categorizes the elements of character development into a list that’s easy to master. The “appetizer” of the book provides a strong background as an introduction. Howey then explores at length the “essential ingredients” — emotion, objective, past experiences, subtext and traits. The “recipe” instructs how to read the script, generate the impression and reinvent the character’s story. “Seasoning” this with improvisation, masking and making the most of transitions adds the final touches. Read more...
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The Actor’s Menu has sparked my imagination. After starring on Broadway, films and TV, I thought I had seen every way to develop as an actor. That is, until The Actor’s Menu. This book is a fresh, needed voice and perpective for actors at any level. The Actor’s Menu is a must read for any actor. Bob Corff - Starred on Broadway and Los Angeles in Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Grease
I used the techniques in The Actor’s Menu when auditioning for Reba. If you want to be the best actor you can be, read The Actor’s Menu. Steve Howey, stars as Van Montgomery in Reba on WB