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Drawing on Ken Rea's 30 years' teaching experience and research, as well as interviews with top actors and directors, The Outstanding Actor identifies seven key qualities that the most successful actors manifest, along with practical exercises that help nurture those qualities. Featuring contributions and insights from Ewan McGregor, Jude Law, Judi Dench, Al Pacino and many Drawing on Ken Rea's 30 years' teaching experience and research, as well as interviews with top actors and directors, The Outstanding Actor identifies seven key qualities that the most successful actors manifest, along with practical exercises that help nurture those qualities. Featuring contributions and insights from Ewan McGregor, Jude Law, Judi Dench, Al Pacino and many more, The Outstanding Actor gives you techniques that you can immediately put into practice in rehearsals, classes or private preparation. It also shows you how to increase the chances of having a more successful career. 'Ken taught us to be dangerous, to abandon any sense of failure and to take risks – that's where to find creativity. A lesson we can never stop learning.' Orlando Bloom 'The classes with Ken at Guildhall, I consider to be the most important part of the acting training. They are exercises in patience, unpredictability and encouraging students to make utter fools of themselves – vital for any actor embarking on a life in the profession.' Michelle Dockery 'Ken's classes were some of the most interesting that I was lucky enough to attend at drama school. He opened the mind to what acting could be.' Ewan McGregor Includes a foreword by Damian Lewis.


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Drawing on Ken Rea's 30 years' teaching experience and research, as well as interviews with top actors and directors, The Outstanding Actor identifies seven key qualities that the most successful actors manifest, along with practical exercises that help nurture those qualities. Featuring contributions and insights from Ewan McGregor, Jude Law, Judi Dench, Al Pacino and many Drawing on Ken Rea's 30 years' teaching experience and research, as well as interviews with top actors and directors, The Outstanding Actor identifies seven key qualities that the most successful actors manifest, along with practical exercises that help nurture those qualities. Featuring contributions and insights from Ewan McGregor, Jude Law, Judi Dench, Al Pacino and many more, The Outstanding Actor gives you techniques that you can immediately put into practice in rehearsals, classes or private preparation. It also shows you how to increase the chances of having a more successful career. 'Ken taught us to be dangerous, to abandon any sense of failure and to take risks – that's where to find creativity. A lesson we can never stop learning.' Orlando Bloom 'The classes with Ken at Guildhall, I consider to be the most important part of the acting training. They are exercises in patience, unpredictability and encouraging students to make utter fools of themselves – vital for any actor embarking on a life in the profession.' Michelle Dockery 'Ken's classes were some of the most interesting that I was lucky enough to attend at drama school. He opened the mind to what acting could be.' Ewan McGregor Includes a foreword by Damian Lewis.

39 review for The Outstanding Actor: Seven Keys to Success

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sophie Bloor

    Someone useful but nothing overly ground breaking. Nice sectioning and effective exercises but I don’t necessarily agree with considering the audience in performance too- surely that interrupts moment to moment responses?

  2. 5 out of 5

    David Hendrickson

    This is an excellent book by Ken Rea acting teacher extraordinaire at The Guildhall School of Music & Drama, this book is not only relevant to performance practitioners as his ideas and insights would enhance any human being.

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    If you're in actor training, you NEED TO READ this book. If you're in actor training, you NEED TO READ this book.

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