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Acting for the Stage by Chris Qualls, Anna Weinstein

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CHAPTER 1

GETTING STARTED

“Great people do things before they’re ready. They do things before they know they can do it. Doing what you’re afraid of, getting out of your comfort zone, taking risks like that—that is what life is.”

Amy Poehler

Taking the first step in any endeavor is always the most challenging—and also the easiest to put off. “I’ll start tomorrow. Next month. After I pay off the credit cards. After I feel a little more accomplished.”

It can be intimidating to proclaim to be a professional when so far all you have is amateur experience. Even if you have worked professionally, chances are you know actors who have worked more than you. Are they more professional? More worthy of success?

As you know from your experience auditioning, ...

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