An honest, inspiring exploration of the New York acting world, ambition, and success, delivered by a fresh, bold insider's voice.
In her critically acclaimed essay collection, writer Mellini Kantayya exposes the pinnacles and pitfalls of pursuing artistic ambitions and life as a rank-and-file actor. Her unflinching depiction of show business, backstage anecdotes, and self-deprecating humor will resonate with both the creative and the curious--and inspire anyone who has ever juggled making art and making rent.
©2013 Mellini Kantayya (P)2014 Mellini Kantayya
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"A witty, clever gem of a book!"
Yes! I laughed out loud on the subway and had to keep going back to hear what I missed! (got some strange looks) The author weaves in cultural criticism, sociology, history—creating a context for her own story while being thoroughly entertaining.
The chapter on "Notes" was particularly raw and particularly humorous. The chapter on race was intelligent and nuanced, but again, very very funny.
Will deeply resonate with anyone in the arts, but really is a book for anyone wanting to think, feel, AND laugh.
"Artists will relate. Everyone will laugh."
Yes! You feel like your funniest smartest friend is taking you into her confidence.
The main character/author was my favorite. I particulary enjoyed her willingness to laugh at herself and ability to see the humor and ridiculousness in the entertainment industry.
I believe this is her first audio performance.
I laughed out loud. A lot. In front of others!
The book and narration reminded me of the radio show "This American Life." I loved the sneak peek into the plight of Actor, Writer, Whatevers everywhere.
"Mellini puts into words what other actor. Writer. Whatever's want to say but haven't been able to put into words"
This book inspires me to continue my pursuit in my creative field to keep plugging along... regardless of what others define as success. For those of us at the bottom of the bottom, Mellini is an inspiration. She gets it.
"Funny&Sad But So Inspirational For Working Actor"
Humorous tales about being (barely) making a living as a working actor.
The story about MTV's post September 11 shows on race.
The scene where she is wearing sweat pants on the subway and running into a more successful friend.
Not a moment, but the honesty of what it means to be in this life. It should be depressing, but there is something fulfilling about chasing your dreams even though the pot at end of rainbow may not be filled with lots of gold.
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