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To Be or Wanna Be

The Top Ten Differences Between a Successful Actor and a Starving Artist
Narrated by: Sean Pratt
Length: 3 hrs
Categories: Business, Career Skills
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Created as a primer for the beginning actor, To Be or Wanna Be takes you on a journey that reveals the path to becoming a successful actor, as well as how to avoid the pitfalls of the starving artist. Beginning with the simple, yet important distinctions of how to take control of your career, and through personal anecdotes of how he discovered them, Sean Pratt guides you toward the more complex and powerful concepts that will make all the difference in your future success as an actor.

Covering topics such as finding the right day job, networking, becoming the CEO of “Your Career Inc.”, and marketing to the right niche, each idea is accompanied with a “How-To” section and additional resources that will propel you forward on the road to success in your acting career.

©2012 Sean Pratt (P)2012 Tantor

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  • Pearl Hewitt
  • 22-02-13

A Must-Listen For Any Performer/Actor/Singer

This book is filled with so much common-sense and vital practical advice that any aspiring performer should listen to it if they want to start their careers on the right track. Sean Pratt is easy to listen to and I had a sense of him sitting chatting with me instead of him reading aloud. Thoroughly enjoyed it. I as a voice-actor and my actor-in-training son will most definitely benefit from listening to Sean's wise words. Thank you Sean.

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  • Leslie Howard
  • 23-07-17

I learned a lot!

This was interesting and educational. I felt strong in some areas, and in the ones where I have more to learn, I felt that very practical advice was presented. I'm excited to learn more from this excellent coach.

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  • lyric
  • 19-02-17

Content is well thought out!

Excellent exercise audiobook with heaps of ideas to act on. I look at this as a workbook that will be useful today or in 5 years. Thanks for all the recommended listening in this primer Sean! Quality of audio well paced, a bit fast for listing books to find but easily solved by hitting pause. Have a notebook handy and be ready to write like crazy ;)

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  • Audio Gal
  • 14-01-17

I'll be listening again...and again..

Chock full of real and relevant steps to improve as an actor, and a business person. Definitely looking forward to listening again. I'm sure I'll learn something new with each lusten.
Love the tips that help avoid becoming a starving artist. Excellent performance by Sean Pratt.

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  • Petrea Burchard
  • 29-07-19

Worth listening again and again

This is an inspiring book, with both concrete and ethereal ideas for taking your business to the next level. I’ll listen to it again and again.

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  • Melissa Benson
  • 14-05-19

A practical guide for an impractical career

To Be or Wanna Be is a business/ art /and life primer filled with sage advice and practical measures to achieve any goals in life. The emphasis is on how these methods apply to a career in entertainment. I love the step by step approach and the idea that a series of small actions will get you to where you want TO BE.

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  • Phil Shreck
  • 05-08-18

Succinct and actionable advice

The author's commitment to life as an artist and performer aren't at question here - the life of an artist seems to have chosen him. This books, then, sets out to explain how Sean went on to achieve a balance in life where he could be a happy and successful actor, and not a frustrated, starving artist.

Sean masterfully weaves in his own personal story with clear guidance and recommendations. It's a fascinating read even for those not aspiring to be successful performers, though if you are looking for guidance, I would start with this book.

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  • Rose OToole
  • 13-04-18

Parents- but this for your starving artist! Full of tips and nuggets of wisdom.

This book should be required reading for any student of the arts. In fact, I would recommend it for anyone looking to freelance, no matter the industry. From creating a budget, goal setting to feeding your soul, Pratt drops a lot of great info in an entertaining and insightful way. He has been there/done that and the listener can learn from his mistakes and successes.

The book also includes action steps saying I want to reflect on, which is why I will keep it in my library of will-listen-again audiobooks.
Well done!

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  • M. Dillon
  • 29-03-18

Packed With Value!

This audiobook takes just a few hours to listen to but the amount of information Sean shares can take you several hours to work through if you are serious about being the best you can be...actor or entrepreneur.

Sean lived the actor life and shares his life lessons so you can save time, and headache, and hopefully reach your acting goals.

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  • Rodger P. Paxton
  • 06-02-18

Great primer for the acting business

Sean Pratt narrating his own book is pure gold, and so is the content. If you're struggling as an artist, this gives you actionable steps to take that can help you succeed.