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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lloyd James Narrator: Lloyd James Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2012 ISBN: 9781452679389
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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, this book adds provides each idea with a how-to section and additional resources that will propel you forward on the road to success in your acting career.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Pratt’s book provides a strong perceptual framework that might well help actors challenge assumptions that might otherwise hold them back.”

    Stage Directions Magazine

  • “This book is must-listening for aspiring actors. Yes, advice for performers is never in short supply, but Pratt provides practical advice and timely anecdotes for those who are serious about a career in entertainment. It’s only fitting that the author also narrates his book. After all, he’s a trained actor trying to instruct other actors how to successfully manage their careers. In this role, Pratt does a fine job. He has a friendly, accessible voice that’s both soothing and declarative. He opts for the conversational over the academic, and that’s his best choice. He’s clearly having fun with his material, and he successfully emphasizes and pauses when he wants to grab attention.”


  • “Many new actors with their BAs, BFAs, and MFAs hot off the presses would benefit from reading this book and following Sean’s how-to advice.”

    Elizabeth van den Berg, chairperson of the Theatre Arts Department, McDaniel College

  • “Goes far beyond the ‘how to’ simplistic books on the market. Sean has called upon his sensibility and extensive experience as a professional actor that could be the bible for aspiring actors…To Be or Wanna Be will be invaluable to the next generation of aspiring, successful working actors.”

    John Weckesser, chair, Performing Arts Department, Santa Fe University of Art and Design

  • “A little treasure.”

    Ann Sachs, founder of Theatrical Intelligence

  • “Sean hits all the major differentiators for managing a successful acting career.”.

    Scott Goodhue, owner and talent agent at Taylor Royall, Inc.

  • To Be or Wanna Be is a must read for the new actor or someone who’s been in the business for a while and needs a little kick start.”

    Michelle Dyer, founder of Survival Jobs for Actors

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About the Author

Lloyd James (a.k.a. Sean Pratt) has been narrating since 1996 and has recorded over six hundred audiobooks. He is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award and has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His critically acclaimed performances include Elvis in the Morning by William F. Buckley Jr. and Searching for Bobby Fischer by Fred Waitzkin, among others.