Chicago theater veteran Kevin Theis, co-author of the cult classic Confessions of a Transylvanian: a Story of Sex, Drugs and Rocky Horror presents: Invading Nirvana: a Chicagoan in the City of Angels the story of one actor's quixotic odyssey into the heart of the entertainment industry: Hollywood, California.
From the early preparations for his trip to La La Land to his search for representation, his encounters with the famous (and soon-to-be famous) as well as his deep-dive exploration of this unique and fascinating city, Invading Nirvana is a must-listen for anyone considering moving to L.A. to pursue a dream of breaking into show business.
The author is both candid and unsparing in his description of the industry, the city of Los Angeles, and the challenges of being a performer in Hollywood looking for work. Casting agents, pay-to-meet workshops, the comedy club scene, film and TV auditions, as well as a peek inside the audiobook world; every aspect of the entertainment industry is thoroughly examined in this hilarious and comprehensive look at life as a professional actor in Hollywood.
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What a great story!
I really enjoyed the whole story. From beginning to end, the journey is so vivid that I felt like I was a part of the trip.
The struggle of an actor in LA trying to find a job is vividly portrayed. It is heartbreaking, but realistic. Excellent and tough part of the book.
Kevin, the narrator. By far. His manner of speaking is very easy to listen to. His voice sounds like the thoughts in my head. This makes the journey taken in the story more personal. I feel like I have something at stake. It's amazing!
If you think Nirvana is a place of peace...think again.
- Anthony Tournis
Must read for Chicago Actors!
Absolutely! Kevin takes us along for the ride in a hilarious, honest, and moving way. There is also a ton of great information about the tools you need as an actor in L.A. (or anywhere), how to find a good agent, and about the audiobook industry. Not to mention how you can try your hand at stand up comedy.
I have three: The scene with his daughter about him making the decision to go to L.A; The scene in which he scores an L.A. voice over agent; And his harrowing and very funny description of exploring the Scientology scene in Los Angeles.
This is such a fun read with lots of useful insight.
- Elizabeth Ingram