Invading Nirvana

  • by Kevin Theis
  • Narrated by Kevin Theis
  • 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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!

What made the experience of listening to Invading Nirvana the most enjoyable?

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.


What did you like best about this story?

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.


Which character – as performed by Kevin Theis – was your favorite?

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 were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

If you think Nirvana is a place of peace...think again.


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- Anthony Tournis

Must read for Chicago Actors!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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.


Which scene was your favorite?

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.


Any additional comments?

This is such a fun read with lots of useful insight.

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- Elizabeth Ingram

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-23-2017
  • Publisher: Fort Raphael Publishing Company