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.
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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.
- Michael B.
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.
- Ana L. Dziengel