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Fifteen minutes into this book I asked myself if there was anything else to be said (or heard). I don’t have stage fright and was not particularly interested on the topic itself. But, “Action is the key to success” has always been my favorite maxim, so I was curious as to how someone deals with an impediment (that seems so unreal) to fulfilling his or her dreams and do what they love or want to do. Sara Solovitch touches on everything you can think of about the subject not boring you with one chapter on this, and another on that. Her odyssey with stage fright is told in a very resolute style and is intertwined with interviews with people of all kinds of background, scientific research, feedback from psychotherapists, and more.
Engineers and statisticians account for error, tolerance and noise in their designs and data analyses. Why not artists? “Perfection is not only an illusion: it’s boring!” I love that.
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What did you love best about Playing Scared?
A very thorough look at stage fright, some great personal stories.
How could the performance have been better?
I'm sure she would make a wonderful kindergarten teacher, but her performance came off as condescending. She also mis-pronounced the name of almost every single composer and musical term mentioned. Do a little bit of research - it's a book about music. Finally, I can't stand it when they do voices. Just read the quote in your own voice. I know you're an out of work actor, but it's unbelievably annoying.
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