On Acting...and life

Narrated by William B. Davis
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Pub Date Oct 21 2023 | Archive Date Not set

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Description

Dozens of books on acting exist, but none of them are quite like this. On Acting...and Life provides both insightful acting advice and the memoir of an acclaimed actor of both stage and screen. Modelled after Stephen King’s best seller On Writing, the book is divided into two parts.

Part one takes listeners on a 70-year journey that begins with William B. Davis, at age 12, riding his bicycle through the streets of Toronto to his first acting classes, and eventually leads to him starring in the long-running television series The X-Files. From a summer theater in Ontario to the National Theatre of Great Britain to the National Theatre School of Canada to the William Davis Centre for Actors’ Study in Vancouver, few have achieved such a colorful journey. Along the way, Davis met all sorts of familiar faces, including Donald Sutherland, Brian Cox, Albert Finney, Laurence Olivier, Maggie Smith, David Duchovny, and Gillian Anderson, among others.

Although there is a lot about acting in part one, the heart of the book for an aspiring or working actor is in part two. What has Davis learned in 70 years of working both in the theatre and in film and television? A lot, as you will see. Davis’ grasp of the art of acting is vast and practical. And in some ways, original.

In his final chapter, Davis explores the underlying philosophy of acting and actor training and argues for bringing the work in to the 21st century.

©2022 William B. Davis (P)2023 William B. Davis

Dozens of books on acting exist, but none of them are quite like this. On Acting...and Life provides both insightful acting advice and the memoir of an acclaimed actor of both stage and screen...


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EDITION Audiobook, Unabridged
ISBN 9781772562330
PRICE $19.95 (USD)
DURATION 6 Hours, 24 Minutes

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This is a pretty short book, part memoir, part acting class. I love his voice, and I'm so glad the actor narrated his own book.
The world of acting has changed a lot since Davis was a new actor. There are so many schools that teach drama now, and Davis learned a lot by taking whatever theater opportunities he could find.
As an X Files fan, it was particularly interesting to me to hear how he started on the show without knowing anything about his character, and how he and the two leads were the only actors to be in the first and last episodes.
Thanks to NetGalley for letting me listen to this audiobook

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