The Actor's Encyclopedia of Casting Directors: Conversations with Over 100 Casting Directors on How to Get the Job

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9781580650137: The Actor's Encyclopedia of Casting Directors: Conversations with Over 100 Casting Directors on How to Get the Job

Karen Kondazian has compiled inside information from talking to the premier casting directors in film, television, and commercials from New York to Los Angeles.

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Karen Kondazian's career as an actor, author and producer, started early in life... At the age of eight, Karen was chosen to be one of the infamous children on Art Linkletter's famous Kids Say the Darndest Things. The opportunity to miss school during tapings was all it took for Karen to abandon her life's goal of becoming a CIA spy and focus on acting.
 
She was born in Boston, completing her education at The University of Vienna and The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, after which she began her acting career in New York. Her first professional work was in the Off Broadway, award-winning production of Michael Cacoyannis' The Trojan Women, later winning the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Actress in The Rose Tattoo. Tennessee Williams, after seeing her work, was so impressed that he gave her carte blanche to produce any of his plays in his lifetime.
 
Other award-winning performances include Sweet Bird of Youth (with Ed Harris), Vieux Carre (with Ray Stricklyn) and Maria Callas in Master Class.  On television, she has appeared as a series regular lead in CBS's Shannon, and also guest starred in over 50 television shows and films including: James Dean (with James Franco) and Yes Giorgio (with Luciano Pavarotti).  She is a lifetime member of the Actors Studio and a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
 
As an author, Kondazian is a multi-award winning novelist. Her debut novel, The Whip, won the USA News Book Award (Best Historical Fiction), Readers Favorite Award (Best Western Fiction), among other awards. The book was also featured on the cover of Publishers Weekly and is a screenplay.

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While I'm not in the habit of recommending industry books, I do praiseKaren Kondazian's book. It's a highly practical, intelligently written work that will be an asset toany working actor or newcomer who hopes to find work. The informationdispensed in the Q&A format will help you prepare for any audition,whether it be for the particular casting director profiled or someoneelse you may be reading for. I use thebook regularly before auditions to refresh my memory as to what eachcasting directors' likes and dislikes are.
- Thomas Mills - Senior Columnist, Backstage West Newspaper

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