LIS­TEN TO YOUR FRIEND BILLY ZANE

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Hi billy, I’m 15, and think­ing of pur­su­ing act­ing when I leave school. What books on act­ing would you rec­om­mend I read? Yours truly, CY most prac­ti­cally for film act­ing I would rec­om­mend Jeremiah Comey’s The

Art Of Film Act­ing. I like it so much I wrote the fore­word for mr Comey, one of my favourite teach­ers. For in­sight into the ex­pe­ri­ence of stage act­ing, I would rec­om­mend you visit the rsc’s gift shop and see what in­ter­est­ing ac­counts of that process the shelves fea­ture. there are many. For a most unique study into the prepa­ra­tion process, taken to cu­ri­ous ex­tremes, I rec­om­mend Antony sher’s ac­count of his boldly com­mit­ted turn as richard III, called Year Of The King, whereby you will glimpse the most in­cred­i­ble com­mit­ment by a per­former. sir Antony went so far as to ema­ci­ate the mus­cu­la­ture of his own legs while us­ing crutches solely for mo­bil­ity, for months, thus over-de­vel­op­ing his up­per-body strength to the tem­po­rary detri­ment of his lower half. Juicy stuff. but the best book some­one con­sid­er­ing a ca­reer as an ac­tor should read is How To Day Trade by ross Cameron. Not to dis­cour­age. Not a fall back. A par­al­lel re­al­ity. Crush it and fund your own projects. Hi billy, My wife wants kids. I’m not sure. I don’t want this to cause ten­sion, or break our mar­riage apart, but this doesn’t seem like a topic on which there can be a happy mid­dle ground. What are your thoughts? Yours, mb If you are crazy about your woman, and can love and sup­port her as she gets fully con­sumed by this life form for the next two years, do it. be­cause she will adore you for the Her­culean ef­fort you will make to pro­vide for them. It will mine char­ac­ter in you that you never knew you had, yet on a cu­ri­ous auto pi­lot, as if it is what we are hard-wired for as men. but don’t buy that bs from your friends. they are ra­tio­nal­is­ing about half of the joys of par­ent­ing. It’s a shit show most of the time. pure comic tragedy. but once you’ve bought the ticket you wouldn’t trade it for the world, Daddy-o! Hey billy, My high-school re­union is com­ing up soon, and I’m torn about at­tend­ing. Mainly be­cause I hated school, and can’t imag­ine any of the peo­ple who made my life a liv­ing hell there have im­proved. On the other hand, I’ve be­come a rel­a­tively suc­cess­ful busi­nessper­son, and would rel­ish the chance to rub my suc­cess in their faces. What would Billy Zane do? Thanks for your ad­vice, CJ this is why the world is in the state it’s in, pe­riod. First world, school boy bul­ly­ing, and the nat­u­ral re­sponse to shove it in some­one’s face us­ing money. sorry for your lost youth but don’t feed the beast. break the chain, bro. You’re right — they’re prob­a­bly the same ass­holes they were. Just look to any tool that is a so-called re­spectable pro­fes­sional now and they are be­hav­ing the ex­act way they did as kids. It just be­comes un­for­tu­nate when they pur­sue sta­tions of great in­flu­ence in our cul­ture with­out de­vel­op­ing past that low char­ac­ter bar. so, go. You might be sur­prised by a turn­around. You may sur­prise your­self. but don’t go with fear or hate in your heart, or they’ve won, way back then. be big­ger. be un­fazed. Let the clothes, shoes and great love or hot date you bring do the talk­ing. Don’t brag. be hum­ble. my favourite state in any sit­u­a­tion? be­mused. Go get ’em, tiger. Zane, out.

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