Acting in the Million Dollar Minute deals exclusively with the art of acting in commercials. Updated, revised, and expanded for today’s commercial actor, Tom Logan uses decades of experience to give the commercial actor insight into what happens on set and how a commercial is shot. He includes guidance on how to decipher the meaning behind the commercial script, begin and end each performance, immediately obtain the auditioners' attention, and beat out your competition. In addition, Logan offers direction on "taking the camera" from another actor (i.e., upstaging), working with the product, what separates the actor who got the part from the actors who didn't, and how to give the director a performance he can “cut” in the editing room.
Compiled from thousands of comments from hundreds of casting directors, ad executives, producers, and more, Acting in the Million Dollar Minute provides practical advice from an award-winning director.
Tom Logan is a multi-award-winning director who has written, produced, and directed a long list of TV shows, feature films, and national and international TV commercials. He is the author of the very popular How to Act & Eat at the Same Time: the Do's and Don'ts of Landing a Professional Acting Job and How to Act & Eat at the Same Time: The Sequel. Tom has two sons and lives in Newport Beach, California, and on Lake Coeur d'Alene in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
Acting in the Million Dollar Minute is a valuable guide, written by someone who obviously has been there.
A no-nonsense, practical guide by a director utterly familiar with the medium.
Director Logan covers his subject broadly and realistically with his feet on the chalk marks.
Another catchy title from the prolific Tom Logan, author of How to Act & Eat at the Same Time. This time out, Logan is concentrating on the lucrative field of TV commercials, which he approaches with both realism and humor. ... A no-nonsense look at the commercial business, but [Logan] lightens the mix with a great deal of personal insight and wit.
I read Tom's book How to Act and Eat at the Same Time—a great title, a great book. Now this, his new one. Acting in the Million Dollar Minute. This book probes the tough field of commercials. He takes you from the interview right through to those ear-caressing words ‘cut—print that’s a wrap, folks.’ Tom’s approach focuses directly on your problems and shows you the way out of trouble. He makes the whole thing easier. I wish this book had been around when I started doing commercials. I wouldn't have made all those mistakes. You owe yourself a bonus. This is it! I keep mine as a reference book.
A veritable treasure house of valuable information for aspiring performers—a no-nonsense, practical book spiced with Mr. Logan's delightful wit! Every would-be commercial artist should keep it on hand!