HOW TO SUCCEED IN SHOW BUSINESS
BY REALLY, REALLY TRYING!

 

GUIDANCE and INSIGHTS
for
ASPIRING SINGERS, ACTORS and DANCERS

 

AN APPRENTICESHIP OF THE MIND

 

With
Dr. John McDonnell Tierney, PhD

 

 

TOPICS

[To be read in no particular order.]

 

This Is Not Your Typical “How To Succeed” Book

The Possible Dream

Teachers, Students, Mentors and Protégés

A Little History

Turtles All The Way Down

Experts and Expertise

An Apprenticeship Of The Mind

Words

No Business Like Show Business

Show Business Is A Business!

Perspiration and Inspiration

Goals and Intentions

What We All Want

Consistency and Novelty

The Man Who Made Me Cry

Who We Are and Who We Are Not

Identity

Nature vs Nurture

The Brain You Live In

The Body That Your Brain Lives In

The Big Fat Lie

Chops

Singers vs Musicians

The Three P’s: Performance, Perception and Persistence

Performance

Evaluating Your Performance

Perception

The Eye Of The Beholder

Do’s and Don’ts

Persistence

Exit Music

 

 

This book is different! Most “How to Succeed” books tell you that you can and will succeed if only you believe in yourself and never give up pursuing your impossible dreams, you know the song!

 

This is my quest, to follow that star,
No matter how hopeless, no matter how far.”

from "The Impossible Dream" by Mitch Leigh


(Look up the definition of “impossible.”)
 

This book is about The Possible Dream. It challenges you to honestly evaluate whether “success in show business" is, in fact, really, really “possible’ for the person you are, the brain that you have, and the body you live in.  It will neither encourage nor discourage you to “follow that star,” it will simply provide some insight into what it takes to make the journey.

 

 

AN APPRENTICESHIP OF THE MIND

In this “Apprenticeship of the Mind” you will have the opportunity to learn the problem-solving processes that this expert (that’d be me!) uses to handle the complex tasks associated with  professional practice in the performing arts, specifically my professional practices as I carry on the business of a composer, a playwright, and a theatrical producer with an Off-Broadway track record, and especially the language (the words) I use to talk and think about my work. 

 

 

HOW TO SUCCEED IN SHOW BUSINESS BY REALLY, REALLY TRYING!
GUIDANCE and INSIGHTS for ASPIRING SINGERS, ACTORS and DANCERS
AN APPRENTICESHIP OF THE MIND with Dr. John McDonnell Tierney, PhD

Climbing the metaphorical “ladder of success” in show business has been compared to climbing Mt. Everest. It is unnecessary to explain why that climbing that iconic peak is a hugely difficult proposition and not for the faint of heart. That said, there are, in fact, many who have ascended to the summit of the actual mountain and of their personal “Mt. Everest” as well. They achieved their possible dreams; they have made a living and a life in show biz “...singin’ and dancin ’in the rain!”
Hey, maybe you can too! Then again, maybe not.

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