Faculty Author’s New Book to Offer Roadmap to Successful Acting Careers

Ken Womble's book on acting is due out later this year.

An accomplished actor and faculty member in the University of Northern Colorado's theatre program interviews 12 award-winning actors in an upcoming book that sheds light on what makes actors successful.

Inside Act: How Twelve Actors Made It and How You Can Too by Ken Womble documents the experiences of the working actors by exploring the choices they made at critical moments in their careers and how those choices led to substantial results.

"The inspiration for the book arises from my work with aspiring professional actors," Womble said. "I've seen there is a chasm between learning how to act and becoming a successful actor, which many talented actors are never able to bridge. That is what this book will do."

The book will include interviews with each actor's "success team," their agents, managers, directors and teachers, to get their perspective on each actor. Each chapter will conclude with an analysis of the keys to each actor's success. The book's final chapter will compare the stories and note the results of each actor to create a master list of keys that every successful actor shares.

Womble teaches acting at UNC, one of the country's top professional actor training programs — with six grads recently on Broadway, dozens more working in film and TV and one-third of graduating actors placed with talent agencies the past three years.

Inside Act will be published by Hansen Publishing Group in late 2013.

Actors interviewed to date include Debra Monk, Richard Portnow, John Tartaglia, Krysta Rodriguez, Robert Clohessy, Gary Beach, Eric Ladin, Tony Yazbeck, James Earl and Jose Llana. Success team members include Jon Jory, Meg Mortimer, Bonnie Monte, Lori Swift, Walt Witcover, Steven Unger, Michael Einfeld, Patrick Welborn, and Penny Luedtke.

For more information on Womble, visit www.arts.unco.edu/pva/faculty/bios/womble.html.