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The Long Road to Overnight Success - Shane Jacobson

The Long Road to Overnight Success

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After the film 'Kenny' catapulted him to national and international fame, actor, writer, producer Shane Jacobson was told by people that he had a talent for acting. Which was great news as he'd been on the stage since the age of ten.
Working in musical theatre, stand up comedy, radio, ads, and the occasional Boy Scout review, Jacobson had been in the spotlight and behind the scenes, he had learned how to make people laugh and how to move them and he had felt the allure of the spotlight. He knew this was what he wanted to do, but it would take him years to get there in between his many (very) odd jobs.

Success, when it came, was sweet, but so was getting there. Here Jacobson tells the story of his life in the droll, hilarious way which made him so appealing in Kenny and in films like Charlie and Boots. From a childhood spent among loving but stage-hungry 'carnies' to an adulthood spent travelling, falling in love, learning to drive every vehicle ever made and generally distracting himself from a serious career path, this is a charming, truly Australian memoir.

About the Author

Shane Jacobson is an Australian actor, director, writer, and comedian, best known for his performance as the eponymous character Kenny Smyth in the 2006 film Kenny. In 2006, he won the Australian Film Institute's Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for that performance.

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Good actor...average author!

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    This was a book club choice but no one liked it. Poor editing, rambling style. Appreciated the love he has for family & friends but it's just so repetitive.

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    Witty and down to earth

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    • Easy To Read
    • Engaging characters
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      Inciteful, witty and down to earth. Learn a lot about Shane and his life getting to his goal in a very round about fashion

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      3.0

      Not just 'Kenny' but a good guy

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      from melbourne

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        A memoir of a genuinely nice guy through his trials and tribulations. Easy to read and nothing too heavy. Excellent holiday reading

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            This book was probably written for his family's benefit.

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            good read

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            A long way to the top

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            ISBN: 9780733330926
            ISBN-10: 0733330924
            Audience: General
            Format: Paperback
            Language: English
            Number Of Pages: 320
            Published: 1st August 2013
            Publisher: ABC Books
            Country of Publication: AU
            Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.3  x 2.4
            Weight (kg): 0.46