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Life in Mid-Shot : A premier acting coach's tools for auditions and self-tapes - Les Chantery

Life in Mid-Shot

A premier acting coach's tools for auditions and self-tapes

By: Les Chantery

Paperback | 3 October 2022

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Demystify the audition process and land your dream role with this revolutionary book on acting!

Actor, Director, and world-renowned acting coach Les Chantery lays out an approach for the auditioning actor that has been heralded as “a revelation and unlike anything I’ve ever read on the topic of acting.” (Matt Skrobalak, Former Senior Vice President of Casting CBS PARAMOUNT). A sure asset for any actor looking to land the part of their dreams.

Life…In A Mid-Shot is the first book of its kind to blend acting with Neuroscience, Psychology and Behavioural Economics. Les Chantery’s approach has helped actors book work on platforms including NETFLIX, HBO MAX, HULU, DISNEY+, MARVEL, PARAMOUNT + and more!

Foreword is written by one of Les Chantery’s students, Jacob Elordi, described by GQ Magazine as “Gen Z’s Leading Man” one of Hollywood’s newest and brightest young stars after his performance on HBO’s hit show EUPHORIA.

A Professor of Acting at the prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Art, and former actor featured alongside multiple high-profile actors, including Vin Diesel, Al Pacino, and Robert De Niro. Les Chantery’s “Life…In A Mid-Shot” is a principle manual for mastering the screen audition :
  • Practical Hacks to Crack the Audition Room
  • How to Own the Room
  • The Science of Acting to Camera
  • Tools to Fill Your Acting Toolbox
  • Brain Hacks to Step Up Your Game
Anecdotes and Insights from Two Decades of Working with Hollywood A-List Actors!

Actors can now source privileged content tried & tested by the Top 2% of Actors in Hollywood. Landing that Film or TV role is only one book away.

About the Author

Les Chantery trained as an actor and now teaches at NIDA, Australia's prestigious and highly competitive National Institute of Dramatic Art (alumni include Cate Blanchett, Baz Luhrmann, and Sarah Snook). Les Chantery holds a Bachelor of Economics from Sydney University. Combining his economics degree with two decades of acting experience, Les has developed a pioneering new approach to screen acting, helping actors in high-stake moments deliver hard-hitting, game-changing auditions. Les can be quoted saying: "I am not an acting coach. I am an actor who coaches."

Les Chantery first got his start in acting opposite Vin Diesel in the cult classic sci-fi hit Pitch Black (2000). Since then, he has worked with Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Nicole Kidman among many others. Les Chantery has helped clients land roles on projects including Euphoria, The Wilds, La Brea, Nine Perfect Strangers, Home and Away, Neighbours, Wentworth, Outlander, Blockers, Thor 2, Lion, The Kissing Booth, and many more. His passion is empowering actors to take charge of their process and career by living with dangerous inspiration. #BeBold #BeDangerous
Industry Reviews

"What I find so compelling about Les's point of view is that it considers the actor as a Human being first. These are valuable tools and principles for success in acting and also in life. A revelation and unlike anything I've read on the topic of acting."

-Matt Skrobalak, Casting and Talent Executive (Former Senior Vice President at CBS Paramount Network TV Casting)


"Les has produced an incredible distillation of ideas and techniques to help an actor take control in a space that often seems arbitrary. This book offers a unique preparation pathway for actors but also insights and a language for those who work with them."

-Nikki Barrett, Casting Director (Mad Max: Fury Road, The Power of the Dog, Hacksaw Ridge)

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