Monday, March 30, 2015

Better than a Kegger

Back when I was in college, when you wanted to have a party you purchased a keg of beer and some plastic cups, then played LPs until everyone passed out on the sofa. That was fun, but I wanted to host a more grown-up party for the official launch of my book, Act As If: Stumbling Through Hollywood with Headshot in Hand

I kept the invitation list small because my overwhelming wealth is overwhelming in the wrong way, and I thought I couldn't afford to feed a lot of people. It turns out we had plenty. If you want some crappy wine, come on over and sit on the porch with us. We're serving even the Cabernet on ice.

So it's official. Act As If, a humorous look at the life of a journeyman actor in Hollywood (journeyman as in "not famous") is on its way to being what it's going to be.

There were a lot of people to thank, and I'd like to thank them again here:
  • The Pasadena Musem of History, where we were so comfortably accommodated in air-conditioned splendor and where my guests were invited to view the exhibits as a bonus. 
  • Richard Gilbert-Hill, editor of the ActorsInk newsletter at, which spawned my column, Act As If, which spawned the book. Richard is an actor, writer and voice coach. He wrote the book's beautiful foreword.
  • Liz Hanley, theatrical agent at Bicoastal Talent. Liz and I go way back. She makes the book possible as much as Richard does, and she's a character throughout the book.
  • Greta Hanley, commercial agent at Bicoastal Talent. Without commercial auditions, some of the wildest essays would not have been possible.
  • Paula Johnson, who designed the book. The cover is great, the interior is great, and Paula is great.
  • Along with Liz, the book was blurbed by Kat Likkel (writer/producer, My Name is Earl, Galavant), Fran Montano (artistic director, the Actors Workout Studio), Rick Hall (actor, Curb Your Enthusiasm) and Jane Macfie (actor, The Mindy Project). These people took the time to read and comment for the cover.
  • The actors, casting directors, producers and friends who contributed their stories and support. I don't think a book can be made by one person alone.
And John Sandel, my beta reader, editor, co-teacher, husband and friend, without whom nothing is possible.

You can find both Act As If: Stumbling Through Hollywood with Headshot in Hand and Camelot & Vine at Hoopla! in Altadena, Flintridge Bookstore in La Canada, the Pasadena Museum of History gift shop and, soon, Vroman's in Pasadena. If you're far away there's always Amazon, where the book is available in paperback or for your Kindle.


William Kendall said...

It sounds like you enjoyed yourself!

Petrea Burchard said...

I did, William, it was really fun!

Ann Erdman said...

I started it today!

altadenahiker said...

Missed this one, but really enjoyed the reading at Pas Library.

Petrea Burchard said...

I hope you enjoy it, Ann!

Hiker, it was fun having you there.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

I came for the kegger -- but I left with the book.

Petrea Burchard said...

It was fun to see you! I think we'd have enjoyed each other's company at a college kegger, too.

Ms M said...

Oh, congrats to you on what looks like a smashing event! (altho not as smashing as it would be if it WERE a kegger...)
I just finished "Act As If" and very much enjoyed your stories, sense of humor and wisdom. Great read!

Petrea Burchard said...

I'm glad you liked it, Ms M!

Next time I do this, I think I will get a keg and ask everyone to bring a bag of chips.

Shell Sherree said...

Woohoo, congratulations on the official launch, Petrea ! And cabernet on ice sounds perfectly refreshing for spring. I wish I'd been there.

Petrea Burchard said...

I know you're not supposed to drink it that way, but it's not bad!