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Invading Nirvana Audiobook

Invading Nirvana: A Chicagoan in the City of Angels

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Publisher's Summary

Chicago theater veteran Kevin Theis, co-author of the cult classic Confessions of a Transylvanian: a Story of Sex, Drugs and Rocky Horror presents: Invading Nirvana: a Chicagoan in the City of Angels the story of one actor's quixotic odyssey into the heart of the entertainment industry: Hollywood, California.

From the early preparations for his trip to La La Land to his search for representation, his encounters with the famous (and soon-to-be famous) as well as his deep-dive exploration of this unique and fascinating city, Invading Nirvana is a must-listen for anyone considering moving to L.A. to pursue a dream of breaking into show business.

The author is both candid and unsparing in his description of the industry, the city of Los Angeles, and the challenges of being a performer in Hollywood looking for work. Casting agents, pay-to-meet workshops, the comedy club scene, film and TV auditions, as well as a peek inside the audiobook world; every aspect of the entertainment industry is thoroughly examined in this hilarious and comprehensive look at life as a professional actor in Hollywood.

©2017 Kevin Theis (P)2017 Fort Raphael Publishing Company

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    Michael F. Rocco Chicago, IL United States 08-26-17
    Michael F. Rocco Chicago, IL United States 08-26-17
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    "A fun look at a man taking his shot in tinsel town"

    Mr. Theis has an engaging style. I found this to be funny, and inspiring. Taking a chance at living one's dreams is something many of us don't do. I applaud his drive.

    I have downloaded several books of his now, and I recommend him to anyone.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Terry 09-08-17
    Terry 09-08-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Fantastic, realistic view of life in LA"
    If you could sum up Invading Nirvana in three words, what would they be?

    I loved this book. As a Chicagoan who lives in LA I loved following Kevin's adventure. It's a funny, realistic view of trying to make it in LA. Really fun listen!


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    IndiaC 09-07-17
    IndiaC 09-07-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Hi-diddle-dee-dee, an actor’s life for he"

    At 50, would you pack a bag and chase a dream? Kevin Theis did, and wrote about it in this thoroughly enjoyable book. After three decades in Chicago, with a career most actors would envy, he collected his family’s blessing, a home equity loan, and more optimism than would fit in an overhead compartment and headed to L.A. for pilot season. Part travelogue, part career primer, part journal (I’m live-blogging my midlife crisis, he tells us), Invading Nirvana is a smart, funny album of verbal snapshots read with energy and heart. I was sorry to come to the end.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    etkpdx 10-18-17
    etkpdx 10-18-17
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    "Entertaining view of LA"

    Even if you are not an actor, this is an entertaining look at how the industry really works for actors trying to break in.

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    Susan Joslyn 10-13-17
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    "DON'T MISS THIS - for so many different reasons."

    This book, entertainingly written and narrated, is really many books.

    If you read to be entertained, you won't be disappointed. Seek inspiration? You'll find it here. For creatives, already in LA or contemplating it, this is a guide book. The voyeur gets an intimate view of the artist, the historian revels in fascinating snippets about Los Angeles. It's a travelogue of where to run and where to eat, along with what museums, graveyards and theatres to visit. Always with the narrative of taking that chance, going for your dream while remaining grounded in reason and gratitude, focused on family and friends.

    I've rarely enjoyed an audio book as much as I enjoyed this one.

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    William Watts 10-09-17
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    "Another Great Story"

    After listening to Kevin's first book I had to check this one out as well and I was not disappointed. he's a great storyteller and I will anxiously be awaiting his next book.

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    lindseyp 10-07-17
    lindseyp 10-07-17
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    "a 360 view of Los Angeles"

    as a chicagoan who has just arrived in LA, i found myself nodding/railing/laughing along with kevin and his experience here. whether you’re an actor making the “go west or no” decisions, or just someone who enjoys excellent storytelling, i highly recommend this book. thanks, kevin, for lending your voice to accompany me on hikes and long drives. Invading Nirvana has been a loyal companion and i was sad when it ended!

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    David R. 09-30-17
    David R. 09-30-17
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    "Not your typical fish out of water tale"

    Like Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, which is but isn't about maintaining a motorcycle, one may think this is an inside baseball view of an actor making the big move to LA to become a star. It transcends that idea and become a humorous look at the character, the author himself, as he builds upon a dream and takes a huge leap into the unknown. It becomes a life lesson for taking the road less travelled. Brave and inspiring.

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    "Highly Entertaining!"

    If you've ever wanted to take a huge chance and change your life but we're too chicken, indulge in Theis's funny, daring, incredibly entertaining tale of a fish out of water who finds the water warmer in California than he, or you, may ever have expected is great fun. His greatest strength is his self-deprecating humor mixed with his knowledge that he's pretty damn good at what he does. Ya gotta hear this one. Highly recommended.

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    Richard Gilbert 09-24-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Hilarious and touching adventures in LA"

    The two cities are almost like characters themselves, because the author really takes the time to give them their personalities. And Theis' delivery and timing are outstanding.

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