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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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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.

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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!

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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.

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  • Darren S.
  • Chicago, IL United States
  • 09-22-17

A Great Book About Acting, Showbiz and One Actor

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If you are an actor, know an actor or simply have any curiosity whatsoever about actors and showbiz, you should listen to this book! We hear the gritty, nuts and bolts details and VERY funny day to day story of a middle-aged professional who left his life and work in Chicago to make a try in LA, the land where every actor's dreams go to live -- and die.

What did you like best about this story?

Mr. Theis shares all the little details about pursuing an acting career, but makes every moment, even the most soul-crushing and cringe-inducing, interesting and somehow uplifting. You're pulling for him to succeed every step of the way, and whether or not he lands in the highest reaches of the business and becomes a Major Bankable Big Deal Superstar (spoiler alert: he doesn't) doesn't matter. Your journey through his invasion of Nirvana is wonderfully entertaining every step of the way.

What about Kevin Theis’s performance did you like?

There's nothing like hearing Kevin Theis reading the words of Kevin Theis. His style is so engaging and entertaining, you feel like you're listening to a story told to you by one of your actor buddies over a beer. As a long-time professional actor, Theis has a great voice and terrific comic timing. Just sit back and listen -- you're in the hands of a master entertainer.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Though I wasn't able to listen to it all in one sitting, I was certainly inspired to start up again between stops. Theis does a great job of pulling you along from chapter to chapter. Plus you want to hear how his journey ends!

Any additional comments?

An engaging, very entertaining professional actor reading a wonderfully interesting story about a fascinating subject -- a story he lived and wrote about himself. You can't go wrong by listening to this book!

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Chasing Dreams & Sharing Wisdom

There's something wonderful about an author reading his own work, and that certainly holds true for Kevin's travelogue. Equal parts cautionary tale, encouragement, and actor's practical guidebook, his wit, charm and first-hand nowledge of the acting profession shine through. An enjoyable listen for everyone, whether you're looking to get into showbiz, or could use a kick in the pants as motivation to go chase your dream.

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What an amazing journey!

Would you consider the audio edition of Invading Nirvana to be better than the print version?

The audio edition, read by the author, is amazing. By the end of the book, I felt like Kevin and I were old friends.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Invading Nirvana?

Kevin starts going to auditions and is in the room with some of these big names, people who get regular work on TV and Movies and it made me feel a true sense of awe. It really made me feel the magnitude of where he is at that moment.

What about Kevin Theis’s performance did you like?

I love hearing the words in the voice of the author. Kevin's performance was wonderful and truly helped me be a part of his journey.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed out loud many, many times while listening to this book, but Kevin's journey is a roller coaster of emotion and I truly had to hold back tears a few times.

Any additional comments?

This is a great listen. Keving Theis is easy to relate to and he invites you to take a journey that so many of us have dreamed of taking.

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The gift of chasing dreams with all your might

Theis has done something incredible. He has captured with humor the insane hope and heartbreak of abandoning safety and chasing a dream with everything one has to give. Amid the sardonic hilarity is an open soul, putting himself out there for the world. Well worth your time.

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Zaget's guide to an actor's LA

While I've only actually been to Los Angles once, I would take this book over any guide to LA. Mr. Theis' anectdotal accounts of his journey should be the Bible for any actor visiting the city. You would be more than lucky to have a guide like Mr. Theis. He not only shows you the pitfalls of the acting industry, but gives you the history that accompanies it. Kudos the you Mr. Theis. Another phenomenal book.

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Advice from a theatre veteran

I've already recommended to people ithat I actually know!

A must-read for anyone contemplating a move to LA.

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What a great story!

What made the experience of listening to Invading Nirvana the most enjoyable?

I really enjoyed the whole story. From beginning to end, the journey is so vivid that I felt like I was a part of the trip.

What did you like best about this story?

The struggle of an actor in LA trying to find a job is vividly portrayed. It is heartbreaking, but realistic. Excellent and tough part of the book.

Which character – as performed by Kevin Theis – was your favorite?

Kevin, the narrator. By far. His manner of speaking is very easy to listen to. His voice sounds like the thoughts in my head. This makes the journey taken in the story more personal. I feel like I have something at stake. It's amazing!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

If you think Nirvana is a place of peace...think again.

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