Written By: Alan Arkin

Narrated By: Alan Arkin

Date: March 2011

Duration: 4 hours 16 minutes

Summary:

In this insightful memoir, Oscar-winning actor Alan Arkin reflects back on finding his place as an actor and what theater—specifically the improvisational sort—has taught him about the craft and life.
Alan Arkin knew he was going to be an actor from the age of five. From this early age, he recognized that “every film I saw, every play, every piece of music fed an unquenchable need to turn myself into something other than what I was.” An Improvised Life is Arkin’s wise and unpretentious recollection of the process, artistic and personal, of becoming an actor and a revealing look into the creative mind of one of the best practitioners on the stage and screen. Arkin, in a manner that is direct, down-to-earth, accessible, and articulate, reveals not just insights about himself but truths for the rest of us about our sense of self, our work, and our relationships with others.

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  • Anonymous

    This was amazing and inspiring for me. Alan arkin voice is very calming, i could listen to this even more than i already have! I don't do anything form of art but i use to draw, I gave up on that because i wasn't good at it but after listening to Alan Arkin i am now more inspired to not give up on life. I will pick up drawing again and i won't give up eazy this time. The fact that he knew what he wanted to do since 5 and sticks to it that amazed me, he never gave up, he is strong, smart and kind very inspiring man. I am 18 now and i already giving up on life but he never did he is 87 now and he is still strong and healthy that is also very inspiring to me. I go through something right now and I am glad I found him to inspiring me. I know he won't see this but i just wanted to put it out there for the universe to know

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