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An Improvised Life

Why Alan Arkin loves pretending to be human

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Academy Award–winner Alan Arkin's musing on the creative process

Do you remember when you first decided what you wanted to do with your life? If not, don’t be alarmed, most people don’t; but Alan Arkin discloses the very moment he decided to be an actor in his book, An Improvised Life. From that moment Arkin devoted his life to his profession and doing what he called “pretending to be a human being.” His memoir is a beautiful artistry of his life and career as a film actor, director and even as a teacher of many improv workshops.

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