A Celebration of America's Undiscovered Talent
Publication Date: October 28, 2008
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Holy Headshot! is an amazing collection of the funniest, strangest, most captivating performers' headshots and resumes you have ever seen. The book throws open the door to the casting director's office and gives an entertaining peek into the amazing -- and sometimes bizarre -- world of show business. Authors Patrick Borelli and Douglas Gorenstein pored over 50,000 headshots to put together this remarkable gallery, which showcases everyone from aspiring amateurs who are striving to live out their Hollywood dreams to seasoned professionals that you might recognize from the big screen. A celebration of our national obsession with getting famous, Holy Headshot! offers up plenty of "What were they thinking!?" hilarity, but just as often you'll find yourself rooting for the characters that populate its pages.
"Not since the young Norman Mailer returned from World War II and penned The Naked and the Dead has a first book delivered such a powerful portrayal of bravery in the face of unimaginable horrors. A profound and disturbing insight into the human condition, and a clarion call for reason in our troubled culture. Borelli and Gorenstein may be the next titans of American letters." -- Todd Hanson, writer and editor, The Onion, America's Finest News Source
"This is a strange and beautiful gallery of brave dreamers; their pictures are like the illustrations in a dictionary in which every entry is "HOPE." And even when the wardrobe is very bad, or the facial hair regrettable, or the poses inexplicable, these people deserve your appreciation and applause." -- John Hodgman, author of The Areas of My Expertise and contributor to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
"Why must we laugh at others in order to feel better about ourselves? Oh, right -- because it's fun. Enjoy this fun book!" -- Triumph, The Insult Comic Dog
"This book is amazing. I can't believe how many people I know in here. You'd expect a few because of my connections to the Wiccan community and my early forays into puppetry and competitive snake breeding, but still I was shocked at how many people I recognized. I found a ton of ex-girlfriends, one roommate, some former collaborators, and even my third grade teacher -- who knew she had a tattoo there?" -- Matthew Diffee, New Yorker cartoonist
"In acting, the Meisner Technique is based on living truthfully under imaginary circumstances -- what Meisner neglected to say is that there are some imaginations that just shouldn't be tapped. Holy Headshot! tapped and bottled it!" -- Karith Foster, Imus in the Morning
"Holy Headshot! only increased my appreciation for such actors as Pete Traina (Angry Man in Balcony in The Last Dragon) and Dale Greeber (Angry Farmer in the industrial film Pork: Know the Dangers). It also made me destroy every headshot of me in existence." -- Andy Borowitz, The Borowitz Report
"Flawless skin and a winning smile? BORING! Tall, dark, and handsome? NEXT! As a casting professional, one of my greatest workplace joys is to come across the kind of headshot gems found in Holy Headshot! Now you, too, can experience the magic! Welcome to my world, World!" -- Anne Harris, Comedy Central Talent Executive
"I cried myself awake after reading this book. Truly amazing headshots." -- Cecelia Pleva, Late Night with Conan O'Brien Casting Director
"Holy Headshot! has earned a rightful spot in my vast, temperature-controlled library of leather-bound classics. I cannot wait for the audio version!" -- Jimmy Fallon
"There has never been a good headshot of Human Giant. Look at this dumbass picture of us on a bike. It sucks. It's not cool to laugh at other people's crappy headshots. Not cool at all." -- Human Giant, MTV