Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Faces On My Wall Blog Tour - Review, Guest Post & Giveaway

Title: Faces On My Wall
Author: Jesse Wilson
Release Date: January 3, 2014
Publisher: Perfect Mistakes Publishing
Review Copy: From publisher in exchange of honest review
A coming-of-age story and a comedic tour-de-force, meet Jamey Fuller, a cocky California kid who achieves his wildest ambition: admission to The Juilliard School in New York City, the country's most prestigious acting school. Once there, he is sure, he will find fame and glory. He will dance on tables, as in "Fame." He will take his place among the Great Actors of his time, freed from the fear of becoming just like his father, a director of Hollywood TV spots. But the reality proves hilariously brutal, as Jamey grapples with Shakespeare, lust, disillusionment, cut-throat classmates and imperious teachers. FACES ON MY WALL is a privileged glimpse into the bizarre hidden world of an actor's training, a poignant father-and-son story, and the chronicle of a young man's painful gropings toward maturity.
As one who loves the performing arts, this book was right up my alley.

Whoever thinks the road on making it big in showbiz is easy, needs a wake up call. This book was a great look at what it's really like. Jamey's journey of going to Julliard was harsh, fun and sad all at the same time.

I liked Jamey, he's a character that any college guy could most likely relate to. We get a very in-depth look at what classes he takes and his outside of school life is like. He's like anyone else going to college; he parties, has sex, and smokes weed.

What is great about this book is that is not 100% fiction, in fact this is the route the author himself went through. If I was at a big school of any sorts, I'd celebrate that I made it out alive. So props to Jesse!

As a performing arts person myself, I found myself feeling I was in class with him. Though sadly, I had no swords or stage makeup to use. But I understood most of the concepts. What I found just as hard as Jamey and his classmates did, was reading Shakespeare without an accent. Everyone should try this for shits and giggles. It's harder than one thinks.

The story itself is very well written. At the start of the book we have a look at the school itself, and then as the book progresses we see the big picture. The struggle of getting jobs, having no money to pay for the basics, such as food and rent. In the end, Jamey finally finds out what truly matters most to him. So if you love the arts and want to have a virtual experience, or you're just curious as to the life, it's safe to say that this one is definitely one not to miss.

In Faces On My Wall, I attempted to create the ultimate wake-up call for young performing artists embarking upon their careers. For that young actor, musician, or dancer, I wanted to create an accessible novel that was both entertaining, deeply impactful, and informative beyond just the rudimentary “how to” in the business world of the arts. This has to do with this thing called “personal administration.” I wanted the book to delve into the heart of relationship, art and commerce, rejection, authenticity, fear (Creative Risks), and personal integrity, to name just a few of the “big ideas” featured in the novel. 

Faces On My Wall is the adaptation of the touring solo show I perform called “Face the City.” “The City,” of course, is a metaphor for “the life stuff” young art students will inevitably “face” in “the real world.” The “city” can be the literal city like the dog-eat-dog world of New York, LA, or Chicago, or it can be the upcoming audition, the job in-between other jobs, the waiting, or the relationship, or the huge gut-churning creative decisions that can lead to disaster or total triumph by entering the unknown. Both book and show is about facing the music, the dance, the voice, the writing... ultimately, it's about facing... and celebrating... you.  Just as you are. Warts and all. 

 I am a gratefully recovering Juilliard Theatre graduate! One of the biggest take-aways I share with students after reading Faces On My Wall is to “Use It.” My four grueling years at Juilliard was the most pivotal time in my life as a young art student, and it was also the most confusing and challenging time for me, too. I didn't have a clue as I marched towards “the real world.” These challenges became my life work and my greatest source of inspiration. I “used it” and am “using it” everyday with students, turning these challenges into valuable and empowering teaching tools working with arts students of all age groups who struggle (often intensely) with the anxiety of entering the world of the arts and maintaining and cultivating the integrity of their unique voices. My dream for this book and show is to inspire and elevate performing art students' thinking processes, and to help them remove potential obstacles as they prepare to “face the city” after graduation.
Tour Schedule
Monday, March 3rd – A Book and a Latte

Tuesday, March 4th – Eat Sleep Write Podcast
Wednesday, March 5th – Jennifer Tressen
Friday, March 7th – Book Blogger Mom

Monday, March 10th – Once Upon a Twilight
Tuesday, March 11th - Daily Actor
Wednesday, March 12th – Plain Talk Book Marketing
Friday, March 14th – The Real Bookshelves of Room 918

Monday, March 17th –  Heather Reid
Wednesday, March 19th –  Lost in Ever After
Friday, March 21st – My Life in Books

About the Author

Jesse Wilson is a motivational performer, professional speaker, author, teacher, and visual artist. A life-long involvement with theatre and film as both performer and writer began early, growing up in Hollywood, CA. A theatre graduate of The Juilliard School in New York City, Jesse developed material for his one-man shows that have been performed across the country. His solo production, Face the City, written for high school and college audiences, combines visual and animation projections in a multimedia presentation of a young artist's journey to find his voice in the "real world." His children's book The Night the Moon Ate My Room! written and performed for young audiences to experience self-discovery, is created with the support of The Kennedy Center’s Imagination Celebration and Pikes Peak Library District. Integrating the arts and especially the powerful tool of improvisation, a program that Jesse has developed entitled “Making Perfect Mistakes!” helps people (like educators, business owners, at-risk teenagers, and every one else a part of the human race!) overcome the pitfalls of perfectionism that so often hinder the creative mind. Please visit his website at for more information on what Jesse Wilson is doing in the “community at large".

Links: Website - Blog - Twitter - Facebook - Goodreads
Grand prize:
Signed copy of FACES ON MY WALL with $30 Amazon giftcard (US/CA only)
Second prize (5): 
ebook copy of FACES ON MY WALL (international)
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