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Vancouver acting veteran pens book about his craft

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Vancouver actor Jesse Vint wrote "The Film Actor's Handbook" to teach others about the craft.
Vancouver actor Jesse Vint wrote "The Film Actor's Handbook" to teach others about the craft. Photo Gallery

Vancouver’s Jesse Vint had more than 35 years of experience to draw from when he wrote his first book, “The Film Actor’s Handbook.”

Fans might recognize him from guest-starring roles on TV shows such as “Chips,” “Walking Tall,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Matlock” and “S.W.A.T.”

Most recently, he acted in a faux documentary called “Gloria Jesus.” The film looks at the commercialization of religion, and Vint played an evangelical pastor.

“Working on this film is one of the best times I’ve ever had,” he said.

Vint, who teaches acting classes in Portland, decided to write the book about a year ago after a student suggested the idea.

Vint hopes to give readers a look at what makes an actor successful — and why. But it’s not just for actors.

“It tells you how to find the creative side inside of yourself,” he said. “It tells you how to lay out a plan and go about things, whether it’s music or writing.”

The project came about, he said, after he impressed director Xavier Nellens by doing an impression of an evangelical pastor on the film’s set.

“You never know when that great job, that opportunity, will pop up out of the blue,” he said. “That’s why I advise actors to study and study hard.”

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