Acting books can help give current and aspiring actors/actresses tips and tricks on how to promote themselves, refine their acting techniques, as well as auditioning tips and other skills essential to being successful. Here is a list of books that every actor should read.
1.Acting As A Business by Brian O’Neil
This book is great for learning how to promote yourself in the business so you stand out from the crowd. Giving tips on how to self-market as well as finding an agent who will represent you, this book provides insight into the business side of acting. It outlines how to write a great resume, strategies for finding work, getting an agent, and show business trends. It is constantly being updated every few years with new editions to adapt to the ever changing technology and culture in the acting world.
2. How To Get The Part Without Falling Apart by Margie Haber
Getting the audition is just one hurdle – now you have to master the audition. No matter how seasoned you are butterflies still get in your stomach and you will still fumble over words and scripts, especially when you have never seen it before. This book gives a 10-step technique on how to break down the script so you don’t falter during the audition. The book includes tips from industry professionals as well as experiences from current stars.
3. Audition by Michael Shurtleff
This books gives insight into what the casting director looks for when auditions are going on. It is a 12-step guide on how to master the audition, callbacks, and anything else that is thrown at them during the process. These steps will help aspiring actors nail their auditions every time.
4. Sanford Meisner on Acting by Sanford Meisner
Sanford Meisner’s technique is among the top most practiced techniques other than Method. But no matter which technique you practice this book offers insights and training techniques to help you develop your skills. This book develops the actor externally and helps them get out of their heads and instinctively embrace their role.
5. An Actor Prepares by Constantine Stanislavski
Stanislavski is considered the most influential person on realistic acting. Not a single actor is said to be uninfluenced by him. This book has laid the groundwork for acting today and is “method acting.” It includes a variety of exercises and techniques to encourage imaginative and emotional performances.
These are just a few of the many books that current and aspiring actors should read in order to gain insights on techniques, tips, marketing themselves, and acing auditions.