In your opinion, what are your top 10 favorite and useful books on acting?
Top 5... sorry!
I don't own enough to be able to pick very selectively for 5 of them, but my favorites so far have been
How to get the pat without falling apart
The everything acting LA guide book (I'm not sure of the exact title the book is still in a box somewhere from my last move)
"It's almost more fun that way, when you've got something to prove" -Taylor Swift
Jon Jory's Tips For Actors and Tips for Actors 2. I have worked with him and he is amazing as a director and these books are great.
A few books that have helped me:
-A Practical Handbook For The Actor
-The Intent To Live
-Sanford Meisner on Acting
-Self Management For Actors
-Acting Is Everything
I will vouch for this. Fantastic book.
Actor's Art and Craft by William Esper is a HELL LOT better!
Act Smart!: Five non-acting books every actor should read
I know, I know, there are only so many hours in a day, and I’m suggesting you spend one of them with your nose in a book that has nothing to do with acting?
Well, yes. Because if you’re not constantly improving your mind along with your instrument, it’s going to get slack, dull and inflexible. And what kind of artist can work with a slack, dull, inflexible brain? (Okay, don’t answer, I’ve seen them, too. You don’t want to be them; you want to be awesome.)
Read on (ha!) as I share the books you should get cracking on now, to keep you at your sharpest.
1. The Creative Habit, by Twyla Tharp
2. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
3. Ignore Everybody (And 39 Other Keys to Creativity), by Hugh MacLeod
4. Trust Agents: Using the Web to Build Influence, Improve Relationships, and Earn Trust, by Chris Brogan and Julien Smith
5. The Power of Less, by Leo Babauta
A few more awesome books:
-An Agent Tells All by Tony Martinez (Amazon e-book edition)
-The Actor Takes A Meeting by Stephen Book
-How To Get The Part Without Falling Apart by Margie Haber
-Acting Qs by Bonnie Gillespie
-An Actor Prepares by Stanislavski
Acting Class: Take a Seat by Milton Katselas
An Actor Prepares by Elizabeth Reynolds Hapgood
Dreams into Action: Getting What You Want! by Milton Katselas
Respect for Acting by Uta Hagen
The Fervent Years: The Group Theatre And The Thirties (Da Capo Paperback) by Harold Clurman
"Acting the first Six lessons"
I agree that Esper's book is a clearer exposition of the first year of Meisner training than the Meisner book. They both piss me off, however, because they only cover the first year and too many people think that is all there is to the technique. There are even acting teachers around that claim to teach it who didn't even get invited into the second year or worse only read the books. There is a series of books by Larry Silverberg called THE SANFORD MEISNER APPROACH that lay out the whole thing that I have heard are pretty good but I can't recommend them since I haven't read them. I just studied it with a qualified teacher. haha
Other good books:
The Actor and the Target - Declan Donnellan
Actions: The Actors' Thesaurus - Marina Caldarone
A Screen Acting Workshop - Mel Churcher
Secrets of Screen Acting - Patrick Tucker
Towards a Poor Theatre - Jerzy Grotowski
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