Every actor needs a solid library of books and scripts to refer to throughout their career. This list in particular is about the business of the business. Each book is meant to bring guidance through this #actorslife, from practical audition advice, to headshots, agents, and mindset. Get ’em for this weekend, make a nice cup of tea, sit in your favorite chair and dive in to these great business of acting books!
A must-read for actors on auditioning. Especially for those in the theater. Michael offers lots of solid technique around auditioning that you probably won’t find even in college acting programs these days. In fact, most schools I know of use this book as their text for improving auditioning. Check it out!
A brilliant book that was originally a text my acting on camera teacher had us read in class. Covers the vast possibilities acting on camera has, from sitcoms to single camera dramas, from how much you should expect to make, to how to make your audition for a particular style of show better. If the first book is geared towards theater acting, this is the perfect complement for on camera actors.
Business of Acting Books
A great business of acting book for your bookshelf and reference. Paul’s got a great sense of the business of the business and shares his take on marketing and making it as an actor. Definitely some smart acting advice in this book.
I’m glad to see there’s an update to this book. I have the 6th edition and would like to get my hands on this one. I was going to say that a lot of the information is good, but outdated (like talking about black and white headshots, which is a long time gone in the industry.) But this along with the first book I mentioned is a great starter kit for understanding some of the practical elements of an acting career. The nuts and bolts, if you will.
While the idea of a “five year plan” might not really make sense as an actor (there are so many variables at play in an acting career) it can be a good exercise to think like that, and this book provides a lot of useful ways to think about your career and yourself in that career. Make sure to check it out.
Brian’s a great acting coach and all around knowledgeable man in the industry. He has great info on resumes, unions and agents. Also he’s great for getting a behind the scenes knowledge of how the acting industry works in New York City and Los Angeles.
Business of Acting Books Conclusion
Well I hope you will check these out and add them to your library of acting books because they each offer their own take on the industry and it’s well worth the investment to yourself and career to read up as much as you can.
If you have any of your own must-reads for acting books be sure to leave a comment!