Whether you are a Beginner or Seasoned, you honestly can't go wrong with reading up on the best insider tips from those who have been working in the industry for a VERY long time.
I personally like to read from successful well-known actors like Michael Caine, who happens to be on this list. There is alot of great advice on how to start and some of which is in one of my latest posts.
Keep in mind books don't teach you how to act, that's something you learn to nurture through YEARS of continusly training, and working.
" It takes twenty years to become an actor"- Sanford Meisner
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It's not enough to just read articles on the internet, or to just read these books to be successful but they are all very insightful and helpful in guiding you on the right path to your success.
I highly recommend this to all NEW and VETERAN Actors. This prepares us all for the business side of things. Obviously, alot of us have already decided to make a career of it but if we don't know how to manage ourselves we can end up making some very expensive mistakes.
Gillespie explains the importantance of knowing and growing your brand. Being able to find what makes you marketable and finding who will be willing to invest in you. Perhaps, contemplating the big move to L:A or NY? Gillespie won't steer you wrong.
My absolute favorite part is that she does also offer Courses, Coaching, and other great resources to those who are wanting to take their career to the next level.
Check out her website here
3. The Sanford Meisner Approach
If you have been in the business for awhile, you should definitely be aware of the different techniques being brought up and taught in intensive trainings and classes.
The "Meisner Technique" is the most widely respected and more appealing technique because it trains actors to act and appear realistically to every "imaginary" circumstance. The class itself actually takes two years to complete and requires 100% commitment and focus. That being said, it's not a technique that fits every actor but should atleast be on the reading list.
One of my particular favorites from none other than Michael Caine. For all aspiring actors, this should definitely be a must-have on your list. You will also enjoy the video link below that I found on Youtube. Granted this footage dates back to the late 80's but it's still very informative on what to expect when you work on a film set. Those of theatre experience that are wanting to venture into the film world can also benefit as theatre and film are totally different beasts.
Youtube Video Link provided here
6. The Art of Acting by Howard Kissel
Stella Adler has been argued to be the most important acting teacher offering her knowledge and experience to the likes of Marlon Brando, Warren Beatty, and Robert Deniro. She also joined forces alongside Sanford Meisner and Lee Strasberg to establish the Group Theatre in 1931.
Even though her technique is alot like Meisner's as they both break away from the whole "relive your painful experiences" aspect of method acting, it is more for the creative minds who want to break free from some limitations that other techniques lay out.