3 Books Every Actor Should Have

Is your bookshelf looking a little empty? Have you been craving new perspective? Are you ready to get educated as an actor? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you are in for a treat. Today, ClaimFame details the 3 books every actor should have in their personal library. By expanding your knowledge you are opening up yourself to a new skill set and a major creativity boost. Here are are top 3!

1. “Audition” by Michael Shurtleff

This book is the perfect starting place for those in the beginning stages of their acting career. An all encompassing look at the craft, “Audition” prepares you to wow casting directors. Shurtleff outlines 12 guideposts to help develop your technique and identity as an actor. If an acting “bible” is what you need in your collection, look no further than “Audition”.

– Michael Shurtleff 12 Guideposts

2. “Improvisation for the Theatre” by Viola Spolin

Viola Spolin is the mother of improv and developed a series of exercises and games to boost an actor’s creativity. This book is perfect for those breaking into acting as you can practice and play at home, with friends, or with your acting troupe. Second City is known for using Spolin’s methods. Maybe after reading this book you will follow in the footsteps of Second City alums; Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Steve Carell!

 3. “The Art of Acting” by Stella Adler

Arguably one of the most well know acting teachers, “The Art of Acting” is a reconstruction of tapes, transcripts and notebooks taken from Stella Adler‘s many workshops. This acting course, in 22 lessons, is one of the best on technique as she coached some of the Hollywood greats including; Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro and Warren Beatty. If you want to be the best you must learn from the best. Pick up Stella Adler’s book today!

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O'Brien.m.25.2Mason O’Brien is the owner and operator of Bluprint coaching, a life coaching service based out of Los Angeles. Mason, “The Practical Coach”, works one-on-one with clients during periods of transition to design the next and best phase of their life! For more details visit Mason has worked in casting for years and is the perfect voice to coach our audience of actors. 

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