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Have you heard of the book “Acting for Dummies”? Anyone who’s tried or, at the very least, dabbled in acting, knows there is very little truth to that title. Acting is not for stupid people. Aside from natural talent, it requires real education to act naturally in front of a camera or an audience.
An aspiring or working actor can be taught a myriad of techniques depending on their style of acting. This mix of approaches is what’s reflected in my reading list of best books on acting. My roundup includes books that anyone who’s just beginning their acting career should swear by, as well as other printed works that offer insights on the different acting methods.
To effectively hone your craft, you need to have respect for acting. This is what allows you to develop that connection with your character, your fellow actors, and the audience. You want to get yourself into that headspace that stimulates imagination and creativity and prepares you for a performance. At times, you’ll also need to improvise and act from your heart during a performance, which is known as truthful acting.
I’ve always believed that the beauty of acting lies in its ability to help you acknowledge other “truths” that exist in the world. For actors, there’s a sort of magic that takes place whenever they go into character and live the life of that character.
The process is different for everyone, and, for some, it’s not as easy to get out of their character’s head. A series of exercises presented by some of the books on my list should help you circumvent these obstacles.
The same books that help actors can also help entrepreneurs. After all, you’re also putting in a performance everytime you “sell” your company to someone.
So, whether you’re planning to make a career out of acting or dipping your toes into it from time to time, you’ll find many of the books on my list to be excellent guides.
Schwarzenegger's autobiography is, first and foremost, a really really great rags-to-riches story. But it's true. And it's surprising: he didn't make his first million dollars by acting. And it's inspiring: he goes a little into how one should think, when pursuing a particular goal. And, lastly, it's very well written. It'll completely redefine your idea of the man. And it may give you a glimpse into how you might better sculpt your idea of you.