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What books should every aspiring actor read

What books should every aspiring actor read?

Sanford Meisner on Acting by Sanford MeisnerActing is behaving truthfully under imaginary circumstances sits at the core of one of the acting worlds most renowned masters teachings. Meisners book examines those teachings as they are put into practice with a group of actors; through their progress, readers gain a richer understanding of the art.

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Acting as a Business by Brian ONeilWhen asked what he wished hed known before he started acting, Kal Penn (Deadbeat) told Backstage he wished hed had a better grasp of the business side of things. Knowing about the business of acting and treating it as such from the start of ones career can be advantageous for a young actor looking to make a go of it in the theater, in film, or on television. ONeils book is full of actionable advice including ways to land an agent and how to craft an impressive resume, as well as offering up a breakdown of the different industry customs in New York and Los Angeles.

Acting for Young Actors: The Ultimate Teen Guide by Mary Lou Belli and Dinah LenneyTaking cues from good journalism techniques, this book prompts young thespians to ask themselves the five critical Ws: Who? What? When? Where? Why? Acting for Young Actors encourages an investigation of the self in order to better comprehend an actors place in the audition room, onstage or onscreen, and in rehearsal. The book also offers practical advice about unions, how to find an agent, and audition technique.

Cracking Shakespeare: A Hands-on Guide for Actors and Directors by Kelly HunterA great textbook for any thespian who feels intimidated by Shakespeare, Cracking addresses common concerns like tackling iambic pentameter, how to make the Bards language your own, and how to avoid the Shakespeare voice. The book also comes with accompanying links to videos on Vimeo and is bursting with exercises to successfully help both actors and directors internalize the classics.

Actions: The Actors Thesaurus by Marina Caldarone and Maggie Lloyd-WilliamsGood for auditions, analyzing scripts, and generally learning to express internal thought for an audience, this book helps actors boil down what his or her goals and characters goals are. A well-organized thesaurus, Actions helps put a physical manifestation to an intention in a way thats useful for actors and directors alike.

What books should every aspiring actor read?

You should read any books which your acting school recommends at each stage of your training.
Reading any book about acting, when you're not experienced enough to understand it, or it's not about whatever aspect of acting you're working on, would be a waste of time.
Listen to your tutors - they'll guide you.

If you want to read, read plays and good novels - hundreds of them!

EDIT - You can't teach yourself through books or online. That would be a total waste of time. All you'd do is learn bad habits. You can't just your own progress or lack of progress. Acting HAS to be learned in a class - a group. Acting is all about reacting and interacting with other actors. You can't do that on your own.
If you can't afford classes, you'll have to wait.
But on average it takes seven years of classes - real classes - and stage and film experience before you might be able to get an agent and get any real auditions, so the sooner you get into a class, the better.

What books must every aspiring filmmaker read?

Have a look for Acting in Film by the great Michael Caine. Entirely sensible advice from the actor’s point of view, by someone who really has done it all. Useful tips:

The closer the shot, the less you emote. A big expression looks monstrous in a close-up
Never do your own stunts, even when it’s the last day of shooting and everyone else has gone home and the director entreats you to just do this one move. No, no, no. You’re paid to pretend to be athletic, not to actually be that way.
Show up on time. Everyone on the set will be so surprised and pleased that they will love you forever.

What book(s) should every aspiring physician read?

A good question. I would first recommend several good and diverse books on nutrition. From my experience as a patient and the husband of a family practice physician most physicians receive very little good education on nutrition and the importance of it to general health.

In addition to that I would also recommend the following books which will help round out the aspiring physician’s knowledge of communication, listening, empathy, technology as it relates to medicine.

Lastly, I would recommend a few books on good business. I understand that many physicians are under pressure to comply with regulations on EMR and other issues and to see more and more patients giving each less and less time. Until physicians understand that this is not serving patients well and begin to demand changes patient care will continue to suffer. Focus on doing a better job for fewer patients than trying to cram in more patients in less time.

Many of the books on the list below are not directly about medicine. But, whatever your profession I think you should read books beyond your field. There are insights to be gained from everywhere and making connections will make you a better physician.

Here are some specifics:

How not to Die by Michael Greger

Predictable Irrational by Dan Ariely

To Sell is Human by Dan Pink

Purple Cow by Seth Godin

Nudge by Richard Thaler

The Small Big by Steve J. Martin

Seeing What Others Don’t by Gary Klein

Influence by Robert Cialdini

Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman

The Youngest Science by Lewis Thomas

The Patient Will See You Now by Eric Topol

The Creative Destruction of Medicine by Eric Topol

What books do you suggest an aspiring leader should read?

I really don't like ‘How to’ books. If the title of a book begins with the phrase I'm not likely to read it. However, I read Dale Carnegie's ‘How to win friends and influence people’ it's a great book I think every leader should read.

I favour books with creative twist, books where the author's intent to write an inspirational book is relegated to the background which leaves us with an honest story. An example is ‘Mafia Manager’ by V, which is first on my recommendation list. V was honest to a fault. I choose honesty over the “anyone can do it” philosophy. Another book is Tim LaHaye's ‘Why you act the way you do,’ you have to figure out if leadership is your thing, don't take leadership classes that would make you a Goodluck Jonathan (that's a Nigerian joke for a clueless leader). And lastly, ‘What the dog saw’ and ‘Outliers’ by Malcolm Gladwell.

What books should actors read?

Here are the books that have been most useful to me and the actors I work with:

"A Practical Handbook for the Actor," by by Melissa Bruder and others. It's a distillation and slight adaptation of Stanislavsky's techniques, but I think it's much clearer than anything Stanislavsky ever wrote. And it's really short. It's the "Strunk and White" of acting books.
"Working on the Play and the Role" by Irena Levin, which comes at Stanislavsky from a different (and very useful) angle. Levin suggests that you build a role around the way your character wants to appear to the other characters. For instance, your character might want to be seen as a the boss or as a sexually-attractive person. Levin goes through an entire play, explaining how to apply this technique in every scene.
"Thinking Shakespeare" by Barry Edelstein. This is THE best book on acting in Shakespeare plays.
"The Actor and the Target," by Declan Donnellan, which helps actors externalize their work. Acting tends to be most exciting and believable when the actor is trying to change another person (the target) from his current state to some new state.
"Games People Play" by Eric Berne. This is a psychology book, written in the early 1960s. It's a primer on a mostly forgotten form of psychology called Transactional Analysis (TA). I am not a believer in TA, and I wouldn't use it for dealing with real-life issues. But I think of it as a really fun "toy psychology." Though it wasn't intended for this, it's great for analyzing characters in plays.
"You Just Don't Understand" by Deborah Tannen. A pop psychology book that will help in similar was to the above suggestion.

What articles/books should *every* aspiring scientist read?

Amazon.com: Letters to a Young Scientist (9780871403773): Edward O. Wilson: Books
You and Your Research
Amazon.com: A PhD Is Not Enough!: A Guide to Survival in Science eBook: Peter J. Feibelman: Kindle Store
Amazon.com: Avoid Boring People: Lessons from a Life in Science eBook: James D. Watson: Kindle Store
Advice for new Ph.D. students
Advice to a young (real) biologist: a ten point program
The Psychology of Science and the Origins of the Scientific Mind: Gregory J. Feist: 9780300143270: Amazon.com: Books
Amazon.com: Handbook of the Psychology of Science (9780826106230): Gregory Feist PhD, Michael Gorman PhD: Books
Amazon.com: Scientific Genius: A Psychology of Science (9780521117135): Dean Keith Simonton: Books
Why are scientists so dull? (super-super-controversial, but still interesting)

What books should aspiring dictators read?

Mein  Kampf
Biographies of people like Stalin,Mao and Hitler.And of course the books on which that person's views are based(generally a religious or socio-economic book)

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