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Thursday, April 30, 2015

A PARTIAL LITERATURE LIST FOR ACTORS


There are a tremendous number of books on the industry. These are older texts which remain solid and should be available at low or no cost through libraries or the Internet. Feel free to submit current books or books you recommend to SAG Actor at nevadasag@me.com

BOOKS ON CAMERA / STAGE ACTING TECHNIQUES, YOUR CAREER &
THE BUSINESS, AND RELATED TOPICS

Primary

AUDITION, Michael Shurtleft, Pub. 1978
    Basics of auditioning for theater, contains many good techniques for study
YOUR FILM ACTING CAREER, M.K. Lewis & Rosemary Lewis, Pub. 1983
    Basics of the industry
HOW TO ACT AND EAT AT THE SAME TIME: THE BUSINESS OF LANDING 
    A PROFESSIONAL ACTING JOB Tom Logan, Pub. 1982
    The basics of photos, resumes, getting the audition, landing the part
THE STANISLAVSKI SYSTEM, THE PROFESSIONAL TRAINING OF AN
    ACTOR, Sonia Moore, Pub. 1960.  Guide to one acting system.

Click on "read more" below to continue and find other sources and directions.

Directories

THE LOS ANGELES AGENT BOOK, K. Callan,  Pub.1995 (5th ed.)
    Tips on agents, interviews and a list of select agencies, their agents and clients. 
CASTING BY…A DIRECTORY OF THE CASTING SOCIETY OF AMERICA, 
ITS MEMBERS AND THEIR CREDITS,  1998. Breakdown Services. An expanded list of CSA casting directors, their credits, contact address and phone numbers. 
Lists are also available from Billboard Publishing (Hollywood Reporter/ 
     Back Stage West), the Breakdown Services (The Link), the Screen Actors Guild, 
     The Directors Guild of America, the Writers Guild West and other sources.


The Trade Publications

HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, a daily professional newspaper in magazine format, published five days a week. Also available is the International Edition, printed weekly, which includes projects in development and production. Special magazine issues are also printed.
DAILY VARIETY, the dominant daily professional newspaper in magazine format, also with a weekly production directory issue and special magazine issues.
BACKSTAGE WEST/ DRAMALOGUE, a weekly tabloid newspaper for actors, which includes limited casting notices, interviews with casting directors, agents, actors and other useful information and directories.
CALL SHEET / BACKSTAGE, a directory of various industry sources and activitis 
LOS ANGELES TIMES, the newspaper of record for Los Angeles and Southern California, which is the primary “industry town” in the United States. CALANDAR and BUSINESS sections are most useful. Daily is best, but the Sunday edition can provide valuable industry information.

Las Vegas Publications

CITY LIFE, a Las Vegas alternative weekly free tabloid that provides occasional casting notices, creative community news and directories.
LAS VEGAS WEEKLY, formerly IN MUSIC, is also a Las Vegas based alternative weekly, providing detailed events lists, including occasional audition notices.
NEON, Friday arts and entertainment insert in the Las Vegas Review Journal.
CASTINGCALLENTERTAINMENT.COM /CASTING CALL / DIRT ALERT, a publication distributed primarily back stage at Las Vegas Showrooms and rehearsal halls containing interviews, classfied and audition notices for portions of the industry.
LAS VEGAS REVIEW JOURNAL, the daily newspaper in Las Vegas. Pay attention to ABOUT TOWN, SHOOTING STAR columns and NEON sections for occasional industry and audition news.
LAS VEGAS SUN, the afternoon daily newspaper, usually containing larger arts content than the other daily newspaper.

Acting Systems or Guides
ACTING AND THEATRE, Cheryl Evans, Lucy Smith,  Pub. 1992
ACTING FOR THE CAMERA, Tony Barr, Eric Stephan Kline, Pub. May 1997
ACTING GAMES: IMPROVISATIONS AND EXERCISES, Marshall Cassady, 
     Theodore O. Zapel, Pub. Sept. 1993
ACTING IS EVERYTHING: AN ACTOR’S GUIDEBOOK FOR A SUCCESSFUL
     CAREER IN LOS ANGELES, Judy Kerr, Pub. Oct. 1996
ACTING IN FILM: AN ACTOR’S TAKE ON MOVIEMAKING, Michael Caine, Pub. 
      March 1997
ACTING IN TELEVISION COMMERCIALS FOR FUN AND PROFIT, Squire Fidell, 
       Barry Geller, Pub. March 1995
ACTING PROFESSIONALLY: RAW FACTS ABOUT CAREERS IN ACTING, 
        Robert Cohen, Pub. July 1997
ACTING: THE FIRST SIX LESSONS, Richard Boleslavksy, Pub. June 1972
ACTING A TO Z: THE YOUNG PERSON’S GUIDE TO A STAGE OR SCREEN 
        CAREER, Kathyrn Mayfield, Pub. Oct. 1998
ACTING: IMAGING AND THE UNCONSCIOUS, Eric Morris, Pub. July 1998
ACTING IN COMMERCIALS: A GUIDE TO AUDITIONING AND PERFORMING 
        ON CAMERA
ACTING AS A BUSINESS: STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS, Brian O”Neil, Pub. March 
         1993
ACTING NATURAL: MONOLOGUES, DIALOGS AND PLAYLETS FOR TEENS,
          Peg Kehret, Arthur L. Zapel, Pub. Aug. 1992
ACTING IS BELIEVING: A BASIC METHOD, Charles J. McGaw, Larry D. Clark, 
          Pub. April 1998
ACTING NOW: CONVERSATIONS ON CRAFT AND CAREER, Edward Vilga, 
           Pub. July 1997
ACTING IN INDUSTRIALS: THE BUSINESS OF ACTING  FOR BUSINESS, 
           William Paul Steele, Pub. June 1994
ACTING FOR FILMS AND TV, Leslie Abbott, Pub. June 1993
ACTING IN PRIME TIME: A GUIDE TO BREAKING INTO SHOW BUSINESS AS A
             MATURE ACTOR, Terry Chayefksy, Pub. Jan. 1997
ACTING AND PERFORMING, Hayes Gordon, Pub. Jan. 1993
ACTING CAREERS, Dick Moore, Pub. October 1998
ACTING IN THE CINEMA, James Naremore, Pub. Nov. 1990
ACTING, Jac Greenspon, Pub. March 1996
ACTING, THE CREATIVE PROCESS, Hardie Albright, Pub. March 1991
ACTING=LIFE; AN ACTOR’S LIFE LESSONS, Michael Kearns, Pub. June 1996
ACTING AS READING: THE PLACE OF THE READING PROCESS IN THE 
          ACTOR’S WORK, David Cole, Pub. Nov. 1992
ACTING PRIMER: A COURSE IN MAKING CHOICES, Lynda Belt, Pub. June 1993
THE AUDITION BOOK, Winning Strategies for Breaking into Theater, Film
     and Television, Ed Hooks, Back Stage, 1996.
A PRACTICAL HANDBOOK FOR THE ACTOR, Bruder, Cohn, Olnek, Pollack,
    Previto, Zigler, Mamet, Vintage Books, 1986. Basics of auditioning for theater.


Industry Basics

FRAME-BY-FRAME: A HANDBOOK FOR CREATIVE FILMMAKING,
    Eric Sherman, Pub. 1987.  Basic terms and techniques of the industry.
HOW TO SELL YOUR SCREENPLAY: THE REAL RULES OF 
     FILM AND TELEVISION, Carl Sautter, 1988. Understanding the production
     forms and how they effect actors, writers and directors.
TELEVISION WRITING: FROM CONCEPT TO CONTRACT, Richard A. Blum, 
    Pub. 1984. Understanding the script and how to interpret it from both sides 
    of the camera. 

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