Suggested Reading


Parents sometimes ask, after one workshop, "What's next? Is my child ready for an agent? Is he/she ready to audition?" Probably not. After one workshop, very rarely is anyone ready for the professional world. Would you let your child perform on the high beam after one gymnastics class? Definitely not. It can take years to become an actor or at least months to be ready to compete. 

Children do have an advantage, though... "The Fear Factor". As adults, we have had so many "don'ts" thrown at us all of our lives that we are afraid to take a chance. Children haven't had as much time to process "don't". As a rule, they are more able to accept being open and fearless. We, as actors, cannot be afraid to become the character and take on his/her desires, goals, emotions and therefore... make it believable, real. It must be second nature to do all of this in an audition to be cast. 

Agents and casting directors are recommending on-camera study more and more. The experience of being in front of the camera gives confidence so we can walk into that audition and take control of our performance, concentrate, relax and have a great time. Because isn't that what it's all about? Why act if we don't love it? If we know our craft, we can enjoy an audition, the callback and land that big job. Remember... there's always room at the top.

Audition by Michael Shurtleff  

Movement for Actors by Nicole Potter

Sanford Meisner on Acting by Sanford Meisner    

Voice and the Actor by Cicely Berry and Peter Brook

An Actor Prepares by Constantine Stanislavski  

The Use and Training of the Human Voice by Arthur Lessac

The Invisible Actor by Yoshi Oida and Lorna Marshal  

The Actor and the Text by Cicely Berry

Challenge for the Actor by Uta Hagen    

Actors Book of Contemporary Monologues by Nina Shengold

On the Technique of Acting by Michael Chekov    

The Ultimate Scene and Monologue Source Book by Ed Hook

On Acting: Interviews with Actors by Mary Luckhurst  

The Camera Smart Actor by Richard Brestoff

Respect for Acting by Uta Hagen  

The Ultimate Audition Book: 
222 Monologues 2 minutes and under

Acting is Living by Cliff Osmond