10 Best Books on Acting and Auditioning

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In this article, I’ll discuss the 10 best books on acting and auditioning that are very important for learning and understanding what acting really is. I will also answer some of the very popular questions that are commonly asked by people in the FAQ section.

“Acting is behaving truthfully under imaginary circumstances.”

Sanford Meisner, American Actor and Acting Teacher

There are some people whose aim is to become an actor or work in cinema since childhood. But they don’t know enough how they can get it. As a result, they have to face failure many times and even many people are not able to achieve it in their life.

To become successful in acting, you should familiar with all the ins and outs of the film industry. But how can you make it possible with little effort? The million-dollar answer is by reading the best books on acting. So, there can arise a question before you that which books should you choose.

Don’t worry, I’m here to help you.

I have mentioned the 10 best books on acting below that need your attention. These books have been written by successful actors, directors, and their coaches. You will get massive value through these books.

Are you excited to know these books?

Okay, let’s start-

List of 10 Best Books on Acting & Auditioning

Self-Management for Actors

AuthorBonnie Gillespie
Publication2014 (4th Edition)
Rating4.8  out of 5

Bonnie’s “Self-Management for Actors” is one of the best books for acting and auditions. This book is well-packed with important information that will help guide you on a daily basis to be a well-prepared and working actor. In addition, it will give you suggestions as to what is going on among the audience and what type of content you need to create.

The Actor’s Art and Craft

AuthorWilliam Esper, Damon DiMarco
Rating4.8 out of 5

William Offer and Damon DiMarco, both authors, looked at the success of many actors and then described through this book what qualities each actor has. This is an engrossing, inspiring, and full of humanity book that really gets to the core essence of acting in a beautiful but easy-to-understand way. Whether you are a total beginner or an experienced actor, I’m sure this book will teach you something.

Intent to Live

AuthorLarry Moss
Rating 4.8 out of 5

Larry Moss’s “The Intent to Live” is a good reference book for art and acting. The author himself has been guiding by Oscar-winning actors Helen Hunt and Hillary Swank. Moss guided them whenever they need his guidance. In this book, the author also describes all the essential qualities that help one become a successful actor.

Respect for Acting

AuthorUta Hagen
Publication2008 (2nd Edition)
Rating 4.7 out of 5

Uta Hagen’s “Respect for Acting” is filled with a lot of great general ideas about theater and acting. It provides very specific actions and exercises to help to aspire, and even experienced, actor to improve their craft. That is the beauty of this book. Moreover, it is a well-written and very engaging book that every actor should read.

Improvisation for the Theatre

AuthorViola Spolin
Rating 4.7 out of 5

Viola Spolin’s book “Improvisation for the Theatre” is considered to be the Bible of acting and theater direction. Moreover, this book is good for TV direction, production, and auditioning. This is a wonderful asset to the acting coach and student alike that is well written and updated with new exercises.

To the Actor

AuthorMichael Chekhov
Rating 4.7 out of 5

Michael Chekhov’s one of the most popular books “To the Actor” is an excellent book for aspiring actors. The content of the book is brilliant. Moreover, in terms of the presentation, the material is nice and soft and the binding is just fine. The book gives insight into how to develop good acting skills in novice actors.

Sanford Meisner on Acting

AuthorSanford Meisner, Dennis Longwell
Publication1987 (1st Edition)
Rating 4.7 out of 5

Sanford Meisner on Acting” is a best-selling book in stagecraft, performing arts, acting, and auditioning on Amazon.  This book should be read by anyone who wants to act or even appreciate what acting involves. The authors have made it very easy to implement on each aspiring actor.

Secrets of Screen Acting

AuthorPatrick Tucker
Rating 4.7 out of 5

If you are serious about a career in the film either in front of or behind the camera; this book must be read by you. “Secrets of Screen Acting” is the best example that tells how the actions should be performed. It also explained how to work with the realities of a shoot and work from there towards the real through this book.


AuthorMichael Shurtleff
Rating 4.7 out of 5

This book is for anyone looking for a book to learn all the in-and-out of auditions for acting roles. As the author himself is a veteran in many auditions, he has beautifully described all the key points that any aspiring actor should have. Apart from this, it is full of many tips that will take your acting career to the next level if you actually execute it in your life.

Actions: The Actors’ Thesaurus

AuthorMarina Caldarone, Maggie Lloyd-Williams
Rating 4.7 out of 5

Actions: The Actors’ Thesaurus” articulates a technique that is pertinent to understanding the actings and the motivations behind communicating the emotion with the text. It is well written and very easy to understand. The author has used very good phrases that make it very interesting.


Every actor must have these the given skills-

  • Communication skills
  • Public Speaking
  • Teamwork
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Leadership
  • Creativity

It is usually called ‘going up’ when the actors or actresses forget their lines.

Acting is a skill that you can polish by practicing. The more you practice, the better your acting will be. Talent is an innate ability. Many actors are born with acting ability. Thus, we can say that acting is primarily a skill, but it is also a talent.

The three most important tools of an actor are-

  • Voice
  • Body
  • Talent

Anyone can become an actor if they really want to. For this, they will have to work hard on their acting skills. They have to improve their communication skills, interpersonal skills, teamwork, public speaking, etc. skills that all actors have.

There is no specific degree for becoming an actor. Even many actors and actresses became stars without getting any formal degree. But there are some degrees that are best for acting-

  • Communication degree
  • Stage management degree
  • Theatre history degree etc.

Initially, the actors did not agree to kiss their co-actors. But as modernity influenced cinema, it became an important part of the film. Now, many actors do not deny kissing. So, technically, they do kiss their co-star.

Both have their own advantages, so it is difficult to say which one is better. But, there are some points that you should keep in mind-

  • It requires a good amount of time to become an actor in comparison to become a model.
  • Generally, models are related to any particular field as a fitness model, dance model, etc. whereas actors can be related to any field.
  • It is usually seen that actors earn more than the models.

Dwayne Johnson aka “The Rock” is considered the richest actor in the world by the report of 2020.

USA, UK Canada is basically well known as the best countries for acting.


You definitely have known the 10 best books on acting that every aspiring or experienced actor must-read. These books will give a glimpse of the world of acting. Now bookmark this page and note down these books so that you will not miss them in the future. After noting down these books, take every book as a given sequence and start studying. When you study these books, you will be able to know almost everything about acting and the cinema world.

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