FWAS Reading List

Make it your goal to (eventually) read the following books.  I have found them each to be quite helpful in my journey.

Actors & Instructors on Acting:

“Acting for the Camera” – by Tony Barr

“Stuck on a Ferris Wheel” – by Abbie Cobb

“Sanford Meisner on Acting”  – by Sanford Meisner and  Dennis Longwell

“An Actor Prepares” – Constantin Stanislavski

“The Stanislavsky SYSTEM” – by Sonia Moore

“Acting in Film” – by Michael Caine

“Film Technique, and Film Acting” – by V.I. Pudovkin

“Audition for your career, not the job:  Mastering the on-camera audition” – by Tim Phillips

“Respect for Acting” – Uta Hagen

“Improvisation for the theatre” – Viola Spolin

“Actions: The Actor’s Thesaurus” – Marina Calderone

Positive Thinking &  Abundant Living:

“The Book of Luke” – Dr. Luke, the Apostle

“The Power of Positive Thinking” – Norman Vincent Peale

“Think & Grow Rich” – Napoleon Hill

General Creative Process:

Link out to read this PDF by Dorothy Sayers on her ‘Philosophy of Work.’   The essay is entitled “Why Work.”  Dorothy’s thoughts on this subject, as well as Madeline L’Engle’s book, ‘Walking on Water’ have been incredibly helpful in the development of my personal philosophy of work.   Nothing stands in our way of enjoying acting as a hobby or as a fun, fulfilling, extracurricular craft, but Before you can begin to successfully pursue acting as a professional career, it is important that you understand the WHY of what you do.  If you don’t, your EGO may get the better of you and you might do more damage than good.   In order to truly achieve your purpose on earth… even if it’s Acting — you MUST get a handle on this part of yourself.  It’s a great place to start, too, because in knowing your ‘why,’  you become more adept at playing yourself and in turn become the shape-shifter required to play those significantly different from you.

“On Writing” – by Stephen King

“Walking on Water” – by Madeline L’Engle

“The Artist’s Way” – by Julia Cameron

“The Elements of Style” – by William Strunk, Jr. & E.B. White

Health & Wellness

“An Apple a Day” – by Dr. M. T. Morter Jr.