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Why Acting Is Awesome (Even if You’re Not an Actor)
Acting is a difficult and fascinating vocation.
It demands high levels of emotional intelligence, listening, self discipline and empathy. It requires incredible courage, groundedness and vulnerability to lean in to thoughts and emotions (repeatedly and on demand) that we mostly spend our whole lives avoiding.
I’m not an actor. But I have enormous respect for its masters. And what limited acting I’ve done has taught me more about myself and other people than any other form of self-improvement.
If you ARE an actor, and you’re here today looking for the best acting books ever written then rest assured: the rankings below are driven by the reviews and opinions of your colleagues – not my unqualified choices.
For the rest of us, if I could recommend only one new experience this year that will teach you more about yourself than anything else I can think of, join an improv or acting course and lean in to the challenging places it leads you.
In either case, you’ll learn a huge amount from the books about acting below.
So without further ado… here’s the list!
The 40 Best Books About Acting
Why these best books about acting and not others? The books about acting below are the top picks from my long list of acting books, ranked by a combination of Goodreads rating, number of Goodreads reviews and first publication date. The aim is to surface what’s most loved, what’s most popular and what’s proven timelessly relevant.
Think something’s missing? Email me and I’ll add it to the next round of updates. I honestly love hearing from you so please, do get in touch!
Books 1-10: The Top 10 Acting Books of All Time
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Books 11-40: 30 More Best Acting Books to Read Next
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BONUS: The Top 10 Acting Biographies and Memoirs
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