Recommended Books

There are all sorts of books that we strongly encourage people to read to really understand the arts & entertainment world, so we’re providing the following lists of recommended reading. Some of these materials should be read by anyone in the entertainment industry, while others we’ve broken down by discipline. You can get these books at any number of places, but we’ve provided links to Amazon where we can, just to get you started. We’re kinda helpful that way.

The Top Ten Books Every Creative Should Read

No matter what your discipline is, here are the top books we strongly recommend you read if you want to succeed as a creative professional.


The Movie Business

By Jason E. Squire. A comprehensive overview of the global entertainment industry, drawing directly from successful movers and shakers. Click HERE to purchase.


The War of Art

By Steven Pressfield. The much-heralded book on learning how to break through your blocks and win inner creative battles. Click HERE to purchase.


The Biz

By Schuyler M. Moore. A comprehensive overview of the basic business, legal & financial aspects of the entertainment industry. Click HERE to purchase.


Creativity, Inc.

By Ed Catmull. The president of Pixar discusses how to overcome everything that stands in the way of true inspiration in business and entertainment. Click HERE to purchase.


Steal Like an Artist

By Austin Kleon. The best thing you can do as a creative professional is find your own voice and be the genuine you. This book shows you how. Click HERE to purchase.



By Robert McKee. The classic treatise on the substance, structure, style and principles of effective storytelling and screenwriting. Click HERE to purchase.


More than a Movie: Ethics in Entertainment

By Miguel Valenti. A balanced and compelling argument for the creative community to consider the consequences of its products and practices. Click HERE to purchase.


The Artist's Way

By Julia Cameron. The seminal work on the subject of creativity, providing all sorts of practical steps for living the artist’s life. Click HERE to purchase.


One Big Thing: Discovering what you were born to do

By Phil Cooke. To achieve your dreams, you have to focus on the thing you were created to do, especially if you have artistic and performance ambitions. Click HERE to purchase.


The Big Picture: Money and Power in Hollywood

By Edward Jay Epstein. A behind-the-scenes look at how money and power is made and distributed in the entertainment industry. Click HERE to purchase.

Sorted by creative Discipline

Acting for the Camera
Tony Barr

Acting in Film: An Actor’s Take on Movie Making
Michael Caine

Acting Is Everything: An Actor’s Guidebook for a Successful Career in Los Angeles
Judy Kerr

Acting Professionally: Raw Facts About Careers in Acting
Robert Cohen

Acting: The First Six Lessons
Richard Boleslavsky

The Actor’s Encyclopedia of Casting Directors: Conversations with Over 100 Casting Directors on How to Get the Job (2016)
Karen Kondazian

An Actor Prepares
Constantin Stanislavski

Audition: Everything an Actor Needs to Know to Get the Part
Michael Shurtleff

The Film Actor’s Complete Career Guide: A Complete, Step-By-Step Checklist of All the Things Actors Seeking Film Careers Can and Should Do, and When
Lawrence Parke

Getting the Part: Thirty-Three Professional Casting Directors Tell You How to Get Work in Theater, Films, and TV (Softcover)
Judith Searle

How to Audition: For TV, Movies, Commercials, Plays, and Musicals, 2nd Ed.
Gordon Hunt

How to Be a Working Actor: The Insider’s Guide to Finding Jobs in Theater, Film & Television, 5th Ed.
Mari Lyn Henry & Lynne Rogers

How to Stop Acting
Harold Guskin

Improvisation for the Theater: A Handbook of Teaching and Directing Techniques
Viola Spolin

The Intent to Live: Achieving Your True Potential as an Actor
Larry Moss

The Power of the Actor
Ivana Chubbuck

Respect for Acting
Uta Hagen

Sanford Meisner on Acting
Sanford Meisner

Self-Management for Actors: Getting Down to (Show) Business, 4th Ed.
Bonnie Gillespie

Your Film Acting Career: How to Break Into the Movies & TV & Survive Hollywood
M. K. Lewis


Cinematic Storytelling: The 100 Most Powerful Film Conventions Every Filmmaker Must Know
Jennifer Van Sill

Directing Actors: Creating Memorable Performances for Film & Television
Judith Weston

Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics
Michael Rabiger

Directing the Story: Professional Storytelling and Storyboarding Techniques for Live Action and Animation
Francis Glebas

Directing Your Directing Career: A Support Book & Agent Guide for Directors
K. Callan

Film Directing: Cinematic Motion, 2nd Ed.
Steven D. Katz

Film Directing Fundamentals: See Your Film Before Shooting
Nicholas T. Proferes

The Film Director Prepares: A Practical Guide to Directing for Film and TV
Myrl A. Schreibman

In the Blink Of an Eye: A Perspective on Film Editing, 2nd Ed.
Walter Murch

Kazan on Directing
Elia Kazan

MasterShots Vol 1: 100 Advanced Camera Techniques to Get an Expensive Look on Your Low-Budget Movie, 2nd Ed.
Christopher Kenworthy

MasterShots, Volume 2: 100 Ways to Shoot Great Dialogue Scenes
Christopher Kenworthy

Master Shots, Volume 3
Christopher Kenworthy

Moviemakers’ Master Class: Private Lessons from the World’s Foremost Directors
Laurent Tirard

On Directing Film
David Mamet

On Film-making: An Introduction to the Craft of the Director
Alexander Mackendrick

Rebel without a Crew: Or How a 23-Year-Old Filmmaker With $7,000 Became a Hollywood Player
Robert Rodriguez

Sense of Direction: Some Observations on the Art of Directing
William Ball

The Visual Story: Creating the Visual Structure of Film, TV & Digital Media
Bruce Block