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REQUIRED to read & reread as needed.  Steven Pressfield's "War Of Art"
A short, powerful & effective tool for keeping the demons at bay. 
A good one to own as you will re-read.  

All the books below can be gotten through the library 
They are requested reading  

    Strongly, strongly, suggested, honest: The Gifts of Imperfection. 
Brene Brown has created emotional language for the thing we actors most resist: 
feeling out of control and imperfect.

and it's follow up. More on vulnerability and armoring. 

 "The Ultimate Scene & Monologue Sourcebook" by Ed Hooks - Please own this book. It  is an important resource as you look for material, a terrific reference book for scenes and monologues. Find cheap used copies on Amazon. 

Suggested strongly: the classic 
"Audition" by Michael Shurtleff 
Simple, direct, usable and applicable to the whole  craft as well as auditioning.  

Suggested : Uta Hagen's Respect for Acting. She got it right.  

is a great resource.  
www.lapl.org  FREE STUFF
Once you have a card, books, plays, scripts and even sheet music are available to you for free. 
You can place an order online for delivery to your local branch.The Music department of the main library will fax sheet music to your local library for .25 cents a page; 3 songs total per day. The central downtown library is a wonderland of ideas, great for browsing and observing humans.
The LIBBY app is a wonder- you can borrow audio books as well as texts. It has a good reading interface or you can download books to the kindle app on your phone or computer. 

Strongly suggested FOR YOUR VOICE :  Bob Corff's  vocal workout is essential.
www.corffvoice.com  Download his course "Speaking Voice"
Even If I haven't told you to work on your vocal instrument or enunciation, 
when driving to auditions, his exercises keep you out of your head while tuning up your instrument .


 A Sense of Direction by William Ball. Library available. Written for directors, it's worth an actor's read,          especially Chapter 5 which unpacks objectives/intentions in a useable way.

Sandord Meisner On Acting by Sanford Meisener & Dennis Longwell. 
Interesting chronicle of the  master of listening

 Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger When I ask "why acting?, this reminds me  

What's next to your bed? Does it feed your head?