BRIEF: 12 Step technique, very structured. One of the 1st books I read.


Ivanna has a very successful acting school in Los Angeles. You will be evaluated on which class you are qualified to take. Even if you are an advanced student, don’t expect to be paired with Ivana herself right away. Check out her classes here


The Power of the Actor, a Los Angeles Times bestseller, premier acting teacher and coach Ivana Chubbuck reveals her cutting-edge technique, which has launched some of the most successful acting careers in Hollywood.

The first book from the instructor who has taught Charlize Theron, Brad Pitt, Elisabeth Shue, Djimon Hounsou, and Halle Berry, The Power of the Actor guides you to dynamic and effective results. For many of today’s major talents, the Chubbuck Technique is the leading edge of acting for the twenty-first century. Ivana Chubbuck has developed a curriculum that takes the theories of the acting masters, such as Stanislavski, Meisner, and Hagen, to the next step by utilizing inner pain and emotions, not as an end in itself, but rather as a way to drive and win a goal.

In addition to the powerful twelve-step process, the book takes well-known scripts, both classic and contemporary, and demonstrates how to precisely apply Chubbuck’s script-analysis process. The Power of the Actor is filled with fascinating and inspiring behind-the-scenes accounts of how noted actors have mastered their craft and have accomplished success in such a difficult and competitive field.

With an introduction by Sydney Pollack, director of Out of Africa and Tootsie, who worked with Meisner for five years.

“This book should be read by anyone who wants to act or even appreciate what acting involves. Like Meisner’s way of teaching, it is the straight goods.”—Arthur Miller

“If there is a key to good acting, this one is it, above all others. Actors, young and not so young, will find inspiration and excitement in this book.”—Gregory Peck


BRIEF: You learn by reading about his class instruction with students. I found it hard to follow, but some rich tidbits.


If your eyes are as bad as mine, you want to opt for the audible option.

AUDIBLE: Sanford Meisner

This particular book I feel has extra small text.


Sanford Meisner was one of the best known and beloved teachers of acting in the country. This book follows one of his acting classes for fifteen months, beginning with the most rudimentary exercises and ending with affecting and polished scenes from contemporary American plays. Written in collaboration with Dennis Longwell, it is essential reading for beginning and professional actors alike. Throughout these pages Meisner is a delight—always empathizing with his students and urging them onward, provoking emotion, laughter, and growing technical mastery from his charges.

With an introduction by Sydney Pollack, director of Out of Africa and Tootsie, who worked with Meisner for five years.

“This book should be read by anyone who wants to act or even appreciate what acting involves. Like Meisner’s way of teaching, it is the straight goods.”—Arthur Miller

“If there is a key to good acting, this one is it, above all others. Actors, young and not so young, will find inspiration and excitement in this book.”—Gregory Peck


BRIEF: One of my faves. All about “living” the role.


Margie Haber has a wonderful school in LA. This is one of my favorite courses. She has wonderful instructors and a beutiful facility. Check out her classes here.

Here’s a tip for you… one of her former Instructors Robin Meyers with whom I personally took a class from has branched out on her own and is doing amazing with classes selling out quickly.



How to Get the Part…Without Falling Apart! is the answer to every actor’s audition prayers. Acting coach Margie Haber has created a revolutionary phrase technique to get actors through readings without stumbling over the script. The book helps actors break through the psychological roadblocks to auditioning with a specific, 10-step method for breaking down the scene. Actors learn to prepare thoroughly, whether they have twenty minutes or two weeks.

With a client list that includes Halle Berry, Brad Pitt, Kelly Preston, Heather Locklear, Vince Vaughn, Téa Leoni, Josie Bissett, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Laura Innes, and Tom Arnold, among others, Haber encourages and leads the reader through the audition process with helpful and oftentimes humorous examples. Includes script excerpts, audition stories from today’s hottest stars, and tips from top industry professionals

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BRIEF: Convenient Log Book for Bookings


I didn’t know I needed this until I received one as a gift. It’s better than the complicated log books, and more convenient then researching emails. I take it to gigs with me.


Log Book for Actors and ActressesSimplified version asking you only to record the essentials of the acting jobs you book.

Stop spending hours filling out every minutia of a job with other logbooks when most Actors keep call sheets, and copies of contracts via email. When you need to quickly access essential job information, this is the logbook for you, information at your fingertips.

  • Fill out in 5 minutes.
  • Record the date range after you fill out the log completely.
  • Try a different logbook look for your next 50 jobs.
  • Great gift for Actors.
  • Awesome tool to gift new acting students taking your class.
  • Small enough to keep with your Headshots or at your desk for quick access.

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BRIEF: For notaking in class. Cheap enough to buy one for evey class or audio book you listen to.


Take it to class with you. Buy one for each class and youo’ll never loose your notes. They are too pretty, and the perfect purse size to mix up with your notetaking.


The Brief, is a notebook for Actors taking a class, reading a book, attending a seminar, or listening to an audiobook. Instead of underlining, or bookmarking, use this notebook to write down key information you do not want to forget, and have quick access to without scrolling through an entire book.

Create your own Cliff-notes type summary. Meisner, Stanislavski, Checkov, Lee Strasberg, Margie Habor, Ivana Chubbuck, are just a few examples of Acting teachers whose techniques are widely taught in books and classes.

Acting classes can be a substantial investment.

  • Reinforce and protect your investment by keeping notes on the things you found most valuable.
  • Using a dedicated notebook that you can access quickly helps.
  • No more losing vital class notes because you bundled them in a notebook with other subjects.
  • Portable. Keep in your purse or backpack for a quick refresher while in the audition waiting room.
  • Softcover. Fold it, roll it, make it fit into your life.
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BRIEF: Using your eyes in acting.


I like the Illustrative format of this book. It’s a short read, but nice to have as a refresher for basics.



Acting With Your Eyes There is a saying in Hollywood: “Do less because less is more.” This phrase usually means that an actor is over-acting the role and trying too hard to demonstrate their feeling and actions. But when the director or an acting teacher says these words, they never actually tell you what to replace it with. So the actor tries to do nothing and in doing nothing, his or her performance becomes flat. In Acting With Your Eyes, I will show you the technique of Eye Phrasing and the Magic Pull, which will enable you to do less on camera while retaining a strong, exciting performance. These simple and powerful techniques will make you a better and more confident on-camera actor. I would like you to think of this book as a plug-in app, as these techniques will work with any acting style you are currently using. The exercises in this book of only thirty-one pages, are easy, fun and extremely powerful. After using these techniques you will immediately understand what has been missing from your on-camera acting performance. Acting With Your Eyes will put you miles ahead of your fellow actors. I can guarantee you no acting class has ever taught these specific, powerful acting techniques that I call Eye Phrasing and the Magic Pull. You will learn the techniques of many Eye Phrases, starting with some basics: Break Left, Pick Up, Back to One and the Magic Pull. The Magic Pull will invigorate you with a new awareness of your inner life, your surroundings and the power you have not just as an actor but as person. You can own the fastest, most expensive sports car in the world, but if you don’t have the fuel to put in the car, it’s not going anywhere. The Magic Pull is the fuel you need to power up personal acting charisma, energy and sensuality in your performance as an on-camera actor. This book is a must-have plug-in app for actors!.

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BRIEF: Acting Coach Shares His Revolutionary Approach to Landing Roles, Developing Them, and Keeping them Alive Paperback


In my opinion, the concepts in this book are in line with the teachings of Margie Habor. Living the life. 


Harold Guskin is an “acting doctor” whose clients include Kevin Kline, Glenn Close, James Gandolfini, Bridget Fonda, and dozens more. In How to Stop Acting, Guskin reveals the insights and techniques that have worked wonders for beginners as well as stars. Instead of yet another “method,” Guskin offers a strategy based on a radically simple and refreshing idea: that the actor’s work is not to “create a character” but rather to be continually, personally responsive to the text, wherever his impulse takes him, from first read-through to final performance. From this credo derives an entirely new perspective on auditioning and the challenge of developing a role and keeping it fresh, even over hundreds of performances. Drawing on examples from his clients’ work and his own, Guskin presents acting as a constantly evolving exploration rather than as a progression toward a fixed goal. He also offers sound and original advice on adapting to the particular demands of television and film, playing difficult emotional scenes, tackling the Shakespearean and other great roles, and more. His book will find an eager and appreciative audience among novices and established actors alike.


BRIEF: A thesaurus of action words to revitalize performance.


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From the Author

ACTIONS is primarily for actors:
for established professionals and beginners alike;
for students or amateur actors;
for those with training and those without.

ACTIONS can also be useful:
for music theatre performers;
for actors wrestling with audition speeches;
for those who have to breathe life into a one-dimensional television or radio commercial;
or for those who have been performing a play for months and need to reinvigorate their performance.

About the Author

Marina Caldarone is a busy freelance director who has been involved in actor training in leading schools for the past twenty years.

Maggie Lloyd-Williams has acted on stage and TV, particularly at the Royal National Theatre and Shakespeares Globe.

Terry Johnson (who writes the foreword) is the author of many successful and award-winning plays including the stage version of The Graduate, which he also directed

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    BRIEF: Practical knowledge they need when performing in front of the camera.


    One of the first books I read, and still a classic. Great read for beginners and all levels.



    Includes plenty of new exercises for honing on-camera skills; additional chapters on imagination and movement; and fresh material on character development, monologues, visual focus, playing comedy and working with directors. Inside tips on the studio system and acting guilds make it particularly helpful for people new to the business, and numerous anecdotes from actors such as Morgan Freeman and Anthony Hopkins and examples from current movies illustrate its many lessons. It is perfect for acting classes, workshops, all actors who work in front of the camera — and all those who want to.

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    BRIEF: Like a cheat sheet for facial expressions.


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    The Actor’s Guide to Understanding How Your Face Communicates Emotion for TV and Film. A Revised and Expanded2nd Edition of this book is now available. There should be a link somewhere on the page.

    The first edition was powerful, and some said groundbreaking and I wanted to make sure I kept all of what made it such a success. It’s all still there:

    • The science behind why only a small percentage of on-camera actors get the majority of the work, what those actors do differently than the rest, and what you can do to level the playing field.
    • Why acting is an art of deception and why deception is the key to truthful acting.
    • Why your facial messages may not be expressed the way you intend and how it may be costing you more than the job.


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    BRIEF: Provides a technical approach for on-camera acting.


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    A step-by-step process for tailoring your work to the camera’s perspective.

    How impulse is your most powerful tool and how to use it with precision.

    What science tells us about the nature of identity and how to make psycho-physical transformations into compelling characters completely unlike yourself.

    How to stop micro-expressing nervousness on camera.

    How the camera reads the stakes of the scene through the indentation between your collarbone and surrounding muscle tissue.

    What the camera sees on your face when you are trying to remember a line.

    Simple, science-based exercises devised for Olympic athletes and adapted for actors to reach peak performance under pressure.

    Learn why Stanislavski abandoned the Method in favor of a non-analytical approach.

      Listen Feel Respond book cover


      BRIEF: The title says it all about the book’s technique.


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      . Divided into three sections, Rohrer guides you through the different processes used in his popular weekly acting workshops.Rohrer also introduces tools and techniques to help you fine-tune your craft and improve your chances in the competitive world of acting. Whether you’re an amateur or a professional, Listen, Feel, Respond will propel you onto the path of success!