Links to Books, Blogs, and other Resources

Below are some links to books, blogs, and other handy resources that I find myself constantly referring people to. Although many of these links are for resources that you can purchase, many of them can also be found through your local library or via interlibrary loan.

Speech and Voicework

Rhetoric and Text Analysis

General Acting Texts

Movement/Physicality 

Directing and Teaching

Audiobook Narration and Voiceover

  • Volunteering for Librivox is a great way to get some experience under your belt for audiobook narration. Librivox has a wonderful online community that is supportive of newcomers.

  • The VO Atlanta Voiceover Conference is an excellent place to meet other voiceover performers of all skill levels and learn new skills.

  • Most professional VO artists these days rely heavily on a home studio. There are many articles, videos, and blogs out there on this topic. This piece from voices.com is a great place to start!

Shakespeare 

Monologue Tips

  • Always, always, always read the entire play. 

  • Never use a piece from the show you're auditioning for.

  • Select from a full text, not a monologue book. Not only do you need to read the entire play, but I guarantee the auditor will have heard most of those monologues in 101 Monologues for Young Actors before.

  • Choose active pieces, not passive ones. You want your character to be engaging with someone, not telling a story.

  • For fresh pieces, try searching for new works festivals online. Find a couple of pieces that catch your eye. Have they been published yet? Buy a copy. Is the festival going on near you? Go see some of the shows! Support local playwrights, support new voices.

You may notice that I do not link to Amazon for books. Instead, I am sending you to another online retailer, Better World Books. They offer free shipping (with the option for your order to be shipped carbon balanced for a small fee) and are a socially conscious corporation that donates to literacy programs around the world. You can read more about who they are and what they do here.