If you have EVER talked to me for longer than 5 minutes about books, then I would have probably mentioned one of my all-time favorites: The Artists Way by Julia Cameron. More info here and here.
This book is set up like a workbook for any and all creative types--it is chock full of worksheets and exercises to help the reader mine their creative power. It is the type of book that you can return to time and time again, no matter where you are in your career or artistic journey.
Speaking of booooooks, I'm a pretty big nerd, and I am constantly buying more books. Abebooks.com has saved me so much money throughout the years--it is an excellent used book online retailer. Check it out here!
Last book resource, I PROMISE! If you have a library card, hoopladigital.com allows you to electronically "check-out" 8 free e-books and audio books a month. If you don't finish your book within the month, no worries--you can just check it out again :) More info here.
Final treats for you fine folks.
This first video is a compilation of two interviews with the legendary Bette Davis. If you read that, and went, "Who is that?" then open a new tab on your computer RIGHT NOW and watch the Queen of Acting do her work. She is my acting spirit animal, and it is nothing short than blasphemous to not know and appreciate her talent.
Then, watch this video. It's perfect. She's perfect.
In this second video, Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Elisabeth Moss discusses her acting approach. I was particularly drawn to this clip because I, too, have always found music to be instrumental (pun-intended) in my character creation. Enjoy!
THE ACTIVE ACTOR
What is this thing?