“Actually, I'm really quite vain about the whole problem because I figure there is no competition - I am what I am, and either I am needed as that or I'm not suitable anyway.”
This book was recommended to me by a friend in an acting class for Film and TV. One of my shortcomings as an on camera performer is my tendency to go bigger than fits the frame - the fault of years upon years of theatrical training. While working on this in class, my friend suggested I check out this book - that Michael Caine had some really great ways of look at acting in film, and the industry in general. So I went home and ordered it. I'm glad I did.
He's such a natural person that you feel like this book is a conversation that you are having over a pint or two in the pub. He puts together advice with such wonderful stories of his own experience. There are things that he learned that, even reading them, you'll still need to experience for yourself to really get. Still, it doesn't lessen the truth of what he's telling you. For people not in the biz, it's just a really fun read. His stories are awesome, and it gives you some insight into how things really work behind the scenes.
I definitely recommend this, in general, and especially for actors. It's an incredibly short book, so you'll finish it in no time at all.