Recommended Books

There are all sorts of books that we strongly encourage people to read to really understand the arts & entertainment world, so we’re providing the following lists of recommended reading. Some of these materials should be read by anyone in the entertainment industry, while others we’ve broken down by discipline. You can get these books at any number of places, but we’ve provided links to where we can, just to get you started. We’re kinda helpful that way.

Top 10 Books Every Creative Professional Should Read

No matter what your discipline is, here are the top books we strongly recommend you read if you want to succeed as a creative professional.

The Movie Business

By Jason E. Squire. A comprehensive overview of the global entertainment industry, drawing directly from successful movers and shakers. Click here to purchase.

The Biz

By Schuyler M. Moore. A comprehensive overview of the basic business, legal & financial aspects of the entertainment industry. Click here to purchase.

Steal Like An Artist

By Austin Kleon. The best thing you can do as a creative professional is find your own voice and be the genuine you. This book shows you how. Click here to purchase.

More Than A Movie: Ethics In Entertainment

By Miguel Valenti. A balanced and compelling argument for the creative community to consider the consequences of its products and practices. Click here to purchase.

One Big Thing: Discovering What You Were Born To Do

By Phil Cooke. To achieve your dreams, you have to focus on the thing you were created to do, especially if you have artistic and performance ambitions. Click here to purchase.

The War of Art

By Steven Pressfield. The much-heralded book on learning how to break through your blocks and win inner creative battles. Click here to purchase.

Creativity, Inc.

By Ed Catmull. The president of Pixar discusses how to overcome everything that stands in the way of true inspiration in business and entertainment. Click here to purchase.


By Robert McKee. The classic treatise on the substance, structure, style and principles of effective storytelling and screenwriting. Click here to purchase.

The Artist’s Way

By Julia Cameron. The seminal work on the subject of creativity, providing all sorts of practical steps for living the artist’s life. Click here to purchase.

The Big Picture: Money and Power in Hollywood

By Edward Jay Epstein. A behind-the-scenes look at how money and power is made and distributed in the entertainment industry. Click here to purchase.

Sorted By Creative Discipline

Click on any of the following to see additional books separated by creative discipline. But check out all the lists – you could find just what you need in another group!

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