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8 Tips for Making the Most Out of Your Acting Class

Hello!  It's been a while since I've written on my blog.  I'm still here, just getting a little busy with little projects here and there.  

Since I am looking for my next acting class, I remembered I wrote in my ebook some tips on what to do once you find the right acting class.  I wanted to share this with you.

When I go to a new class or even to a networking event I get so nervous.  Also excited.  Who knows who I will meet in that class.  Maybe the next person I collaborate with!

Not to mention I am excited to learn something new about acting, film and theater!

Either way, here is an excerpt from my ebook, The Actor's Guide to Getting an Agent in Texas - A step by step guide to acting in Texas & directory resource guide

(Don't forget to check it out!)

HERE ARE SOME TIPS FOR YOU

✓ You can ask to sit in to ‘audit’ the class before you commit. You want
to test it out and see if the instruction and the technique fits you.

✓ You can ask to make a payment plan. About 99% of instructors will make
a payment arrangement with you or take post-dated checks.

✓ Please don’t be late to class. Ever. Not only will you miss out on
important lessons or discussions but if you walk in late and your
classmates are in the middle of a scene when you rush in, you will
disturb the moment. 

✓ Network! Make new friends. You have so much in common with your
classmates and who knows, you might get to work together later and it
would be so nice to have a friend on the set. Plus, they may have more
experience than you and they might teach you something new, or you
them.

✓ Emotions run high during class. Don’t ever yell at your instructor or
other classmates, unless you are doing a scene with them. Yes, I’ve
seen this happen. Better yet, just don’t be rude.

✓ Do your homework. Just about every acting class you take will give you
homework. You’ll be given monologues, scene studies where you meet
with your scene partner to rehearse or other type of homework
depending on the class you take.

✓ Be prepared with a headshot and resume, notebook for note-taking, and something to write with.  I always say it’s best to be prepare than to miss out on a great opportunity.

> Headshot & Resume.

As stated before, you never know who your classmates will be. I’ve often attended classes with aspiring directors who take acting lessons to help them understand how actors prepare to better direct them. It doesn’t hurt to share your resume and
headshot with directors, does it?

>Notebook.

Also, I like to use one notebook for all my classes, I can compare notes and keep tabs on my notes rather than search through several loose papers.

✓ Have fun and make as many mistakes as you can. This is a safe place
for you to be goofy, emotional, creative and be you with an audience!

Make sure to keep up with your coaches/instructors, invite them to opening night or screenings you have later.  They would love to see what you do with what they've taught you.

I hope these tips help you prepare for your acting class!  Keep working on your dream job and don't give up.  

Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself. Do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.
Bruce Lee

Thanks for reading!


Got questions? Comments? Leave a message below. 

If you want more resources or more detailed information on how to work as an extra and how to get gigs, check out my e-book.

Thank you so much for reading and break a leg!

 

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nancy valdez

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