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Acting Class for Kids: Interview With Actor and Acting Teacher Jeff Alan-Lee
of the Young Actors Studio in Hollywood
Jeff Alan-Lee (pictured here to the left), actor, founder of the Young Actors Studio in Hollywood, California was kind enough to grant me an exclusive interview for the visitors of ActingCareerStartUp.com. This is just part of that interview. If you would like to see the entire interview on video, go to the link you see at the bottom of this page.
Tony: What is an acting class for kids like? Is it difficult teaching kids acting?
Jeff Alan-Lee: Yeah. Yeah, there are certain days, last Sunday was one of them, I was trying to get this work out of them and they are all acting silly and going 'hee, hee, ‘heeehhhhhhhhhhhhhhh’ you know, it was just one of those days, but a couple of them get it. There was one eight year old, I think his name is Joshua, really cute little kid, and he was working from a place where he felt afraid for his scene and he was like ‘I’m in Disneyland and I’m lost and I’m sitting on a bench and I’m looking for my parents. ’ And he wasn’t paying attention, he was supposed to be doing the relaxation where you relax your body and see the objects and we do it as a group and yes it takes long but you know, but for some reason they do it and finally I was like ‘ok they’re gone. They’re not coming back all right? They’re not coming back, you’re alone in Disneyland’ and I made him look at the clouds, ‘is it cloudy? Is it sunny? Where is the wind?’ And he just got right into it; those nine and a half seconds were wonderful. Everything else was horrible and I praised the ga-jesus out of him. ‘That was brilliant, that was so cool, that was the height of great acting’ and so he is going to try and do 11 seconds. Maybe he wont get to 12, maybe he will give up on it and just do it for fun but it was this – that’s how you sort of work with them. You trick them, you do everything you can to trick them. But its not really tricking…
Tony: What you just did kind of reminds me of some moments I have had in classes, where it has been the same thing. You know, maybe I wasn’t feeling right and then the teacher would coach me on a couple of things and then it would come out and I would see the reaction of everybody else and I felt really good. Would you say it's the same in an acting class for kids?
Jeff Alan-Lee: Yeah you nail it.
Tony: And the teacher would say ‘that’s what I wanted right there!’
Jeff Alan-Lee: And that’s the huge thing you wanted, that’s what I mean about finding teachers then you are like ‘alright I want to do more’. You want to come back next week. If you feel like crap, who wants to go back you know?
Tony: And then when you go home you are just riding on that moment.
Jeff Alan-Lee: And that’s how you go- because you are dealing with human emotions, so if you feel bad about yourself that’s another obstacle in addition to trying to solve the role.
The Young Actors Studio
Address: 5215 Lankersim Blvd Los Angelse CA 310 281 7545
If you want to hear and see Jeff Alan-Lee talk about what an acting class for kids at his school is like, then have a look at the entire exclusive video interview I did with him for ActingCareerStartUp.com.
Do a search here on ActingCareerStartUp.com to find an acting class for kids that suits you. Good luck!
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