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Which Acting Classes To Take And
How To Set Up Your Own Personal Curriculum
I continue my conversation with Janice Hoffmann, acting career coach (pictured left). Acting classes is our topic of this second part of the interview. In part 1 we talked about what the kind of training the industry expects actors to have and now we talk about how to get it, especially if you dont have the money to attend a really reputable school, which can be expensive.
Tony: So Janice how does one put together her/his own curriculum of acting classes how does one do that? What is important to know?
Janice: First I would learn a technique, whether its Meisner or Stanislavski or something else, I would definitely train technically. Also make sure you have vocal training, singing and speech. Classical training is also important to know. You dont have to be an expert at it, but you need to have some experience there too at least so you can be more competitive. Then theres physical training, whether its dance or theatre movement, stage combat or something else. To set up a curriculum like that on your own, I would go to the Yale Drama School website and look at their curriculum and figure out a way to start taking those classes separately, little by little. You have to find places, schools, institutions that have those kinds of classes.
Tony: Thats a great concept. Its exactly what I did a few years ago when I went to New York for the first time to study acting. I put together my own program which was made of acting classes from different schools.
Janice: Yeah, its not necessary to re-invent things. The models we need to follow already exist. Find a mentor and follow what they do. In this case it means getting a copy somewhere of the plan you need to follow and putting it together yourself. Its the same thing.
It ends up being a recipe. Start with what the standard is and then, once you have obtained that, once you have started to get some training and go through similar programs, then you can start to change things a bit. You could modify certain parts of the curriculum, delete certain courses, add other ones depending on your needs.
Tony: I want to reiterate the fact that many young people, even 15 21 year olds, believe that they just have to get an agent to get started and that training isnt so important. What about them? Do you think that going through a similar curriculum is really so important?
Janice: If you are young and just starting out, the question I would have is, Why wouldnt you want to be well-trained? What reason could there possibly be? If you want to be a competitive actor and really achieve success in pursuing acting as a career, then you need to be well-trained. Theres no way around it
Tony: Unless you just plain get lucky, which we all know can be like playing the lottery. Some people play all their lives and never win.
Be sure and read part 1 of this exclusive interview with Janice Hoffmann about acting as a career in which she talks about what agents and casting directors believe that actors need to have in the way of training.
Also, during your search for schools and teachers, its a big advantage to know what you are looking for, so that you can be sure that you choose the right acting classes for you!
You can also visit Janice's website at www.successissweetest.com.
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