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Actors And Facebook
Interview with Acting Teacher Wendy Ward - Part 9
In part 8 of this exclusive interview , Wendy shares her experience to help those wanting to start an acting career.
Wendy: Can I tell you about one of my pet peeves right now, one of the things that really bothers me?
Tony: Of course!
Wendy: Facebook. It’s a huge phenomenon. Ward Studio is on there because we know that’s where the young people are. However, I am finding some of my graduates who are spending more time on Facebook than they are on their acting careers. I actually believe that for a good number of our students Wendy Ward at the official Ward Studio website. fills their ‘celebrity need.’ The people I see who are obsessed with posting hundreds of pictures and making inane comments about their day’s minutiae are not doing the kind of networking that will pay off in the long run. I think Facebook allows them to live in a sort of delusion because it makes them feel like they’re in People Magazine. And maybe that’s fine. Facebook is a tool that needs to be used wisely in conjunction with other efforts and not become an end in itself.
Actors and Facebook!
I would warn young actors of being seduced into things that appear like they are a part of the business but really are not. Don’t get me wrong. You do have to have a website and you do need a reel and you do need to have photos, but being proactive goes far beyond spending hours on Facebook every day.
I just had three graduates who made their own independent film. They sent it to all the film festivals around the U.S. Their acting is solid. More power to them! That’s a much better use of one’s time. Not that they have to be mutually exclusive. I think you know what I’m getting at.
Tony: That definitely makes sense. Anything else you would like to say about actors and facebook or anything else you in general you would like to say to my visitors and readers?
Wendy: Experience is important. Stage experience is really important. I know a lot of actors who want to have an on-camera career, but they should know that experience on stage is still revered in the industry. I know this from some of my graduates who have gone to LA to pursue acting. They say that many casting directors will look at you like you have three heads if you have spent time in New York and have no theatre experience on your resume. It develops confidence and all sorts of things that will be helpful to your auditions and performance on camera. That is precisely the reason why we have the performance studio as part of my school here. It’s an important part of our training environment. Some schools won’t allow you to perform until you have had a year of training. I don’t do that. As soon as I think a student is capable of handling the class work and handling the responsibilities of being in a production, I get them started. I had one student who did five shows his first year here. That launches him forward way ahead of the other beginner students who, a year later, have completed their classes but have never performed. So I think that is also very important.
Tony: Wendy we have reached the end of this interview. Thank you so much for sharing your wealth of knowledge with me above all for my visitors to ActingCareerStartUp.com!
Wendy: It was my pleasure Tony.
End of part IX. This my friends is the end of this exclusive interview with Ward Acting Studio founder Wendy Ward. If you missed some of the other parts of this interview, have a look at this page on which you will find links to all the other 8 parts including this one on actors and facebook.
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