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Beginning An Acting Career:
Where To Spend Your Money First!
Interview with Acting Teacher Wendy Ward - Part 8
Advice For Someone Beginning An Acting Career:
What To Spend Your Money On
In part 7 of this exclusive interview , Wendy talks about the method she uses to teach acting; the Meisner technique.
Tony: You know what ActingCareerStartUp.com is all about and we’ve talked about the people who come and visit me here. What advice would you give to someone who wants to start an acting career. Let’s say you have a niece who says to you: “Aunt Wendy, I really want to become an actress. It’s my dream! Please help me get started.” What would you tell her?
Wendy: Well I think you might be a little surprised at some of my advice with regard to beginning an acting career. The first thing I would tell her would be: Save your money. We have a lot of kids who come to New York who think they need to have part-time restaurant jobs so that they can have a flexible schedule. You don’t need a flexible schedule until an agent is sending you out for auditions at least four or five times per week. What you do need is a good nest egg (savings) so that when it’s time for you to quit your job to pursue acting full-time, you’ll be able to manage that financially. I can’t tell you how many actors I see who can’t pursue the business of acting because making a living is getting in the way.
So save your money and spend it on training…wisely.
Tony: Can you please explain what you mean by ‘wisely’?
Wendy: Don’t expect to build good habits if you take short-term classes. They are only good for information not for building a set of skills that will support you forever. Take the steps in the right order. Let me give you an example of what I mean. I interviewed a girl yesterday who jumped right into an on-camera class, but who doesn’t really know much about acting. I told her that the camera magnifies every little detail of your acting. She told me that she realized that after she saw herself on camera. She went on to say that when she saw herself she felt really embarrassed.
I told her that the Meisner training will make her more believable and that maybe the right thing to do would be to become a strong actress first and then apply it to on-camera work second. To me, that order makes more sense. Of course you learn things from doing them, but you gotta have something going on before you get in front of the Head of Casting for NBC.
Tony: Absolutely! I agree 100%!
Wendy: If you are going to be working in front of the camera there are definitely things you need to know about camera work. And, there are actors who have experience, but they have to sort of wing it or improvise when they act because they don’t have a language. They don’t have a technique. They don’t have a way of approaching their work so that they feel confident each and every time they act. Technique exists so you can eventually throw it away and have a developed instrument where you no longer have to think about what you’re doing. You’re conditioned. You’re in shape.
Tony: I’m really happy when I interview people like you who have so much experience, because I hear many of you saying the same types of things that I tell people as well who are beginning an acting career. That lets me know I’m on the right track.
Wendy: Well, you are definitely on the right track. You have terrific intuition about these kinds of things.
End of part 8. In part 9 of this exclusive interview with Ward Acting Studio founder Wendy Ward, she talks about one of her pet peeves, something that young, aspiring actors do, a big mistake they are making! Read it to see if you are making the same mistake!
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