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It's Good To Think About
Budgeting For Acting Classes
BEFORE You Arrive.

4. What’s Your Budget?

So what's the best way to go about budgeting for acting classes? There are two questions to ask yourself here. The first is how much money will you need to make the trip? The other question is how much money do you or will you have to make the trip? I tend to ask the questions in that order and not the other way around. Asking the second question first can dampen your spirits and cause you to stop thinking about that trip if you’re not of strong character and proactive. Make a budget and figure it out. Click here to see two examples of my budgets for previous trips to take acting classes in the USA; once when I went only to take a six-week intensive at the Ward Acting Studio and the second example is from another time I went to study and work. Especially if you find that you don’t have the money to make the trip right now, a question that I would definitely ask yourself is, “How badly do I want it?” and “What do I need to do to get th at money together to be able to make the trip to take acting classes in the USA?”

If you don't feel like going through the hassle of creating an expense sheet, you might want to have a look at have a look at this product by Excellent Solutions which provides a series of excel sheets specifically for actors' needs to help plan and keep a tight budget, for taxe preparation and just about anything an actor needs. I did a search and found this tool that I didn't even think really existed. I create my own excel sheets when budgeting for acting classes and my trips to New York. You can either follow my simple example or have a look at what they do.

Another great tool that I have also used is Leslie Becker's, The Organized Actor book. I like this tool especially, because it not only has a place for you to record your budget, but it is a one stop tool for everything an actor needs, audition log, calendar, goal setting form, contact information and more.

1. Your objective
2. The right time to go
3. Length of your stay

4. Budgeting For Acting Classes

5. Choosing the acting school and the acting classes

6. Finding housing

7. Getting around in New York

8. Keeping in touch back home while you’re away

See if these books can help you in budgeting for acting classes.

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