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Exclusive Interview with
Actress & Acting Teacher Elisa Eliot
Tony: So, Elisa, how did you get started and when did you start acting?
Elisa Eliot: Well I started performing in my house when I was three years old, for house guests whoever would listen and after that it was pretty much continuous – choirs, plays, things like that and my first professional thing was for the Houston Grand Opera- when I was 12.
Tony: When you think about the Grand Opera, you would think of someone who has a phenomenal voice- did you have a really good voice at such an early age?
Elisa Eliot: I did and the thing that they kind of said and why they geared me toward opera and people thought that I would be good for that was that because I had such a big voice for such a little person. And I actually, my first role was actually as a boy in the opera!
Elisa Eliot: Yes. Girls actually play boys a lot in opera, you wouldn’t guess but they do.
Tony: A lot of people who come to the website are people from the ages of 12 – 23 years old. A lot of the questions I get are ‘what’s it like as a child actor?’, ‘how do you get started?’, ‘What do your parents have to do’…so can you kind of shed some light on what it’s like as a child actor growing up in a house where you are the performer?
Elisa Eliot: Absolutely. Growing up as a child actor I would suggest if you are not New York or LA or one of the big markets then try and do everything you can at your school, after school activities, community theatre and anything that’s available to you in your city. So for instance Houston, that’s not a big market kind of acting scene but they did have a great opera and my school did have a great drama program so I tried to do everything I could in those scenarios.
Tony: Ok and what about the support of your parents? How important was that for you as a child actor?
Elisa Eliot: For me it was really important, I really wanted my parents to support me and I was so fortunate to have supportive parents. But they were also extremely concerned that I get a good education as well. At the time I was like ‘no I want to be a professional actress, all the way, fly to LA, do Disney’ but I’m so grateful to have that really great education now, that I think as a child you might lose sight of. I still today when I coach all my students say ‘education first then acting’ because you can be an actor for the rest of your life and you can do it while getting a great education as well.
Tony: Now you did some of your acting jobs as a youth or as a teen, was it required for your parents to be on set with you and what was that like?
Elisa Eliot: Actually with all of the live stuff my parents were able to drop me off, which was great because both my parents are doctors and they work fulltime but I know in films, you are required to have a guardian with you, so that’s probably why I didn’t get into that at an early age.
Tony: Another question that I find myself having to answer is how do you know when acting is right for you? So you have just explained how you got into this at an early age but what do you say to something like that, how do you know?
Elisa Eliot: I think you know that acting is the right choice for you when there are no other choices. It’s the only thing you want to do because you are putting yourself into a low probability very high intensity hard industry and to put yourself through that is a little bit grueling but if you really want it and you can feel inside that there is nothing else that will make you happy and your passion is there then you know acting is right for you.
Have a look at the rest of this exclusive interview here on ActingCareerStartUp.com with actress and acting teacher Elisa Eliot!
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