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Advice for Parents of Young Actors from Acting Teacher Jeff Alan-Lee
of the Young Actors Studio in Hollywood
Jeff Alan-Lee (pictured here to the left), actor, founder of the Young Actors Studio in Hollywood, California was kind enough to grant me an exclusive interview for the visitors of ActingCareerStartUp.com. This is just part of that interview. If you would like to see the entire interview on video, go to the link you see at the bottom of this page.
Tony: Do you meet with the parents of young actors and explain to them the types of things you do?
Jeff Alan-Lee: We do a one-hour meeting with the parents first, so the parents are there with the kid.
Tony: That’s a good idea.
Jeff Alan-Lee: And I do a free coaching session. It helps; it really does help, because it gives them a chance to try it first. And they learn they are like ‘wow I didn’t know acting was like this’
Tony: Do you let the parents of young actors and the actors themselves audit [which means sit in on a class and observe before you actually commit to taking it]?
Jeff Alan-Lee: No. Because what happens in an audit is that it changes- when you are teaching, it changes it from a learning atmosphere to a performance atmosphere. I’m going to be like ‘come on do it now, do what you did last week’ even if you are not trying to. The kids too. So we try to avoid auditing but we will let a person like if they are really not sure maybe come in and take a class.
Tony: Do you let parents of young actors into your classes?
Jeff Alan-Lee: No. That’s why we do the one-hour class. The next time they see the kid is on the performance.
I’ve seen parents of young actors that have been wonderful with their kids decisions and right behind them and then I have seen kids where it is the parents…it’s the parents job they want the kid to do it, the kid doesn’t want to do it, and then I have seen parents of young actors, who don’t want their kids to do it and destroy their kids' dreams…so it depends on what child you are talking about, or what teen you are talking about. If you are a teenager and your parents don’t want you to act, and you really really want to act, you may have to keep it secret til your 18. Or just do it on the side. But just nurture that artist and realize that you will do it and it will happen. If you have the parents support- then go for it but get yourself into a class that you really love and that you really want to be in because that will bring work. Creativity and happiness always brings confidence, which always brings work in the industry. No one can mess with you if you feel good about yourself. I think one of the reasons, and I tell this to my students the completely honest reason, one of the reasons I have the most successful kid’s school, teen’s school is that no one else does what I do anywhere else in the world.
No one can reach an eight year old and bring out emotional recall- that’s why I cant find teachers, I go through 50 teachers- I have two out of thousands that I have interviewed that can actually do this work. They are either Mary Poppins, and the kids have a lot of fun or they are Yale and they know the work but they can’t reach them. It’s a very special type of person. Now because I believe that people come into my studio, do an interview, take a look at my class and sign up. And they usually stay but always what I love and what I know, I know I am good at this – acting is the same way, it is through the work that you are going to know that you can do it, and that’s going back to what you asked about teachers…about finding the right school, you have to know that you can do it. You have to feel good you have to know that you can get into the winner’s circle. And that you have a love for the work and your confident that’s the first thing, to find that place that brings up your confidence and your happiness because that will bring success as well, in anything even if its some other, you know, performing arts or some other thing that you do.
See this part of the live video interview with acting teacher Jeff Alan-Lee of the Young Actors Studio in which he gives advice for parents of young actors and talks about what teaching kids acting is like, right here on ActingCareerStartUp.com.
Jeff Alan-Lee is the founder of and teaches at
The Young Actors Studio
Address: 5215 Lankersim Blvd Los Angelse CA 310 281 7545
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