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Tony
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Best Places to Study Acting

Places to Study Acting: Q & A

QUESTION:

Hi,

I recently came across your interview with Janice Hoffman, where you discuss what it means to be well-trained. She mentioned Yale, NYU, and Juilliard. In your experience with actors and the industry standard, does it matter where someone goes? Will someone with an MFA from, for example, ACT or the Harvard/ART have as good a shot at success as those top 3? Do agents/managers/casting directors value them as highly? Because it seems all Playbills and IMDB pages are packed with your top 3!

ANSWER:

There are two things about studying at those three schools, which happen to be considered among the best places to study acting in the world, that are of benefit to a new actor and that are important to understand.

1. Like you said, many of the Playbills and IMDB are heavily populated with actors who have studied at those institutions. So casting directors, knowing that, will be more likely to open their doors to an actor who has studied there, because the chances are good that they have talent.

2. Having those schools on your resume, will be an instant eye-opener to casting directors and agents for the same reason listed in point number one here above.

3. By going to one of those university drama schools schools you are guaranteed to get an excellent education in the craft of acting and performing and casting directors and agents know that.

Having said that, if casting directors and agents have to choose between two actors whose headshots look pretty similar and they have to choose or take a chance between the actor who has little experience and who has studied at schools that aren't reputable and the actor with little experience who has studied at Yale for example, it's obvious which one they would choose.

That doesn't mean that if you don't study at one of thos best places to study acting that you can't get acting work if you don't study there or that you can't be successful. You might just have to work harder to get your foot in the door to get yourself noticed.

I hope that helps.

Here on ActingCareerStartUp.com you will find a list of the best places to study acting.

 

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