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Wow Tony! I would just like to comment on how much you have affected my life.
First of all, any questions I have are answered extremely fast, and not only that, you give me a very helpful answer every time. Also, by reading your newsletters, I obtain just the right information that I need to succeed in the acting business. I am so happy I discovered your site, and I hope you know how much we actors appreciate you. Thanks again, and I can't wait to read your next newsletter!
Laura Doukas, Actress
I did what you said and I got two interviews with two agents! Thank you! Sorry but can I ask you how do I prepare to go meet the agent? What do I have to do?
Marsha P., New York, NY, USA
This site has taught me a lot that I needed to know without dragging me all over the place.
Lauren, actress, Atlanta, GA
1. What's Your Objective?
If you want to study acting in NY or LA or wherever, it helps to have a clear idea of exactly what you want to accomplish in the time you are there. Saying that you want to take acting classes isnt specific enough. What kind of classes do you want to take? Theater, film, soap, prime-time television, on-camera, on-camera commercial, hosting, industrial, audition technique, cold reading, monologue, Shakespeare, classics? Where? Why? A great question to ask yourself in this stage of preparation is, When Im at the end of the time I spent in New York, what specifically do I want to have accomplished and why?
2. Whats The Right Time To Go Study Acting In NY?
If you already have connections and you are going to New York to seek work as an actor, you will want to do some homework first and find out what the work situation is in your area of interest. For example if you are interested, as I am in prime time television, then for a lot of programs like The Sopranos, Law & Order for example have what they call hiatus in the summer, during which time they stop shooting. Some ways to find out whats going on is through Theatrical Index, which actually gives you information well in advance of theatre productions, Backstage and Backstage West, Ross Reports to name a few. Another excellent way to find out whats going on is to subscribe to a website that has a forum for actors. You could find out information from other active forum members.
If on the other hand you are going to take acting classes in the USA, then you will want to consider that full-year acting programs begin in September usually and that summer intensives usually start in July. But this depends on the school. Do your homework.
3. How Long Do You Want To Stay?
This is always an interesting question that I discuss with people who want to take acting classes in the USA. Some say they want to go for two weeks. In my opinion if you really want to take a good class and return home having gotten a lot out of it, youll want to stay anywhere from three to six months, but there are some intensive, full-immersion classes that last for four two six weeks and keep you busy every minute that you are there. I took one of those a couple of years ago and it was a great experience. Most of the time, however, I go for a longer period of time. Many acting schools actually have classes that last for a semester, which for us in the States means from three to four months. You can find workshops and classes that last a lot less time, but I would say that if you are serious about acting, youll probably want more than that. But, in the end thats up to the person who goes. YOU!
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