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Interview with Ward Acting Studio Founder & Teacher Wendy Ward - Part 2
The Ward Acting Studio Entrance Requirements
In part 1 of this exclusive interview , Wendy tells how she started teaching and what kind of students come and study at the Ward Studio.
Tony: What are your requirements for entering your studio, for coming here to study acting?
Wendy: I suspect it’s pretty different from what some other acting schools focus on. People call me and ask me if they can come and audition to get into my program and sometimes they are surprised to hear me say that there is no audition.
Tony: You would think that an acting program that has such high standards as you have would require people to audition to get in. Why don’t you?
Wendy: The truth is Tony, if we required auditions, most people wouldn’t get in, because most people don’t audition very well. What I’m looking for in the people who come into my program are those who are at a place in their acting where they know they have to accomplish something bigger and better, and I need to have the feeling that they are going to set aside the time to do that and be dedicated to it and that they have the strength of character to go through Meisner training.
I do think you need to have thick skin because you will get criticism every class, which is always constructive and never demeaning, but it’s always going to be about what you need to do to get better. If a person can take that criticism and think: “Wow! I’m always being supported and helped to get better,” instead of thinking: “There’s no pleasing her,” then that student will do extremely well. That’s what I actually look for in students. It’s not talent and it’s not experience. It’s a tenacious will to improve their game.
Typically in one of my classes I will have someone on Broadway, a new beginner, who is around 30 years old and coming from a job at a law firm for example, and I’ll have a lot of 23 and 24 year olds who got a BA in theatre who came to New York and who realize that even though they have a degree in theatre, they are not booking acting jobs like they should be. They then realize that their acting isn’t what it should be. That’s the point at which they come here.
End of part 2. In part 3 of this exclusive interview with Ward Acting Studio founder Wendy Ward, she talks about why acting training is necessary.Visit the official website of the Ward Studio.
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ActingCareerStartUp.com Acting School Directory
8-Step Guide To Preparing Your Trip To New York To Study Acting
A Guide To Starting A Successful Acting Career
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