Monday, September 10, 2007

An Alternative to Acting School

Do you have the money and 4 years to dedicate to an acting school? If not, read on, I might have what you need.

If you want to learn about the history and different styles of acting, acting schools are the way to go. There are lots of different acting schools and it?s hard to choose. But what they have all in common is that most are very expensive. If you want to get a very rounded perspective on acting, then go to an acting school. There are so many styles of acting.

Here is what you can do. Get a list of all the acting schools in your area. If you live in New York City or L.A. you should find a bunch. Some of the schools are not 4 years and don't cost a lot of money. Gather this list. Find teachers teaching private classes and workshops. Work independently with these teachers. It's cheaper and the personal attention that you will receive is definitely worth it.

Getting a graduate degree in an acting school is overrated. What is important is talent. Are you good? Are you a quality actor? Can you play the role with your unique ability?

Unlike what you get when you join an acting school, you will be able to study whatever style of acting that suits you. Choose your own schedule. And this will cost you only about a third of the price. This is what I chose and I have never regretted it.

Now I am not saying that an acting school/university is not for anyone. If you need some structure, and like the traditional study standards, then maybe you should opt for a school. But before you go that way, do your research. There are a lot of other possibilities out there. Lots of schools and styles. A lot of workshops where you will receive personal attention. There are a lot of opportunities and everywhere there is something to grasp or let go.

Sebastien is an accomplished actor and film maker. He now teaches acting in a well known University. He also teaches multiple workshops with a dozen students at a time.

Sebastien also writes articles for a film making and acting website. Check it out!

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