How Much Should Actors Spend on Classes?

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    How Much Should Actors Spend on Classes?

    1. I am not actor, but I can see how difficult and frustrating it must be to evaluate all those classes and lessons when the criteria to estimate an ROI is so nebulous. This seems like good advice for aspiring actors though – do as much research as possible and make the determination that is best for you (and don’t just take the classes “because”).

    2. I think it depends on the classes and budget you can spend on. As long as you have a fund for it, why not? It is really an investment to be in classes where you learn much and grow so much faster as an actor.

      • Stefanie says:

        The trouble is, most actors don’t have much of a disposable income, so taking an expensive class usually means sacrificing something else. You want to make sure it’s worth it/=.

    3. I love this:
      Your only job in life, ever, is to be a person. You just don’t need to practice walking into rooms or talking to accompanists or interacting with the people behind the table. You walk into rooms and talk to people all the time; doing these things in an audition setting is no different.

      AMEN

    4. What a useful breakdown for your industry. I feel like every young actor should read it!

    5. Here are some simple rules I’ve come up with that I don’t think a lot of people talk about:
      1. Never take a class from someone who hasn’t actually acted. Only take acting class from actors.
      2. Know that Auditioning, Theater, TV, Film and Commercials are all different mediums and if the class just says ‘acting’, then they probably don’t know that and you don’t want to go there.
      3. Not all actors can ‘teach’. Look at the time of year they are teaching. If it’s winter, there’s way more acting classes! The actors aren’t working, that’s why. Not a bad thing, just something to know.
      4. Never take classes from someone that’s done less work than you.
      5. Ask if the actor you’re learning from has spent time in the union or non union world. Choose one that you will be working in.

    6. Sam Li says:

      I like what you said about being an informed consumer and how that is your sole responsibility when looking to enroll in an acting class. Attending an acting class seems like the best way to hone acting skills. If I were to pursue acting, I would make sure to find the best class offered in my general area.

      • Stefanie says:

        That’s a good idea Sam. As actors we must always seek ways to improve ourselves and stay sharp as methods can change. I love going to acting classes!

    7. Ben says:

      I’m a member of Toastmasters and I want better my public speak skills. Toastmasters teaches us the mechanics of writing and presenting a speech, but we don’t learn anything about the mechanics of the voice. Would an acting class be suitable for someone looking to be a better public speaker?

      • Stefanie says:

        Absolutely! Taking an acting class will teach you tricks on how to present yourself, how to catch nervous habits, project, and so much more. I highly suggest you try one out!

    8. Ilian says:

      How much an acting class for a 7 year old (children’s beginners acting) should cost? For example a got a “”discount”‘ during 6 months take 24 classes one hour a week for 1200 .. is this a good deal?

      • Stefanie says:

        I think it depends on the experience of the acting coach or teacher and the credibility of the studio. What credits do the coach or teach have? $1200 a week sounds expensive but it could be reasonable.

    9. Acting masters can teach you how to communicate effectively with people around you. Do you often struggle to get people’s attention when you talk?

      • Stefanie says:

        From time to time, but honestly, I don’t too much as I really focus in on the audience and commanding their attention.

    10. I liked how you suggested visiting the class one is interested in. My sister wants to get back into her acting habit and needs to find the right course for her. I will pass her the tips so she can find the right acting coach.

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