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Acting 101: What Can I Expect at My First Acting Lesson?

Acting 101: What Can I Expect at My First Acting Lesson?

Gearing up for your first acting lesson? Here, teacher Matthew H. explains what to expect at your first lesson, including some of the acting exercises you'll likely do, and more... So this is it. You’ve always wanted to act and made the first step in the right direction: taking acting lessons. While some celebrities have had incredible luck with “being discovered,” the vast majority of talented actors and actresses have extensive training, whether attending one of the top acting schools or … Read More

Acting 101: What Can I Expect at My First Acting Lesson?
Gearing up for your first acting lesson? Here, teacher Matthew H. explains what to expect at your first lesson, including some of the acting exercises you'll likely do, and more... So this is it. You’ve always wanted to act and made the first step in the right direction: taking acting lessons. While some celebrities have had incredible luck with “being discovered,” the vast majority of talented actors and actresses have extensive training, whether attending one of the top acting schools or
How to Prepare for a Cold Reading Audition in 4 Easy Steps
Vying for your dream role on stage or on screen? Any audition can be scary, but especially so if it calls for reading a script without ever seeing it before. Here are some helpful audition tips from Huntington Beach, CA teacher Natalie E. to help you prepare with confidence...   Preparing for a cold reading audition can seem like a daunting task. How can I make strong choices if I'm still on book? How can I truly capture the life of the character if I’m only reading a couple of
Top 6 Dance Schools to Kickstart Your Dance Career
Breaking into the arts is difficult no matter how strong your skills are, but dancing can be particularly challenging because it's also one of the most physically demanding. You'll need the right training and education if you're thinking about dance as a career path. The following schools are considered among the best, having produced a number of successful dancers, choreographers, and other professionals in the industry. Oberlin College & Conservatory Oberlin College & Conservato
Acting Tips: What's in your Toolbox?
As with any profession, actors have tools. Just as a doctor needs a stethoscope or a fireman needs a hose, there are certain items an actor must keep in their toolbox. I usually start classes or lessons by asking my new students or clients what they think these tools might be. Sometimes, the answer is very literal ("Script!"), and other times abstract ("Passion!"). None of these is a wrong answer. Being an actor or artist is subjective and everyone's process is different and valid. But th
11 Ways Artists, Actors, & Students Can Earn Extra Money
Working toward a career in the arts? You're likely taking private classes or refining your skills in school - and with that comes tuition bills and loans, on top of cost of living. How can you survive and still get the training you need? Read on to learn 11 ways to earn extra money with these ideas from New York City teacher Jasmine B...   Recently, I found a definition of a "survival job" as a low-wage, low-skill job that does not utilize one’s professional skills, but is necessa

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