Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Acting Class: It’s Not Just for Beginners
There is a popular industry opinion that actors should always be in class, no matter what level of success they’ve achieved. I’ve heard it from producers and casting directors alike – actors need to always be working on their craft and keeping their skills sharp.
I stopped taking acting class a few years ago – mostly for financial reasons, but also because I thought I didn’t need it. “I’m on a roll,” I thought. “I can fly on my own for a while.”
But now, after not having booked a role in months, I’m heading back into the classroom with the great Doug Warhit, an incredible teacher who helped transform my acting when I first arrived in LA. Back then, he helped me go from a Boston stage actor to booking TV roles in a matter of months.
Second impression? Super fun. Getting in front of the camera, working out a scene, finding my character’s inner life – the most enjoyable work I’ve ever had in my life.
Finally, I’ve missed acting. Most of my co-star TV auditions involve 3 or 4 lines at most. It’s been a while since I’ve tried breaking down a five-page scene. My technique was rusty, so I look forward to really transforming it over the next few weeks.
What do you love about acting class?