I’ve got some good news! You don’t have to be graduated from a four-year program at a college to become an actor. Even if you studied international relations like me, don’t hesitate to take an action. Sounds like a given, doesn’t it? Once you get discovered, then it’s nothing but champagne and caviar. Oh-uh. I’m sorry.
Acting is first and foremost a craft. The best of the Hollywood actors understand this and no matter how far they have come in their careers, they are constantly looking to improve upon their craft. They take classes, work with acting and dialogue coaches, they study life experiences, etc. because they never reach absolute perfection.
If you want to master your craft, you can take some workshop classes or individual classes that fit your needs. First of all, you have to decide whether you want to be on the stage or in front of the cameras while television and theater acting diverge from each other. Lets consider that as an expression of surprise you will raise your eyebrow. Your gestures and mimics have to be clear enough to be understood in the last row. However, you can’t do the same in front of the camera. In fact, television acting requires different set of skills than what they taught in schools of drama. Therefore, taking acting lessons or getting an acting coach can be very helpful for movie star candidates.
If you have not taken any acting classes before, I suggest you to take a wide variety of acting classes. Work in a wide variety of styles with a as many different groups of people that you can find. Try it all. From Shakespeare to comedy, from improv to cinema verite — the more you know, the more well rounded you’ll be and ultimately, the better prepared you’ll be for whatever roles come your way. I think working with an acting coach would be the next step. Once you are done with the all styles and relax within different groups, then it would be better to start working with a coach one by one.
To sum up here are a few tips:
- Learn your craft: acting is not easy and like any other art form, it must be mastered.
- Take acting classes according to your needs
- Try different styles, work with different groups, challenge yourself
- Get an acting coach when it’s time to get more professional
- Watch other actors and movies carefully
And don’t forget. There are a number of top tier actors who make a point of working with acting coaches to be sure they remain at the top of their game and keep relevant. You can never know too much.