This is the one place to tell you where to start looking for acting lessons in your area.
Giving you guidance on what information to find out before joining and explaining what to expect to learn from your class when you do join.
The best place to start seeking out acting lessons is, of course, the internet. It's a vat of information!
Google acting classes or beginner's acting classes and see what comes up. Forums are a great network for finding out what's going on near you.
Some classes you'll find will take place at small private acting schools and acting studios while others will be at local community colleges or arts centers.
Beware of anyone or any agencies that say they can make you famous and then ask for money!
The only way to get good acting work is through hard work and continuous auditioning to get yourself seen.
Make sure they are reputable by checking their website, forums are also a great way to find out what people are saying about them.
Teachers do need to have gone through acting training, but not necessarily teacher training, so enquire about where they trained.
Phone them up and ask if they have any free introductory sessions that you can take part in before joining.
Most schools will charge a fee for a block or a course of lessons, a monthly fee or have a PAYG rate. DO NOT get tied in to a yearly contract!!!!
Start at the beginning with an acting technique class and work your way up from there. I had a great time in my beginners classes. It was a creative outlet for me but also pushed my boundaries allowing for my voice to be heard.
To be able to face your fear of embarrassment and get over it is a very important tool as an actor.
Here are a few links that should be of interest to you in the UK:
What acting schools have you heard of? Let me know and I'll add it to the list.
This isn't just for the UK, so no matter where you live in the world, put your recommendations in the comments section at the bottom of the page.
Step out of your comfort zone!
If you don't know what to expect from acting lessons when you start, don't worry, you are not alone. Most people will feel shy, nervous or embarrassed around a new group, some are just better at hiding it!
Did You Know?
Performing in front of a group builds self-confidence and actually decreases anxiety!
And what will they teach you? A good teacher should teach you how to:
Increase your creativity by using your imagination with improvisation techniques and games. This is great fun! It forces you to get over any shyness very quickly. I learned that I was extremely competitive, who knew!
Bring a character to life through observing human behaviour.
Movement will teach you how to become physically aware about your body's own habits that may prevent you from getting into character.
Learn that by doing a vocal warm-up and articulation exercises greatly improves voice quality, vocal range and prevents tightness and hoarseness.
Analyze a script by breaking it down and taking it apart to see what it's really all about and then put it back together again.
Experimentation is actively encouraged and failure is never frowned upon, it's part of learning.
Take a leap of faith by learning something new about yourself!
A great class should also educate you on different acting methods and techniques based on the teachings of master acting instructors.
Just so that you know what other options are available to you should you choose to take your training further the top four acting styles are:
This is just a hint of what's out there being taught in the world, click here to read more about each of their differences (some of them actually cross over each other!),so by all means do some research and read up on these pioneers of acting!
Wherever you choose to do your acting lessons, under whichever teacher, and learning whatever acting technique, it should always be a safe and supportive environment to work in and by that I mean you should be able to work creatively without fear of embarrassment.
' Expose yourself to your deepest fear;
after that, fear has no power,
and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes.
You are Free.'
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