Acting classes run the gamut in both effectiveness and legitimacy. Because there is no real way to measure the effectiveness of one class over another, it can be difficult to tell whether or not you are working with a legitimate acting teacher. The truth is, you might actually learn something from even the most inexperienced teacher, but you also don’t want to invest a fortune in purchasing several classes from someone who will not help you grow as an artist. Here are 3 tips to find the right acting class for you.
Don’t spend a fortune until you know what you are investing in
Most legitimate and reputable acting teachers or coaches understand students need to find the right fit. If they really know what they are doing, they probably aren’t hurting that badly for students. Take a few classes first, if you feel you are getting something out of it, purchase a package and dive in deeper.
Understand there is no ONE best method or technique
Most professional actors will take a wide range of classes and be well versed in a number of different techniques. More often than not, they will find one that works best for them that they may use more than others, but it doesn’t mean the others are invalid. One of the best things to do is to try a few different classes with a few different instructors. When you find one that “clicks” for you, stick with that one for a bit.
Two teachers can teach the same methodology and you will understand one crystal clearly and have absolutely no idea what the other one is talking about. Acting teachers are artists that all speak their own language. Some you will click with, some you will not. Some will teach concrete concepts in clear, concise language, while others will speak in metaphors and give you “general ideas.” While you will eventually want to learn the skill of working with different instructors (which will help you learn how to work better with different directors), you want to find one at first that you really understand.