I always think you need to find the best person, and then learn all you can from them. The problem is that most acting teachers are people who didn’t make it as actors. So they are definitely not the best. Well, now you can learn from the best. I came across an advertisement promoting a MasterClass with Kevin Spacey.
Why Learn From A Star?
House of Card is one of my favorite TV shows, and Kevin Spacey does not need an introduction. We know him from things like The Usual Suspects and American Beauty. We all know he is a fantastic actor, and learning from a two-time Academy Award winner is something very special.
The MasterClass costs only $90 and it will give you his approach to acting in an exlusive five hour online class. If you learned just one skill, get one new idea, learn one practical technique; wouldn’t it be worth it.
The same website also has a course with Dustin Hoffman if you prefer him more, or want twice the amount of acting experience and wisdom.
Here’s a great summary of the course by the teacher himself!
Should You Try It?
Whether you go and sign up doesn’t matter to me. I don’t get paid for endorsing these courses. I just wanted to share with you the importance of continuously learning new skills and techniques. I also honestly believe there is no one better to learn from, than people that have done it. People that are successful leave clues, and you can learn from their experience, learn from the mistakes, and find short cuts to get to where they are.
Watching a five-hour class is clearly not going to guarantee you become a legendary actor just like Kevin Spacey. Of course not. But it certainly will improve your chances of getting that next part, doing well in that next audition and learning those skills you just have to know to succeed in the theater world.
In this video you’ll learn the fastest ways to become an actor, even if you have no experience. For those looking for shortcuts and easy ways, you will be very disappointed. Acting is not easy. You’ll have to earn your reputation, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any tips or faster ways to the top.
Keep learning, keep doing, and whatever happens, make sure you keep on going. Go after your dreams, or live a life with zero fulfillment.
Share your thoughts and ideas of this video in the comment section below. Did it motivate you? Did it discourage you from pursuing your acting dreams?
Just like an author, you need to read. My favorite quote from Stephen King, is if you want to be an author, then read lots. The next step is to write lots. The same applies to acting. Go watch as many theatre plays as you possibly can. Read as many plays as you can find. Go audition to every play you would like to be in. Just be active.
The key is not to be sitting on the sidelines and dreaming of being a superstar. Instead go out there and do everything you can.
So to summarize, the three top tips are:
1. Go watch every play out there
2. Read as many plays as you can get your hands on
3. Go audition and get some actual practice!
The fourth tip is something almost no one else does. Go meet as many people in the industry as possible. Get advice, make friends, and make contacts. This will help you find out about auditions you may never hear of otherwise. It will get you thinking like these poeple do. You’ll also make contacts that can get you parts. The advice alone is worth the effort. Don’t make your own way, leverage other people.
4. Go talk to people
Now, the most difficult for tip number 5.
5. Develop new skills
Go learn something new. It might be accent training, it might be learning a new language. I don’t really care what it is, but go do something new and add it to your repertoire. The more skills you have, the more valuable you become. Find out what kind of skills you need for your dream role. Do you need to be able to sing, then go take singing lessons. Do you need to be able to dance? Well, go take a local dance class. It’s simple stuff. But most people just won’t do it. It’s either just laziness or fear stopping them, but after reading this post, you should be inspired to go out and do something new!
Let me know in the comments below what your favorite tip is, and what you’ll be doing to improve your chances of getting that part you always dreamed off getting.