Acting Courses come in various shapes and sizes and run the gamut of styles and techniques. In a field that’s results are predominantly based on other people’s opinions you need to know what you’re getting into before you make the commitment. If you are just beginning to look into a foundation acting course here are five reasons to run screaming into another profession and save yourself (and colleagues) a lot of anguish.
You’re already a star…
A foundation acting course is not for anyone who feels that they are already above learning the craft. As actors we never stop learning. It is the experiences that we have throughout our lives that enrich what we do on stage or in front of a camera. There is nothing worse than an actor who already feels that they have cracked the code. If that’s true, I wish you well, I’ll be looking forward to your first Oscar speech.
You’re not willing to take on the discipline required.
Taking on any course of study needs to be taken as the serious commitment that it is. Even though acting is subjective it is still an artform that requires immense amounts of focus, stamina, and grit. We often like to look at the business and see the glamour and gold dust, but what we don’t see is the sometimes years of graft, delays, long hours, constant rejection and so on, and so on. Yes, sometimes individuals are plucked from obscurity and it’s a straight line to stardom...but they are the exception not the rule. If you think that you won’t have to put in the work, than an acting course is not for you.
You’re not willing to open up and be truthful with yourself.
Although acting should never be a substitution for therapy, it does have the similar mantras of openness and truth that you would find discussing with a counselor. A foundation acting course will expect you to know thyself or at the very least be ready to show that self. You don’t have to be a powerhouse of confidence, but if you enter an acting course surrounded by walls and fear, you will be doing a detriment to yourself and your fellow classmates.
You don’t play nice with others.
Speaking of fellow classmates, be ready to meet every type of person you never knew existed. A foundation acting course will attract all walks of life, and going hand in hand with a willingness to be truthful is having the ability to play nice with others and support each other as you explore your chosen acting course. You need to be ready to support others, explore, be embarrassed and fail in front of strangers. If you do, you will find those strangers will soon become your closest friends and confidants. Have an ego, be jealous, or unsupportive? Woe to you. Do something else.
You don’t know what you want.
Now there is nothing wrong with taking a leap and taking a foundation acting course because you want to try something new, but you need to have absolute commitment when you are in it. Others will be there with an understanding that this acting course is the only thing they want to do. They will work tirelessly. If you’ve decided to take the course to improve your skills within your hobby, step aside and let someone who wants to devote themselves to the art take your place.
A foundation acting course is an amazing step to take to bridge you from amateur to budding professional, but you have to make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons and with full understanding of what you’re getting into. If you can avoid all of the above and want it...go for it.
Break a Leg. Michael-Alan Read