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Do you really need acting classes to become a actor?

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Asked at 2011.03.16 22:28:10
It helps. Decent acting classes should make anyone with talent better... even just a class which teaches the basics like "the method" or character development or breathing, projection, and enunciation.

They can also give you more depth as an actor. Have you ever noticed that some well known actors are good but always seem to be playing themselves "as" the character? Tom Cruise is a good example. No matter the role, it's always Tom Cruise as the secret agent, Tom Cruise as the father whose town is invaded by aliens, etc. He's entertaining and marketable, but don't expect to see him holding an Oscar anytime soon.

Other actors, like Meryl Streep, seem to become different people for different roles.

The difference? Often it's training as an actor which can hone basic talent and give it depth.

Acting coaches can also give you the information you need to to make an idiot of yourself at auditions. They'll tell you how and what to prepare, what to bring, what not to do, etc. You can have all the talent in the world, but if you're wasting the casting directors time because you didn't know how or what to prepare, you'll never get to show it.

If you have access to community theatre and are interested in learning "the ropes" of acting and auditioning, you can learn a lot there, too. It might be a good starting place.

Good Luck!!
answer bumsteadowl  Answered at 2011.03.16 22:28:10
It helps. Decent acting classes should make anyone with talent better... even just a class which teaches the basics like "the method" or character development or breathing, projection, and enunciation.

They can also give you more depth as an actor. Have you ever noticed that some well known actors are good but always seem to be playing themselves "as" the character? Tom Cruise is a good example. No matter the role, it's always Tom Cruise as the secret agent, Tom Cruise as the father whose town is invaded by aliens, etc. He's entertaining and marketable, but don't expect to see him holding an Oscar anytime soon.

Other actors, like Meryl Streep, seem to become different people for different roles.

The difference? Often it's training as an actor which can hone basic talent and give it depth.

Acting coaches can also give you the information you need to to make an idiot of yourself at auditions. They'll tell you how and what to prepare, what to bring, what not to do, etc. You can have all the talent in the world, but if you're wasting the casting directors time because you didn't know how or what to prepare, you'll never get to show it.

If you have access to community theatre and are interested in learning "the ropes" of acting and auditioning, you can learn a lot there, too. It might be a good starting place.

Good Luck!!
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