Beginner Acting

Commercials, Scene Work, Improv and Auditions

Each of our Acting Sessions are 8 weeks and run continuously throughout the year. Students have the option of taking one 8 week class as a trial to see how they like it. Our normal acting package runs 40 weeks, and then for those who are pursuing acting, we have ongoing continued advanced acting classes. We take ages 5 – Adult for all levels including Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. Our classes are all on camera so the students can see where they are doing well and where they need to improve.

When working on commercial activity, scene work or auditions, the students will learn how to have high energy that is believable, yet not over the top. The students will learn the difference between auditioning for a commercial versus a film. We like to start with teaching the students how to stay focused and eliminating bad fidgety habits. Improv is another aspect we work on to help the students think more quickly on their feet. This helps with every day life, interviews and more believable acting.

The course is sub-specialized for various age groups, too, so students of all ages can benefit without regard to prior experience.

Ages 5-12
Some topics include: Commercial Activity introduction, Improvisational Acting, working with other actors, the parents’role, how to be a pro–even at a young age, be memorable, film technique vs. stage technique, and auditioning for your first roles.

Ages 13-16
Some topics include: Commercial Activity, Intro to Improv, the “Moment Before,” how to memorize, how to stand out, how to talk with casting directors, what is expected of you in show biz, interviews and auditions.

17-Adult
Commercial Activity, One and Two Lines, Short Scenes, How to book the part, How to lose the part, Headshots/Resumes, the Business of Show Business, and Mock Agent Interviews.

Acting

Introduction to Making Your Emotions Believable (On Camera)

As a class we go through several scenes and break them down together and individually. Step by step, we go through the work that is expected of actors once they are handed a script. This process includes finding the 5 points to every scene, (Surface level story, Character Development, Theme, Value change, and an Action or object that underlines previous four) and how that applies to each character in the scene. Once we set the expectations of what is expected of every actor during the pre-production stage, we start to explore the concept of “cue and impulse” and how it builds in every scene. From there we move onto the character’s psychological intent and how an actor uses that to make BIG choices. Students learn to understand a scene’s structure and how it applies to every character in the scene.

Ages 5-12
Some topics to include: How to stay on track, focus and concentration, finding the funny, making the script your own, never complain/never explain, getting past rejection, working with your agent, and what do casting directors want?

Ages 13-16
Topics include: What is this scene really about?, Preparation, when in doubt—work it out, subtext, building your resume, when to say “no,” knowing your “type,” and don’t let this happen to you.

17-Adult
Topics include: Commit to your choices, never guess wrong again, finding the inner meaning in a scene, how to deal with rejection, maintaining “consistency,” how to be a pro, working with difficult actors, and building a career.