July 26, 2020
Here are a few things to consider...
1. HOW DO I FIND AN ONLINE ACTING COACH I CAN TRUST?
Whether in-person, or online, actor training is intimate, personal, and, often, life-changing work. For actors seeking a professional career in what is a very competitive business, procuring quality training from an established, reputable training professional is a critical first step to achieving the find of craft excellence needed for success and longevity in your career. When researching an online acting coach it is important to consider a teacher’s training background and credentials, industry knowledge and experience, client list and testimonials, and to witness how that teacher works one-on-one with actors. Insist on a firsthand look at the content of the technique being taught. Ask yourself, “Am I excited, encouraged, and inspired by the work? The collaborative relationship you establish with the online acting coach perfectly suited to your needs and goals is vital to your growth and development. Be proactive. Get a clear sense of a teacher’s style of instruction before making a long-term investment in an acting school or studio. It should resonate with you. Trust your instincts, and choose wisely.
2. DOES ONLINE ACTING INSTRUCTION REALLY WORK?
Effective actor training is multifaceted, diagnostic, and personalized. In the hands of an experienced, reputable acting coach it should deliver measurable, demonstrable results. If the technique you are studying is clear and concise, well-structured and effective, and presented with clarity and passion, it should be impactful regardless of whether the teacher is in the room with you, or communicating instruction from afar. The results you will achieve while training are directly proportional to the time you are willing to spend immersing yourself in what you are learning; what you LOVE. Find a class that encourages a strong work ethic; one that challenges you to be responsible and accountable to yourself, the work, and the time it demands. You will, inevitably, discover that an online acting class is just as effective as one taken in-person at any good school or studio. The unexpected benefit of an online platform for actor training is that students simultaneously learn craft, AND how to adapt the work for the camera. Harness the power of being truly connected, and love the journey!
3. ARE ONLINE ACTING CLASSES HERE TO STAY?
Online acting classes have become a convenient way for actors to remain productive, committed, and connected in community. These new online acting class platforms, born out of necessity, have given creative artists access to the best training resources available without the burden of having to commit to one static geographic location. Diligent actors have an insatiable passion to create at all costs, and a burning, on-going desire to improve and grow in their craft. Recently, the best acting schools and studios have quickly adapted to the current times and launched online acting class options to meet the needs of their students. So much has been gained for actors, teachers, schools and studios alike. At some point, we will, certainly (and happily), reassemble in physical spaces to train together, once again! We are, however, unlikely to abandon the newfound freedom, and empowering benefits of online acting classes. Embrace new possibilities and take advantage of new realities!