I’m always in acting class. I take a scene study class and/or an audition class, pretty much year-round. It’s not that I’m a horrible actor and just can’t figure out how to deliver a line (although there are days when we all feel like that, am I right?). At this point in my career I’m not trying to learn HOW to act. I’m in class to keep my acting muscles toned and in shape so that they are ready to go whenever an opportunity arises. It’s kind of like being an Olympic figure skater: Adam Rippon knows HOW to skate, but he still spends hours a day at the rink twirling and leaping and quad-lutzing his little heart out so that every 4 years he’s ready to go for the gold.
It’s the same with acting. You have to keep practicing otherwise your acting muscles will get flabby. Classes are especially helpful for practicing memorization. If you struggle to learn your lines, you really need to be in an acting class where you have new material thrown at you week after week forcing you to memorize things quickly. Parts of this industry move extremely quickly. During TV pilot season you’re lucky to get 24 hours with a script before having to perform a fully developed character expressed in four scenes spanning 13 pages of sides. You better be able to create a strong character and memorize FAST!
Aside from being a great way to workout your acting muscles, classes are fun and a great way to meet people. I’m still best friends with one of the women I met in my very first LA acting class. Another guy from that program cast me in a feature film he wrote! I met my husband in an improv class! So yeah, classes are great for networking and relationship building of all kinds!
My point is “ABA - Always Be Acting” - You’re an actor, and you love acting, right? So DO IT! All the time! And if your bank account does allow for many classes, get a group of friends together and do scenes for each other. Trust me, it’s better than sitting around waiting for the phone to ring and watching reruns of Friends.
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