Yes, it was him alright. I met him when I enlisted in the school and he has a monumental painting of himself so there's no way I could be mistaken. I'm not really trying to bash the guy or slander his name, just sharing my experience which happened to be bad. I'm sure others like your cousin would differ.
There are no top acting schools in general in LA. It just depends on where you fit and what you like. Once you learn the basics of acting, which takes place pretty quickly, you can study anywhere you want and get equal benefit. It is mostly about working in a safe environment under a teacher who offers constructive, beneficial critiques of your work. Once you learn the basics (which again, is pretty fast) it is just a matter of getting up and doing it over and over and over again. And really, you can do it anywhere. Even with a group of friends...and for FREE.
I did Kimberly Jentzen's 3 day intensive here in LA and felt it was a waste of my time and money. It was 3 days of her selling her revised book and talking about casting the war movie she was directing. A lot of non instructional chit chat with a few students that she knew from previous classes. 15 minute breaks would turn into 45 or an hour. I got nothing out of it. Other than she has a huge ego. I did get to take home a deck of her Emotion Cards though...
I am currently studying with Meindl and like him very much. Not everyone is going to love a teacher. Every single acting teacher in LA has those who love them and those who hate them. It depends on you, the actor, what you like and where you fit in.
My beef with most acting teachers in this town is there is too much emphasis on "The Power of Positive Thinking". The whole "If you close your eyes really hard, click your heels together three times, then you will likely land in Oz" BS is just too misleading in my opinion. I know they have to teach that to an extent, because most people in LA are all about achieving stardom. They could careless about true acting technique.
But hey, gotta give the people what they want ... to an extent ...or you will be out of business very soon.
Yet you enjoy the most notorious Tony Robbins wannabe in LA...
My friend, most acting teachers are tony robbins...they have to be. You know that.
Yes, but you're studying with the BIGGEST wannabe of them all.
I met & worked with actors who are studying with the great (Castle, Fine, Meindl, etc.) and... no, great classes do not make you great actors. Evaluate yourself. Are you a hard-working, educated, smart actor? If you are, and you are open to new ideas and smart with your choices, you will thrive no matter where you go. Audit the class. See if their approach works for you AND your issues.
EX: I'm very cebrebral and academic (great asset in memorizing and breaking down scripts), but my issue is to get to the emotional core of the character, especially in cold-read. So I take a lot of improv and acting classes that focus on these issues. I also make sure these classes are taught by people who also come from an academic background because then they can understand my problem of over-thinking things and help me find a way around it.
I really advice against taking a class without an audit. Even if they are cheap, promising the moon, and popular. I hear way too many woes from actors who went this route. Luckily I have never had a bad experience spending my money on classes, but I ask around and audit for a month before deciding on one. I highly recommend you take your time for your research. Classes are so expensive, and you don't want to make the wrong choice.
You can't just come in here, say that sh*t and not give a recommendation. I'm also very academic and over-think things.
I love auditing, but a lot of places don't allow it because they want to "respect" their actors and the process. I understand why. New people sitting in all the time is distracting. Especially if they sit there and play with their phone and generally just don't care. But I agree. Audit if you can.
I'm glad you're an academic, that means you understand that your attitude towards others, especially those you disagree with, reflects the level of your intelligence.
I can't give a rec regarding THE top acting classes because, if you read my post, I don't agree with the idea. For me a top acting class is one that helps you, and how do you know if it helps? Are you going to base that on how popular it is? Or how is it going to truly speak to you and your issues?
If people just want a list of acting classes that everyone knows and respects (doesn't matter if they help them), then I think that list can be found on Top Rated Acting Classes of 20-- on Backstage. Again, I mentioned some of those names as well. But how is it going to help reharshing those names? I used myself as an ex. to show how my process worked for me, and that's my 2 cents. I can't speak for others. I don't know the "one" answer, so I shared the answer I found for myself. People care too much about "names". That's a problem. That was my point.
Didn't disagree with you, just wanted to know who YOU personally recommended.
I don't give a shit about names, really. If I did, I would be going to the top 5 most popular schools so that I could just list them on my resume. But I'm not. I want to be good and I want to work in class. I like hole-in-the-wall classes the best. I admire Roy London. He taught numerous A-listers in his living room and nobody knew his name until years later when one or two people thanked him in their acceptance speeches. That's basically what I'm after.
I can tell in person whether I click with a teacher or not. But I like recommendations so I can at least go check them out for myself.
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