Sign up for both now.
I turned 18 on the way to LA but had already been acting for 10 years and had 5 years of solid theater training before I came so what I would do if I got to do it over is not relevant.
I think too many green actors come to LA and try to build Rome in a day which is a big mistake. They are just in the way, clog up the system and get bad reputations because they put themselves out there too soon.
I recommend a 2 year plan which is about what it takes for most totally green actors to become competitive in the LA market even if they are hot and naturally gifted. Elizabeth Mestnik’s studio would be ideal for this. She has a beginner’s intensive you can take before you dive into the professional program that covers all the basics. It will give you a clue about how to proceed even if you decide not to continue there.
Then take a commercial class (Killian‘s), improv (UCB or IO) and an on camera audition class (Saxon) during the break between the first and second years of the professional program. That will put you in position to start trying to make some of your money back through commercials. You should also be ready to start auditioning for student films and ulb shorts to get some experience and decent footage for later. You will need to get headshots and sign up for the submission services to do all this, so this is where it starts getting expensive.
Then finish the Meisner course and continue auditioning for whatever you can and possibly submit to some commercial agents. Then submit to theatrical agents once you are close to finishing your Meisner foundation and have enough good footage. Continue to study a variety of techniques for the rest of your life after that.
Are there many opportunities on those sites if I don't have representation?
Those are the two sites you HAVE to join. When you get an agent, you'll have to join those sites for that's where agents submit their clients through.
These are also the only two serious sites where there's opportunity to build your resume and clip library as well.
How do you decide which classes are advantageous as an ongoing basis as opposed to something you'd only take once?
Also, what is the duration of most courses? I am in a grad program (completely unrelated to acting) and only have time to take classes during summer and winter break at the moment until I graduate.
Normally, class sessions are in month blocks (4 weeks).
Most month long classes are once a week and some are twice a week.
If you're honest with yourself, you should know if you're growing or not. If you're not growing, leave. The teacher isn't going to be butt-hurt.
Thank you, Truth! I really appreciate your input and advice. I'm trying to find out as much as possible about the industry so that I'm be ready post-grad with a plan of action to pursue acting seriously and efficiently.
Hey Drasnian, check out Tess Kirsch for a cold reading teacher/on going coach as well. She teaches the same style as Annie G and Saxon T but has a special knack for training actors who go out for college age roles and below. Lots of other actors your age(Master Young Actors Class), and has been great with helping me channel my theatre acting skills into on camera skills.
LA.BA-Theatre Student, what kind of style do they teach? It seems to be on camera, if that's a style? I checked out Tess's website and the Masters Young Actor's Class is invite only and has an age limit (16-23). I am in my mid twenties, but often get mistaken for a high schooler. Would I be eligible based on actual age or what age I can portray?
You'd probably be in her Wednesday adult class.
Tess, Annie, and Saxon focus on imagination and creating the other person.
Tess also used to teach at Margie Haber Studios like Annie and Saxon too so the class setup is similar.
FIRST, take the audition intensive with either Annie or Saxon. And as an ongoing class, Tess is probably the best deal because she's cheaper and she invites a casting director during the last week of class. If it's a 6 week class, then a comedy cd 3rd week and a dramatic cd 6th week.
Yes, imagination like TT said. I took the audition intensive with Annie, then did Tess' groundworks(script analysis) class, and after that she recommended I take the Master Young Actors class, which I do as an ongoing. After the groundwork's class she'll recommend you take either the master class or advanced adult class depending on what types of projects you go out for more. Predominately high school aged roles=master young actors. There are mid twenties peeps in both classes.
Can anyone refer me to acting classes in Orange County? Thanks.
Highly recommend R.J. Adams of the Actors Workshop. I think it's the ONLY school in Orange County that is up to par with most of the LA acting schools.
South Coast Repertory is good too, but it's more theatre oriented and is more for hobbyists and retirees.
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