Choosing your acting coach wisely is one of the most important things you can do for your acting career. Why? Because they’re a great influence in the way you develop your skills and they will have a huge impact on the rest of your career.
Many aspiring actors make the same common mistake: choosing their acting coach for the wrong reasons. Reasons such as the coach used to be a casting director, they’re just the cheapest option, they’re located close by, they have some sort of deal, etc. These are not the right things to be looking at.
To make sure this is not the case, here are the most important things you should consider when choosing an acting coach to make sure they’re the right fit for you!
- Good chemistry is vital
When you’re deciding which acting coach is the right fir for you, you need to ask yourself whether they and their technique are right for you. Depending on your location, you’ll find a wide array of choices for acting coaches. When you’re combing through them, make sure you choose someone you can trust enough to be open with.
This is where chemistry is vital. If you two don’t hit it off and you don’t feel like they’re approachable, then your relationship as acting coach and trainee won’t be successful. You might be dazzled by someone’s resume and experience, but if you meet them and you two just don’t understand each other, you won’t be able to learn from them.
- They need to be experienced
When you’re looking for an acting coach you absolutely need to do your research, there’s just no way around it. You need to gather evidence about your candidates and make sure they have enough experience in the area you want to work on. You may have started by searching the Internet for acting coaches near you, but you can also ask your aspiring actor friends or any other people you may already know in the industry. They will point you in the right direction, but make sure you learn as much as you can about that person’s experience and methodology before you meet them
- Plan your audition or meeting well
Once you’ve narrowed down your list of possible acting coaches, you need to schedule a class. More than that, you need to plan your class well and make sure you prepare not just your answers to their questions, but also the questions you want to ask them. Making a good impression on a possible acting coach is important, and if you are going to work with them you also need to understand how you will work together. This is a great opportunity to measure whether or not you can work together and understand each other well.
- Embrace what they have to offer and give the class a go
You’ve done your prep, now it’s time to try them out. Once you’re there, have a good time. Meet the instructor, get to know the other students, ask your questions, and get up to work with the other students in the class. There’s a lot you can learn not only from the way that the instructor works with you, but also from how they work with everyone else in the class. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, talk, and get up to work if the instructor is alright with it. After class pull the instructor aside and let them know what your takeaways were and take the opportunity to ask any questions you might still have. Be open to something new, and even an unfamiliar instructor may become exactly what you needed.
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- Don’t focus on price alone
You know you’ve found the right acting coach for you when you guys just connect. This has nothing to do with price, so don’t focus solely on that. If you’re on a budget, stick to that budget and meet people within your price range. But don’t choose an acting coach simply based on the dollars you’ll be saving. There are many more important things to consider!
As an aspiring actor, an acting coach is an investment. As such, you need to do your research and make sure you choose the right fit for you. If you make this decision based on money and the fact that you want to save as much of it as possible, your acting coach might be more expensive in the long run because they will cost you opportunities.
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