Insanity is defined as “doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results.”
Practice is defined as “performing an activity or exercising a skill repeatedly in order to improve or maintain proficiency”
I find acting to be a fine balance of both! Learning and growing are crucial to your career. You will never improve without consistently honing your skills. Whether you are a fledgling actor not even knowing where to start or a seasoned and well resumed actor, small carburetor adjustments (if you will) could be the tipping point to help you stand out from the crowd.
There are many avenues to explore within the industry; workshops, weekly classes, webinars, and private coaches just to name a few!
The first step is identifying your weaknesses. Do you know them? Don’t allow ego to get in the way! If you are attending auditions and not landing them you must find out why, or start off with the basics! Auditioning 101.
It could be your actual initial impression to casting or lack there of that is the issue. It could be your skills at improv, it could be your skills at delivering a script. There are many things that could need tweaking and sadly, casting directors are way too busy to tell Agents why an actor isn’t being booked.
Casting Directors see hundreds of actors in a week, they cannot be expected to give feedback anymore then an employer can tell unsuccessful interviews why they didn’t get hired.
If you are not getting hired then you must take matters into your own hands.
The first step is to find a class or course that works for you. Does it focus on what you need to learn? Is it run by a seasoned and reputable industry leader? Speak to your agent before you invest in anything as it could be a waste of time and money.
Some classes offer auditing. This is a great way to get a feel for what is being offered. Remember, not every coach will work for every actor. Sometimes its about finding a connection more than the information. Anyone can deliver a message, its going to take a certain personality to be able to deliver the message to you in a way that helps you grow.Don’t forget to add the course/class/workshop to your resume! Just as with a corporate resume, furthering your range and skill set shows not only your dedication but that you are willing to be taught.
We will not list workshops as there are many that our actors have gained benefit from…it depends on the actor and their experience. Our message to you is to make sure that you invest in yourself and find out any issues right away. Don’t wait until your audition skills become habit as you could be doing the wrong thing over and over again.