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Do you have to go to college to become and Actor or actress

Updated Sioux City, Iowa

Your just acting not really doing math,ela, and world History and other subjects. But it is good to learn more about those subjects. #actor #actress #acting #film #theatre #theater #performing-arts

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Brittany’s Answer

Updated Toronto, Ontario, Canada

This is a great question. The answer is no. School isn't necessarily for everyone - but if you truly want to become an Actor or Actress it is something you have to be willing to study. The more you know about people, the more you understand about how to access your emotions and work on a character the more likely it is that you will succeed. Acting is a really tough industry to be a part of, and sometimes it's helpful to spend some time studying to decide if it's truly what you want to do. I went to university to study film for 2.5 years but left early because as exciting as the program was, I didn't feel it was helping me grow in the ways I needed. I then pursued a different approach to my studies, I went to intensives for acting, studying for 1 week - 4 weeks at a time, working tirelessly with really phenomenal coaches. I went to weekly classes to learn and watch and understand what it took. I think at the end of the day it is up to you to decide whether or not post-secondary education is for you, but no matter what you want - if it's your dream, work for it, and be willing to work hard. The best advice I can give - is that no matter which you choose, educate yourself - learn about people, learn about behaviour, study people and mannerisms, understand yourself the best you can.

Scott’s Answer

Updated Chicago, Illinois

This is a great question. The truth is that you do NEED to go to college to become an actor or actress; however, connections and courses can help pave your way into the industry. Having connections to the places you would like to work and skills to succeed in this field goes a long way.

Even most actors and actresses on tv started out on small roles building their resumes up OR were discovered by someone already embedded in the industry.

Determine where you would like to act. Do you want to be on television? Do you want sing in the opera? Do you want to perform on Broadway? Knowing your goal and approaching colleges with proven track records at employment after college will go along way in helping you reach your dream acting job.

Scott recommends the following next steps:

  • Determine what type of acting you would like to approach.
  • Look for colleges that specialize in acting for that medium.
  • Talk to professors and visit the college to determine if it is the right fit for you.