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What training have you received that helps in your career?

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I m hoping to become an Actor, and so I am curious what training helps the most with doing that profession well. #acting #actors #performing-arts

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Melody’s Answer

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Acting school is really vital in developing your craft, and understanding what works best for you. The biggest misconception is that acting is simply saying lines - it's about expressing emotion, understanding how to tap into your own life experiences, and making characters come to life. It's also understanding how to use and manipulate your voice and body, proper breathing techniques, and physicality. It's a lot!

I highly recommend finding an acting school to get started and understand what it entails.

From there, start looking into auditions for student films and the like - I know it's not always fun to do work for free, but that is how a lot of actors start out. It also helps you practice auditioning, which is fundamental to acting - and fundamental to booking gigs! Nothing educates you more than actually being on set! That will also help you build your show reel and CV. You need clips of you in productions, not just acting class, to get an agent if you want to start booking commercial and theatrical work.

Having a solid work ethic is also great with building your network; a majority of my work was booked through my network after they worked with me .

Melody recommends the following next steps:

  • Attend acting school if possible.
  • Start auditioning!
  • Jump into student films or other film projects where you can.
  • Collate your work into a showreel and start looking for an agent once you've built a body of work
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In my 27 years in the military I have been trained as a Water Purification Specialist and a Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Specialist as well as attending Officer Candidate School, and the Captains Career Course. Along the way I have gotten an Associates in Applied Science, a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry / Geology and a Masters Degree in Environmental Health and Safety. All without getting 1 dollar in student loans. For me the military provided the discipline and fundamental skills of a life long educational plan that has helped me in each of my careers.


Now the military is not the only way to get these skills. You can get them through internships, apprenticeships, volunteering or being lucky enough to find a mentor to help you navigate the early steps of your life. Good luck!

I mean, that's nice, and that is very impressive, but I don't really see how those training courses help with a career in acting or the dramatic arts. Seems only vaguely related as general career skills. Hunter S.
Oliver Stone, Clint Eastwood, Elvis, Morgan Freeman, Chuck Norris, Pat Sajak, Johnny Carson, the list goes on and on, why because the went in, they learned what they needed to learn and they got out. Sure they learned how to get along with others, how to be disciplined, they put up with struggle and what truly being uncomfortable is like. These are things you can't learn in college. Also I took an intro to acting class the kids in the theater program actually mostly failed it. Mostly, I think, because they lacked the qualities stated above. The teacher liked me because i followed instructions, I passed assignments in on time and I picked a scene that me and my partners nailed. It was a scene from Biloxi Blues and when we were done she asked if I had ever acted before. John Medeiros
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