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Do I Real Need To Go To College For Acting


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I'm in the 11 grade
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Doc’s Answer

Although no formal training is strictly required to become an actor Dante, actors usually go through formal dramatic education and long training to improve their skills. While natural talents are important and are sometimes sufficient for acquiring acting jobs, preparing for an acting career may be done by obtaining formal education. You can enroll in a bachelor's degree program in theater or radio and television broadcasting. College degree programs will allow you to expand your skills in various acting fields, including impromptu acting, sketch comedy, voiceover work and musical theater, while building your portfolio. A college degree program in drama or theatre includes coursework such as voice and diction, stagecraft, acting theory and stage management. Actors need whatever experience they can get in order to improve their skills and gain more recognition. Participating in college productions is an excellent way to bolster your resume and gain experience on stage or in front of a camera. It is important to keep copies of the recordings of these performances to show potential employers when auditioning for a role.

Because endless roles are available, the more an actor knows how to do, the wider the variety of auditions you'll be able to attend. For example, learning foreign accents or impressions may appeal to a certain market that was previously unattainable. Some roles may require that actors know how to sing, dance or both. Taking classes and practicing different skills can help actors prepare to play a variety of different characters and more options on the job market. Many actors also start by participating in community theater productions. Others may choose to perform publicly at 'open mic' nights held by local venues. Performing in other public settings, such as nightclubs or dinner theaters, can also help beginners get real world experience and help them become comfortable in front of an audience.

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Dante you should also consider maintaining a personal website where they can upload their resume, reel (video compilation of notable performances), biography, and headshots. Social media websites and applications can be extremely beneficial tools for actors looking to become more well known and reputable.
Many actors choose to enlist the help of an acting coach, who is more experienced than they are. This coach helps them prepare for roles and find auditions while teaching them tricks of the trade.
Thank you comment icon Thank you so much Mr John thank you for given your good feedback i appreciate you so much Dante
Thank you comment icon Your Welcome Dante. Believe you can and you’re halfway there. Doc Frick
Thank you comment icon And i Believe i can Dante
Thank you comment icon hard to give more advice than what John did. Mickael Rosenberg
Thank you comment icon Thank You Mickael. Alone, we can do so little; together we can do so much. Doc Frick
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Mickael’s Answer

It's hard to complete John's answer but I think there is one point that he made that I want to add onto it. Sometimes, formal training and academic and ever trainings can provide you with feedback to improve your skills, be aware about things work and do not work which may not be obvious outside view.

For actors, the body expressions, the way you talk, how you act feelings can be improved by teachers feedback, with some psychology behind how people perceives body language and so on.
While, as John said, this a domain when innate abilities work well, you can always improve them with some academical backup and improve them by knowing related topics.

Never under-estimate the power of knowledge.
Thank you comment icon Thank you so much Mr Mickael Dante
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Kelly’s Answer

Hi Dante,

I would think long and hard about why you want to be an actor - I used to constantly think about being an actor because I thought that fame would make me feel loved (if I was being really honest with myself) and I think somewhere in my mind I thought it would allow me to feel better, acting out my emotions and fantasies, but the reality is, most of these "fantasies" tend to promote bad morality in our world - pride, violence, mockery, lying, lust, greed, anger, vengeance, risk-taking, perversion, drugs and alcohol, none of which are part of being a nice person. As I look at actors as an adult, I see people who for the most part have lives that I wouldn't like to have. There is a constant pressure to be perfect in the eyes of the public and a constant state of anxiety in these folks knowing that they could never live up to that pressure, people who jump from relationship to relationship leaving destruction in the wake, including kids and exes. Only God can hold the weight of our need to follow Him - we can't do it for ourselves and we can't find it in famous actors/ musicians, and only His love will make us feel whole - not the admiration of people. It's part of why actors/ musicians work and work and seek and nothing fulfills.

I know my answer won't be the popular one, but it is the truth. We weren't made to be "famous" - we were made to worship God and let Him be famous/ glorious.

I hope this helps you.

Kelly Albright
Thank you comment icon Hi Kelly, thanks for your thoughtful input! However, it doesn't address the student's question. We want to avoid being discouraging, even though it is true that negative situations befall SOME actors. While the concerns you mention are valid, it's not a generalization I would make about all acting professionals as to discourage Dante’s interest. For example, acting as a discipline is broader than “famous” actors and includes small theatre companies maintained and enjoyed primarily by the local community. Do you have any additional advice for this student that answers their question about college? Or, maybe you have some constructive tips to avoid the harmful circumstances you mentioned? Just some ideas! I want to make sure we provide the student helpful advice based on their question. Alexandra Carpenter, Admin
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