FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


WHAT AGE IS BEST TO START MY CHILD IN ACTING CLASSES?
We have found through experience that age 6 is a great time to start! They are learning classroom structure and their listening skills are developing. Children this age are less inhibited and truly love the workshops.
 
WHAT ABOUT SCAMS?
Unfortunately, they are out there. Yes, there are so-called acting schools that will take your money and promise stardom. Don't believe it! We hope that the reputable ones far outweigh the scams. You should be able to learn the craft of acting without spending thousands of dollars and receiving false promises of success.
 
DO I NEED AN AGENT?
Yes, but not yet. First you should take some good acting classes, do some local work and build up a resume. Be wary of an agency that requires you to pay an upfront fee in order to represent you. Most legitimate agencies make money ONLY by taking a commission from their talent's work, usually 10%. Be informed, ask questions!
 
WILL ACTING WORKSHOPS INTERFERE WITH MY CHILD'S SCHOOL WORK?
It shouldn't. It should be taken in the same regard as ballet, horseback riding, karate lessons and soccer practice. Education should always come first. Casting directors and agents are always looking for kids that have a life outside acting. They want to see an actor, but also a child. If the child is doing well in school, they should have extra curricular activities going on. The older your child, the more responsible they should be about their education, their life and the commitment to their career choice; whether an acting career or anything else.
 
IS THERE A MARKET FOR MY AGE AND TYPE?
Of course! Today's 'types' come in all ages, shapes and sizes! You never know what a Casting Director is looking for and sometimes THEY don't even know! You could be the one! Take a look at commercials. They want REAL people! People who can ACT!
 
SHOULD I TAKE ACTING CLASSES IF I WANT TO BE A MODEL?
YES! Modeling is just one piece of the pie. In today's world, models must have good acting skills as well. How many models do you see out there who are now in TV and movies? A lot! Think about beauty commercials. Modeling opens one door and has a short lived lifespan. Coupled with acting skills, more doors open.
 
WHAT ABOUT COMMERCIALS? IS THAT REAL ACTING?
Never think that acting in commercials is not real acting. A good actor must be versatile enough to move effortlessly and effectively from a play to a commercial to a soap opera to a film or TV show. You can make more money in commercials while you are waiting for that big break!
 
CAN'T I JUST GO TO L.A. AND KNOCK ON AGENT'S DOORS?
Go ahead. But you won't get far. Agents are busy people, representing hundreds of clients. Of course, you can spend a lot of money, fly out to L.A., go to open auditions and hope for the best. You can have a list of all the agencies but you probably won't get past their secretary. If you don't have any training, good luck!
 
HOW LONG DOES TRAINING TO BE AN ACTOR TAKE?
Being an actor is a life-long commitment to becoming a master at your craft. You can get the basics and a good solid foundation by taking acting classes, but you must have the drive and the passion to continue honing and developing your skills. The most successful actors continue to take acting classes through-out their career. They continue on their journey to better their craft. Actors research and develop their roles by taking acting classes and coaching.


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