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Online Acting Classes

Looking for an online acting class?

There are a lot of them out there, especially now. If you are considering an online acting class, here are some things to keep in mind:

  1. You are putting your emotional vulnerability in the hands of someone.
  2. There is no official certificate for being qualified. Anyone can call themselves an acting teacher, and with a lot of online classes going on, there are a lot of new people out there.
  3. You are making an investment; financially, personally, and energetically. Do your research and make the best decision for you.
  4. Audit 3-5 classes to get a comparison and see what is out there.

Here are a few questions to answer when considering an online acting class:

  1. How long has the teacher been doing this work?
  2. Do they have a website? How long in business?
  3. Are they a solo teacher or do they work for a school? And why?
  4. What is their curriculum?
  5. How much is the class?
  6. How many people in the class?
  7. Will the classes be recorded? If so who will see them?
  8. How often will you actually work in the class?
  9. Any reviews or references?
  10. Why are they teaching on line classes?
  11. What is their vision statement about their work?
  12. What is their technique?
  13. What is their background? Educationally and professionally.
  14. How long a commitment do you need to make?
  15. What specifically will you get out of the class?
  16. Can you audit the class?
  17. Do they charge for the audit?
  18. When auditing a class, is it an observation audit or a participating audit?
  19. How will the teacher “see” you and “get” who you are?
  20. What techniques and exercises happen in the class?

Most importantly, it has to “feel” right and be a fit for you. It is very personal.

I think finding a good acting teacher is like finding a doctor, a fitness coach, or a therapist. You want to be “seen”, challenged, pushed, yet feel safe.  If it doesn’t feel right take a good look at why. You can and should try a class and see how it goes. Be cautious about those requiring a long term commitment and a lot of money upfront.  Your concerns can be great instincts, trust them. After all, so much of acting is about instinct.

Good luck!

Fran Montano

Author: Fran Montano

Fran Montano - is the owner and Artistic Director of The Actors Workout Studio, located in the NoHo Arts District for nearly 30 years. It is one of the longest running small, intimate theaters and Acting Schools in the Los Angeles area. AWS was created to being a “home” for aspiring and working actors were the work not only includes classes and training, but personal coaching, career planning, networking, showcasing, and regular performing. His students range from beginning actors, accomplished actors who work regularly in film, television, and stage, as well as numerous working directors and writers. His style is on an individual basis and in his small, intimate classes, it’s like working with a private coach. His reputation is in finding and breaking actors blocks Fran’s background as an actor, in producing, directing and theater makes him an excellent resource for actors in Los Angeles, in finding their way both in their talent, and promoting their career. Visit www.actorsworkout.com for more information and a schedule of classes and productions

Fran Montano
Fran Montano - is the owner and Artistic Director of The Actors Workout Studio, located in the NoHo Arts District for nearly 30 years. It is one of the longest running small, intimate theaters and Acting Schools in the Los Angeles area. AWS was created to being a “home” for aspiring and working actors were the work not only includes classes and training, but personal coaching, career planning, networking, showcasing, and regular performing. His students range from beginning actors, accomplished actors who work regularly in film, television, and stage, as well as numerous working directors and writers. His style is on an individual basis and in his small, intimate classes, it’s like working with a private coach. His reputation is in finding and breaking actors blocks Fran’s background as an actor, in producing, directing and theater makes him an excellent resource for actors in Los Angeles, in finding their way both in their talent, and promoting their career. Visit www.actorsworkout.com for more information and a schedule of classes and productions