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Get Better as an Actor

It can’t get you any worse right?

Regardless of our skill level or where we are in our craft, we can always get better. But the problem is that there is so much crap out there. Also classes aren’t necessarily the best ways to improve your skills in an art that requires practice, failing and failing even more to get better. So what do we do?

You need to stop sitting around and waiting for something to happen. Make it happen. The best way to get better at craft is to actually do it. Create your own content. Acting classes are great and all but they can only do so much. They aren’t the same as “reel” (see what we did there ?) life. You just learn much more on set or on a stage than you can in a class. Ignoring the fact that one tends to take classes less seriously than actual productions, the pressures of a production are much more demanding and enlightening to the actor in the real world.

Another easy but slightly pocket burning way to improve yourself is to watch the greats in action. If you have access to Theater, go see it. Watch the great actors or even the not so great ones for their acting choices. Study them. Look at their physicality. Do you agree with the choices they have made? What would you do different or keep? You have to be important and careful to look at it from a non judgmental perspective as that is the only way to achieve the best growth.

Obviously you can find a great teacher / mentor to study for. But you have to be careful with who you chose as not everyone is good or even fit to call themselves a teach. And a bad teacher can really mess you up. We have recommendations that we can provide but we feel that an actor should make the initiative for themselves to find a good teacher as there is no one size fits all.

Written by The Actorly Team

We try to make films and give opportunity to artists in nyc

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