When deciding on taking acting classes, its always best for actors to audit them first to get a feel of what the coach is like and what the class has to offer. When looking for a new acting coach, keep in mind, you’re looking for someone who knows their craft well, and is well suited to critique you and understand that they can’t make the acting class their own personal springboard for feeling important, or for not doing the hard work a coach needs to do. These are some of the common red flags most actors miss because they assume this is how acting coaches are supposed to be. When in truth, the acting coach is really supposed to make it about you, the actor.
A few other red flags to avoid when auditing an acting class are when the coach never delivers any critique's. In this instance, no work is being accomplished, and thus, no room for growth can occur. Worst yet, in some circumstances, the coach condescends the actors and their work, which is abusive. This is common when the coach is a failed actor. So as an actor, you have to ask yourself, do you want to improve as an actor or do you want to be mocked and ridiculed in front of your peers? Another red flag to watch out for is when the coach invites other classmates to critique your work directly. It’s always been believed that its the coach’s job to make critiques directly to an actor and not have other actors chime in. If you think about it, actors don’t directly critique other actors on a film set. Why would you do it in acting class? The reason other actor’s shouldn’t directly offer critique’s to another fellow actor’s is their comments may shut the actor down and thus, the actor will become discouraged. If the coach is allowing this, they really don’t care if it’s damaging an actor’s self esteem.
Ultimately, to properly coach an acting class, an acting coach must allow every actor to be the creator of their own technique. A good coach and class must value all their actors and reward the strength and uniqueness of their personality, and not some doctrine of what it means to be an actor. They must be supportive of their actors and address certain elements that aren’t working in a scene and help fix them, while encouraging them to press forward and find their true voice.
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