Do you NEED acting classes in order to become a successful actor?




I might take drama lessons next year since my school may hire a drama teacher. I want to be actor in Hollywood. I live in New York and am 15 years old. I have read a lot of books on acting and they have been a great help but most good actors have acting lessons from professionals. I have read a book by Ivana Chubbuck (who says she taught Brad Pitt, Halle Berry, etc.) and it really helped. But do I need to take acting lessons?


2 Responses to “Do you NEED acting classes in order to become a successful actor?”

  • DraMuse:

    The steps to being an actor are the steps you take.
    Acting is usually one of three things: a Hobby, a Lifestyle and a Career.
    Already because of the three different meanings there are three different paths.
    In short, no path is the same and what worked for one person mightn’t work for someone else.

    Anyone can pick Acting up as a Hobby.
    Whether it be picking up a script, grabbing yourself a camera, acting it out, filming it then uploading it to Youtube. Or seeing an audition notice in a local newspaper for an upcoming play, contacting the director, attending the audition and seeing how it goes.

    As a Lifestyle, you’ve decided that Acting means something more to you long term.
    Therefor it may be in your best interest to get involved with Acting Classes, Acting Schools, become a Member of a Theatre Company to generate more regular Acting Opportunities. Though how you enjoy Acting as part of your Lifestyle is up to you, same as enjoying Exercise as part of your Lifestyle.

    The website Starnow:
    http://www.starnow.com/curtisfarrell
    Provides opportunities for Actors interested in both of the above and occasional professional opportunities as well.
    For Actors in Australia I recommend against AT2 as it’s very similar to Starnow – you get the same types of opportunities, though you have to pay over $100 more per year for them and they discriminate between Actors who do have an Agent and those who don’t.

    If you’re after Acting as a Career there are certain things inside of your control and outside of your control.
    What’s inside of your control is keeping yourself ready, centered and focused – (this is usually done by keeping yourself busy with some acting opportunity whether it’s paid or not). Having an Agent, representation, networking and looking for work.
    What’s inside of your control are the avenues you have to generate work, what’s outside of your control is the work that comes in.
    Lucky breaks are also outside of your control. You can do your best to be in the right place at the right time, though sometimes it’s not a matter of what you know but who you know.

    When you’re ready, here’s how to Find and Apply for an Agent:
    http://www.youtube.com/user/Funstuff13613?feature=mhee#p/u/4/0nUBPVIwJTE
    It’s how I got mine.

    Answers that give you a bulk ladder in how to become an actor are false.
    As anyone can become an Actor just as anyone can become a cook.
    Acting isn’t the same as being famous and Acting means many different things to many different people.

    The best step for you to take, is the step that is available to you.
    Once you take that step I’m sure you will gain insight as to what you’d like to pursue and what step you’d like next to take.

    All the best :)

  • R K:

    classes will help you learn how to go about per suing acting. whether your successful or not depends on how much talent and ability you have.

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