So you're about to take a lesson with My College Audition. Great! Here are a few brief tips on how we work so you know how to begin to take acting lessons.
Acting teaching is very different from regular school teaching. In your regular school there is often only one right answer. In acting school, that is not the case. So:
Tip Number 1
Let go of the need to be right. In acting, if you're not messing up, getting confused, and making mistakes, then you're not growing. It is okay and encouraged for you to be "wrong" or "messy." That means you're working hard. which brings us to:
Tip Number 2
Don't apologize. You never need to say "I'm sorry," in a session. Forgetting a word, or "messing up" something we asked you to does not need to be apologized for. No one can create without being messy. If you're sorry, that means you did something "bad." and in an acting room, there is no bad.
Tip Number 3
Be on time. It sounds easy enough but being on time for an acting class is a bit different. On time for an acting class means you are there at least five minutes early and ready. Ready means you've hit the bathroom, gotten some water, and maybe even gone over your material once, just to have it fresh. Your time is valuable. You don't want the first 15 minutes of a lesson devoted to "warming-up."
Tip Number 4
Preparation frees creativity. This means, when we give you a piece to memorize, we don't do that just because. We do it because once you're prepared, you are truly free to create. This doesn't mean perfect. But once you know the words, melody, steps, then you can think about the piece as a whole, and really start to shine like the star we know you are.
Tip Number 5
Believe in yourself. Know that you are unique and that makes you interesting.