Acting Workshops: How to Choose and What to Look For

Carole Dibo, ATC Founder and Executive Director, discusses the benefits of taking workshops classes, and runs through the specific workshops ATC is offering for Fall 2019

There are many choices when it comes to training for actors. Not just where to train, but how to train. The most important thing is to TRAIN, especially if auditions are far and few between. Being an actor in between gigs is no different than being an athlete off-season. If you don’t train while you are off, you will get the snot kicked out of you when you get back in the game.

Workshops are a quick and compact approach to acting classes. Usually, they're not for the beginner, unless they specifically say so. Mostly, they are for a more experienced actor, so be sure to ask what the level of student is before you register. Workshops are taught by industry professionals, casting directors, and agents. Casting Directors will highlight skills that they specifically look for in sessions. Agents can offer audition insight to what they look for in new talent in an audition/interview. All three offer sharpening of a specific skill that an actor may already have.

"At the Actors Training Center we cater to everyone, beginners and seasoned industry vets alike."

Take the time to do research on the teacher, ask how many students they take, and then do the math. If the workshop is 4 hours and there are 20 people in the class, you wont get more than 8 to 10 minutes on your feet, so take that into consideration. Workshops often cost more per hour than say a 6 to 9 week class because of the professional teaching. The last thing you want to do is go to an intensive workshop, be in over your head, and leave a bad impression of yourself. All told, workshops offer the opportunity to hone your skills, and to network with other actors, casting directors, acting coaches, and agents.

At the Actors Training Center we cater to everyone, beginners and seasoned industry vets alike. For beginners, we offer workshops like BREAKING INTO THE BUSINESS, which is specifically geared towards actors who are figuring out the ropes. There is also KIDS’ COMMERCIAL AUDITION, where our young actors can learn the dos and don’ts when it comes to auditioning. For people with a little more experience under their belt, we offer workshops like AUDITIONING FOR MUSICAL THEATRE, where the focus is learning how to dominate monologue and song work. We also offer MONOLOGUES: CALIBRATING FROM STAGE TO SCREEN, geared towards actors who want to tweak their stage performance, to on-camera.

"Remember that success is preparation meeting opportunity."

Be honest with yourself when it comes to your strengths and weaknesses so you can build on your skills and increase your chances of landing a role that will take you to the next level when choosing workshops.

Remember that success is preparation meeting opportunity. When opportunity knocks, will you be ready to open that preverbal door and march right through it? Come take a workshop at ATC and we’ll help prepare you!

Carole Dibo is the Founder and Executive Director of the Actors Training Center in Wilmette IL and Principal Partner in Carole Dibo Talent Management.

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