• Bill Herndon

Failure #6: Lacking Professional Training

Here is the truth: Acting is harder than it appears. There are several schools and methods of acting, and skills must been honed with natural talent. Even the greatest actors continue to train and practice their skills throughout their careers.

Reality Check

How do you win an Emmy, an Oscar or get to Carnegie Hall?

Practice, practice, practice.

However, the quality of practice is related to the quality of coaching. Lacking professional training can quickly derail your aspirations faster than a tweet. Casting directors, agents and producers are unforgiving and will not give second chances to talent that is not well-trained.


Questions to ask yourself:

Are you well-coached?

Is your audition on par with an agency’s most successful clients and working actors?

How is your improv ability?

Do you have two strong monologues (comedic and dramatic)?

How often are you in classes? How strong is your cold reading ability?

"Acting is living truthfully under imaginary circumstances." – Sanford Meisner

Acting is Work that Requires Training

Joanne Baron and D.W. Brown explain in detail for an article written for Backstage, here. If the job were that easy, wouldn't there be more career actors? Setting a little time every day to learn and perfect your craft is vital to becoming a long-term success in this industry. Leave a comment below.

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