Finding good acting classes close by where you live is a great thing - you won’t have to travel too far, there’s no need to move, and if you still live at home it means you don’t need to worry about paying rent. But what should you look for?
The first thing to do is work out what you want. Do you want to become an actor because you want fame and fortune? Do you want to make your family proud? Is it such a passion that you literally can’t imagine doing anything else? These are all valid reasons, so don’t worry if you’re only doing it for the (potential) fame and the (potential) sex n’ drugs n’ rock n’ roll lifestyle. Just be honest with yourself.
Next, have a look at the types of acting classes near me out there. Scene study, auditioning, on-camera, cold reading, improvisation, commercial, vocal, body and movement - these are all types of acting classes that will benefit you hugely. From monologues, learning about good audition techniques, how to use your body to its fullest potential to expanding your vocal repertoire; from learning how to improvise and think on your feet, to figuring out how to shoot a great commercial - all these tips and more will come from a really great acting course.
It’s worth getting to know your teacher when deciding on acting classes near me. Do they have a great reputation? Do they have previous pupils who have gone on to be successful? Have they had any acting success themselves? Do they support you and your learning progress?
Look into the class size before you put your name down. If the course is completely oversaturated that means it’s popular and probably really good, but too many peers can make it difficult to get one on one support and may hamper your chances of actually acting in every class.
Cost is, obviously, another big factor when looking into acting classes. They can be pretty pricey, but they are also invaluable for helping you get your career on the right track by helping you become the best that you can be. That’s why it’s good to look into acting courses near me; the costs of travelling will be minimised if you don’t have to drive, bus or train it for hours and hours before you get there.
Any acting course worth its salt will help you enormously. It’s easy enough to find a good one; a few Google searches and a bit of research will help you decide on the one for you. Despite the fact that it may hurt to hand over a wad of your hard earned dosh, think of it as an investment into something that you really want to do - and with any luck it will pay itself back tenfold when you’re rich and famous!