Despite all the reviews and accolades about my performances around the world: Am I really as good as I can be?
I gotta be honest. Part of me thinks taking classes is cheesy and benign. It seems like the idea of taking classes and bragging about them is much more attractive than the act of taking them. It just sounds better in conversation doesn’t it?
‘I’m in class three times a week and I’m learning SO much’.
Does it help you get hired? For every actor who says you don’t need classes there’s a DeNiro or Pacino who have obviously made it work for them.
Jeffrey Tambor’s class (which I took while living in LA) was full of working actors you’d recognize from television and film but they were only taking class because they were between gigs. I was taking the class because – well actually I couldn’t afford to take his class but he saw something in me and allowed me to take it anyway. As a result of his class I wrote a one man show that gained worldwide recognition but kept me on the road so I didn’t have time to take class.
The other part of me thinks that there’s nothing better than sharpening your skills with fellow thespians but I can think of nothing more boring than talking about acting with actors. Sorry if that sounds harsh (no offense fellow actors out there) but it’s something I do, not who I am. But I digress.
What’s your take on this? Feel free to comment below and take the poll. This is one thing that needs more conversation.
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