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Old 07-17-2017, 07:58 AM   #1
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How Long Should Actors Spend in Dedicated Training?

Hi there,

I am wondering how long actors should train before thinking about moving forward into getting a showreel together, going for auditions etc?

My previous experience comprises some lead roles in elementary school plays and a few non-speaking roles in student short films at film school.

I recently took a weekly two-month course (mainly to see if my latent acting ambitions were worth pursuing) and got some very positive feedback - ultimately feeling that I have enough potential to warrant moving forward. I had been thinking to go into another two-month weekly course which ends with filming scenes to be used in showreels.

After doing more research on training and the business side of things I am not sure if doing one more short course then having a showreel from scratch made will be a waste of time or if I should carry on doing more courses and making sure I am prepared before trying to break into anything. I'm just not sure at what point I will ever be fully prepared or if the “baptism by fire” approach could be more useful than spending an indeterminate amount of time and money on courses.

I'm 32 (though look considerably younger) and in a way feel like the clock is ticking. I don't expect things to magically happen without the requisite knowledge and hard work, but stories about great actors bypassing training and going straight into iconic roles are near the front of my mind.

As a filmmaker I have connections that could potentially result in me getting recommended for auditions for independent films, though I will need some form of showreel for this and of course the the ability to nail auditions and ultimately perform roles successfully. I've read that being nervous at auditions is not good and nerves can be a problem for me at present.

I'm intending to cast myself as the protagonist in my first fiction feature film, though this is not scheduled to be completed until 2019 (and has very little dialogue).

Part of me thinks I should do more courses, carry on reading up on technique, focus on creating my own content and then that will be my best calling card. The other part of me thinks two years is a long way away and that I should try just one more short course, get a showreel together then start going for roles.

Any thoughts/input hugely appreciated.

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