Do you know the biggest difference between classroom actors and actors working on a film or TV set? Classroom actors need a week to learn their lines, lots of rehearsal to put the scene on its feet, and a few more weeks to crack the part. Professional actors need about 10 minutes.
Why? Professional actors have a job to do where time is of the essence. The entire set is dedicated to getting the shot and moving on to the next one. If the scene needs a rewrite, or it’s just been written minutes before, your job is to learn it and act it in a matter of minutes. You can’t say to your teacher, “I didn’t have time”, or “I can’t learn it so fast”, because there is no teacher. It’s just you doing your job alongside other people doing their jobs. And if any component of this film making coalition fails, the whole endeavor fails. As a result, anyone NOT doing their job is disinvited from that set or never hired again by that production company. The same actor is also never called in again by the casting director, the actor’s manager and agent also hear about it and revisit their commitment to that relationship, and the actors’ life in general becomes not so wonderful. And why does all this happen? Because the actor wasn’t ready to do the job in the real world.
At The Acting Corps we try to address this. We teach acting technique, and lots of it, but we also train actors to be quick, adaptable, and good at what they do no matter what the circumstance calls for. Our closely guarded secret? Here it is: HARD WORK.