The dictionary tells us that to instruct is to furnish with knowledge. When it comes to acting instruction this is far from being accurate, it is the actual antithesis of what needs to take place if there is any instruction to occur whatsoever. The reason is that acting is largely a physical event, and while it can be taught, it is difficult to learn. Try learning how to throw a fastball from having someone lecture you about it – if you don’t experience throwing that ball thousands of times, you ain’t ever going to be a pitcher.
Same is true of acting, the best acting school in the world won’t do a thing for you unless you suit up and show up ready to do the work – and then actually do the work. There is many an acting coach in Los Angeles that will take your money, we all know that. And certainly there is many an acting school in Los Angeles that will promise to teach you the “authentic” Strasberg, Meisner, or Adler Technique – after all if it was good enough for movie stars of the 50’s and 60’s (of course all of those original teachers are long gone) then it should be good enough for you.
So what should you do? Pass on the class that bills itself as “the best Meisner class in Los Angeles?” Maybe you should. But then again, everyone at acting camp last summer said it was the real thing…
Look, the truth is that the answer lies within you. Get to the REASON why you want to be an actor, and then, where you should study will be abundantly clear. If you want to party with “real actors,” then there are plenty of places in LA for you to study. If you want to be abused and made to feel worthless by someone who claims to have the secret to great acting, there are a host of schools that will gladly take your money. If you want to be told you’ll be a movie star by going to school where none of the other students speak English, those places exist as well. What is in your heart, where are you headed? If you are honest with yourself, the answer will be effortless.