October 26, 2021 #1 Local News, Forum, Information and Event Source for Venice Beach, California.

Looking for an acting class – Trust your wise voice!

By Guy Camilleri

Are you searching for an acting class this fall? Where does one look, and more importantly, what does someone look for in a teacher?

In full disclosure, I am an actor and an acting teacher. I teach a class on Monday and Wednesday evenings in Venice Beach at the Electric Lodge. That being said, it’s important to me that you find the teacher and the class that is right for you.

When I moved to New York to act, I recall using Backstage newspaper to help me find an acting class. I audited and interviewed several teachers; some very well known, and others less so.

These days, there is no shortage of information on how, when and what to look for in acting classes. I trust you will peruse the plethora of websites, articles, blogs and referrals out there to assist you in finding the right course, the best teacher for you and, as a bonus, a tribe of fellow actors and artists in support of you on your journey.

When I found Gene Frankel (my first acting teacher/coach) and my first tribe, I knew I had made the right choice. I knew this because of his experience, his approach to the work and the vibe I got from him and his class at large. Gene’s teaching style came from a place of strength and love (sometimes tough love), but never from a place of manipulation or cruelty. The adage that ‘the best actors are the most generous actors’ applies to teachers as well.

When I left New York for Los Angeles, I took with me the insights and techniques learned from Gene that are invaluable to me as an actor and human being.  To this day, they remain a part of my methodology as an actor, teacher and coach.

Here are four tips to consider when searching for an acting class:

Audit First

Audit an acting class that provides you the opportunity to work each week. Imagine hiring a surfing coach for four surf lessons and having to sit on the beach for one or two of them while watching the others having a blast surfing! At my studio, I often repeat this: “Acting is doing, and the doing requires practice.”

The Vibe Matters

Notice the overall vibe in the room. Is there an air of desperation disguised as caring for each other? Is it competitive? Is the teacher directorial? Or, does it feel like a safe, dynamic space filled with love, curiosity, unbridled enthusiasm, support and encouragement. Also, notice the teacher’s vibe and approach. Instead of directing or telling you what to do, does the teacher seem to ask the questions that will inspire you to find the answers?

The Teacher Matters

Is it evident that the teacher has a deep understanding of the craft of acting and knowledge about the psychology of human behavior? Is this teacher able to effectively communicate insights, notes and specific information without hidden agendas and expectations from you? Does the teacher have a sense of humor?

Teaching to Each Student

Does the teacher possess the ability to adapt to the needs of each student instead of putting their own needs (and sometimes neediness) front and center?

I highly recommend that you audit a class before registering so you can look for these important details. After auditing an acting class, if you are unsure what to do, trust the wise voice inside you. This voice will become a big part of your practice as an actor, whether you are in an acting class or on a film or television set. At the end of the day, no one knows better than you.

Guy Camilleri is a Venice-based actor, acting-life coach, and poet. His classes are packed with actors, writers, directors and creative people from all walks of life on Monday and Wednesday evenings at the Electric Lodge, in Venice.

His private coaching specializes in building characters for film, television, stage, audition preparation, self-taped auditions, original reels and self-expression in any field of interest. To audit, enroll in a class or book a coaching session, visit www.guycamilleri.com.

Follow Guy on Instagram and Facebook. 

Related Posts

New French Restaurant Opens by Beach in Playa del Rey

October 20, 2021

October 20, 2021

Westside Dining Scene October 21, 2021 By Dolores Quintana There’s a new French restaurant open in Playa Del Rey according...

Breaking Barriers Through Sport

October 19, 2021

October 19, 2021

Ex-Navy Rescue swimmer and triathlete, Jordan Hunter is changing the statistics of African Americans not knowing how to swim and...

Community Volunteer Patrol Program Brings Civilians New Insight Into Law Enforcement

October 19, 2021

October 19, 2021

The West LA Police Department has a community patrol program bridging the gap between civilians and law enforcement. Video brought...

Pali High Debuts Fall Musical Avenue Q Live on Stage

October 12, 2021

October 12, 2021

Pali high students bring the musical Avenue Q to the stage for a limited time. Video brought to you by...

UCLA awarded $1 Million Dollars Towards Enabling Safer Bike Commutes

October 11, 2021

October 11, 2021

The Civic Bicycle Commuting team along with partners is one of six competitors for the Civic Innovation Challenge backed by...

Barn Owl Nesting Box Program Comes to The Westside.

October 5, 2021

October 5, 2021

The barn owl nesting box program from Citizens for Los Angeles Wildlife is helping these birds create a network of...

Missing Woman Last Seen in Venice Beach

September 29, 2021

September 29, 2021

Jessie Jean-Baptiste last seen Saturday By Sam Catanzaro Police are seeking a missing 25-year-old woman last seen in Venice Beach...

Canstruction Fights Hunger Through Art

September 27, 2021

September 27, 2021

International hunger relief fundraiser Canstruction makes an appearance at the Westfield Century City mall and we have the highlights. Video...

The Rich History of Prehemptive CBD Creams

September 27, 2021

September 27, 2021

The following is a question and answer with Paul Herve, founder of Prehemptive CBD creams, based on the formulas of a botanical...

Top-Rated Poster Printing Services in Los Angeles

September 10, 2021

September 10, 2021

So you want a piece of promotional artwork that is eye-catching and makes a statement. Maybe you’re a store looking...

Comedian Fuquan Johnson One of 1 of 3 Dead Following Suspected Overdose at Venice Party

September 7, 2021

September 7, 2021

Early Saturday morning incident remains under investigation By Sam Catanzaro Comedian Fuquan Johnson was among one of three people who...

Gambling and Mental Health: Tips For The Casino

August 31, 2021

August 31, 2021

With the advent of online casinos, gambling has become a more popular pastime than ever before. It’s estimated that a...

Final Weekend of Marina Drive-In Movie Summer Series With New Movies Added

August 28, 2021

August 28, 2021

WHERE: Marina del Rey Boat Launch Ramp, 13477 Fiji Way at Parking Lot #2 COST: $20 per vehicle, per movie...

Market Report: What is the Difference Between a Peach and a Nectarine?

August 25, 2021

August 25, 2021

Today at the Santa Monica farmers market Murray Farms answers all of our stone fruit questions in this video brought...

Main Street Traffic Closures Return This Weekend

August 20, 2021

August 20, 2021

Sharing an Open Main Street back for second time this summer August 21 – 22 By Sam Catanzaro  The summer’s...