Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Why do wanna-be actors think they can just miss class whenever they feel like it? What does their long term future hold?

Professionals keep commitments, attend class except when working on a film or play, keep instructors informed, do their homework, learn their material, continue to improve, care about the craft (as well as the art, the business and their own contributions), listen to other actors and to coaches, love what they are doing at least half the the time, are never satisfied with their own work, are willing to do what it takes, treat acting as a profession and take pride in...repeating on purpose...keeping their work, and commitment to others in class or on the set.

Why are there so few professionals who take classes? Even in LA?

They do take classes, but not with people who are not serious about the art, the craft and the industry. In fact, they worry too many of those people are getting SAG-AFTRA cards and representing union actors at auditions and even on sets.

Why do true professionals stay away from most acting classes and so called schools? Why stay away from fellow 'actors'?

Because there are so many who do not bother to think of others, to keep their words, to stay with the same instructors and network of fellow artist, and who will give up and of themselves to help others.

It's everywhere.

But boy does our lack of commitment contribute to the industry view that there is no talent in Las Vegas!

If you miss class, miss an audition, miss a rehearsal you are telling the professional world that there are no professionals in Las Vegas (also applies to most of the country, including much of LA). You reinforce the sterotype that actors are not reliable, and that union actors are not needed on productions because most union actors are not Qualified Professional talent.

Be a pro...

Join the union, and keep your commitments within the industry, including to be in class, for your instructor, for your fellow talent and for your own growth and advancement.

One day or two day workshops or seminars are not training. They are exposure to ideas and not much more. Training involves discipline, focus, a commitment to be there and you putting in your best to grow and advance with each opportunity in class and every job you do.

We have talent. We have the tools. Now do not go off and do other things, skip out without letting fellow actors and instructors know you will not be there and why...

Be professional.

It goes a long way.

Remember, despite the numbers, this is a small business. And among those who make it, it is a tiny club who can count on each other and those who support them to watch their backs and provide what is needed when it is needed the most.

If you are not there in can anyone count on you to do what it take when and if you ever luck or chance into the the rare world of full time working actors. And how long will you stay there is others, including those who support or are friends with the decision makers in the industry, know that you do flake out and miss class, or did not stay long enough to truely count yourself as trained (generally at least a year with each instructor, sometimes more, and focus on moving on to the schools and programs where you will work with those who are much better than you could ever hope or dream of becoming).

Truth hurts.

I do not expect to make friends by writing this.

But as a teacher, coach and friend. I am saying what needs to be said.

Art Lynch

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