You’re never too old to take an acting class. Whether you are seriously pursuing an acting career or simply wish to take acting lessons for fun, it’s important that you go at it whole-heartedly. There are plenty of things you yourself can do to enhance the lessons.
Ensure that every penny of your acting class fee is well-spent by doing the following:
Show up and engage – If you signed up for the class, you need to give it your full attention. Your job is to watch, learn and participate in exercises. Make sure your phone and any other gadget is turned off and put away. By not giving it your full attention, you are not only wasting your own time, but that of your fellow students and acting coach as well.
Always be prepared – Don’t waste until the last minute to memorize the lines or research your character. If you’re involved in costumes or stage settings, don’t show up tired and sluggish. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep and that you’re eating a good breakfast. If you’re currently working or attending other classes, clear your schedule on the days of your acting class so that you show up prepared, energized and ready to go.
Don’t be afraid to take risks – Do something out of your element and you’ll find the greatest reward for it. If the coach asks for a volunteer, be the first to volunteer – even if you’re not sure exactly what you’re doing. Put everything you have into the task and don’t worry about mistakes.
Asks questions - If your stage director tells you to do something that you don’t fully understand, ask for clarification. Ask for an explanation as to why you would need to stand in a certain spot during a particular scene, or why you are expected to say a line that doesn’t seem natural for your character. You won’t be able to act to your best ability if you don’t understand everything to the fullest extent, be it the script, stage setting, direction, etc.
Be friendly towards classmates – Always keep in mind that you are not the only student in the acting class. Even if you’re nervous yourself you should still smile and encourage others. It’s essential to have a harmonious classroom environment. Sometimes a few supportive words can go a long way.
Mistakes are going to happen even if you are thoroughly prepared, and that’s ok. What matters is how you respond to them. Consider them to be part of your lessons and stay positive.