Some people do not attend acting school before becoming actors. But, if you are looking to become an actor, there are several helpful skills you can learn by attending acting school. Acting schools can be valuable to not only those new to the acting profession, but also those that have already been acting.
There are things you should ask of acting schools before you apply. Find out how long their programs last. Some may last anywhere from a week to a year. Ask if they primarily take new students, those looking to help polish their skills, or both. You may learn a lot if you are new to acting just by interacting with more seasoned professionals. Different acting schools will teach different methods of acting. You should ask the school what type of acting they teach so you will know if their training is well suited for your style. Most acting schools begin with teaching cores classes that actors need as a foundation. Courses may focus on acting techniques, voice, movement, and monologues. Many courses start with concepts that are so basic; there is only minimal dialogue in the scenes between students to help them sharpen their physical skills first. Later in the courses, students learn to become familiar with cameras and stage or screen movements and begin to by fine-tuning their acting skills or working through any performance problems they may have experienced.
Students who have been acting for a while can also benefit from attending acting schools. They may wish to take advanced courses such as those in directing, cinematography, and producing or story structure to help them further their career.
One important thing to look for in acting schools is one that offers small classes. Because acting is an intimate process, you may feel lost in a class that has too many people in it. In addition, you will not be able to receive the one-on-one instruction you may need from the teacher.