After tons of research on yelp, referrals and stalking via social media you’ve finally found and acting class that you believe is right for you. Now what? There’s a number of things you could do, but there’s definitely 7 things you do not do.
Do not attend class without being off book. It’s completely unfair and selfish to your scene partner, your acting couch and to the entire class. Take the time. Do the work. No excuses.
Yes, acting class is often like going to a close friend’s home. You know where everything is, and you don’t have to ask for permission to grab a bottle of water from the back. That’s how it should be, but do not take the safe and sacred environment for granted by showing up in unprofessional attire. It’s not appropiate to show up in your favorite yoga pants, and gym clothes… even if class does feel like a close friend’s home.
Do not show up to class late. You’re most likely going to interrupt a scene or an exercise in class. Traffic is always bad, that doesn’t excuse you from being 15 minutes late.
Acting class is supposed to be a safe and sacred haven for actors to work on their craft. Many sensitive emotions and life experiences are exposed in class, and it only takes one person to ruin it by judging their fellow actors. Do not judge your classmates.
It’s healthy to challenge a coach, it shows that you’re consciously active in class. However, you must draw the line at some point, do not make a habit of challenging your acting coach on their direction(s). It’s annoying and creates friction.
Do not be the guy or gal who gives 110% when working their scene, and completely checks out when they’re not working on their scene. If you’re wrapped up in the latest twitter war and instagram pic your friend posted while running in the canyon, instead of paying attention to your classmates scene you’re cheating everyone in class including yourself.
It doesn’t matter how much training you’ve had, or if you know where the acting coach is going with the directions their giving a fellow classmate. Do not take it upon yourself to instruct your fellow classmates. It’s wonderful that you have solid training and great instincts, but while you’re trying to empower your classmates… it will appear that you’ve self appointed yourself as the class’ mini coach.