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iPOP Insight: Why It's Important to Seek Training as an Actor

When it comes to your favorite actor or actress, their ticket to success did not begin with just luck. The world’s greatest actors all have one thing in common. They train! Training as a performer is as important as getting an audition or landing the role. In fact, training goes hand in hand with this. In this week’s blog, we are breaking down why it’s important to seek training as an actor.


Who Trains

A number of famous stars got to their place in Hollywood after receiving the right training. From Hugh Jackman to Nicole Kidman, a lot of stars still use coaches while on set. Consider acting no different than any sport. Athletes may have some natural talent but they still train and work on their craft. The same can be said for actors. You have to have your “gym” and the right coach to succeed. The world’s greatest performers like Al Pacino, Denzel Washington, and Glenn Close all pursued training on their road to success. Finding a great acting school and attending talent conventions like iPOP LA can help you on your own path to success just like the stars!


Why Train

Besides the fact that training is to acting what practice is to sports, it can help you improve your craft in a number of ways. Every acting role will be different, even when the role is one that you feel you have played before. By getting coaching on a regular basis and before an audition, your keeping your muscles warmed up. The outside perspective that an experienced coach can provide can turn you into an experienced actor. Whether you are getting help to nail an accent or understand a character, all of this can be accomplished with a coach. Getting training can be the difference between a good audition and a great one, with great ones being what books the role or at least the callback.


What Kind of Training

The type of training your receive depends on the format of performance you are pursuing. If you plan to pursue theatre, it can be helpful to consider attending a university with a great theatrical program like Julliard or the Boston Conservatory. With film and TV training, you have more flexibility in which coach or school you use. Regardless of choice, just make sure you go into receiving training with a clear idea of what kinds of roles you want to book. That kind of information can help your coach in working with you to activate your highest potential. Actors should consider receiving their training on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. Training can be done in-person or online, depending on what school you choose.