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Actor Training: Full-Time vs. Part-Time

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Acting 11th Aug 2017 backstage

Most actors reach a point in their careers when they have to ask themselves the following question: “How am I going to get better at this?” There are many roads to your own personal success, each with a long list of pros and cons. I come from conservatory training but work in both sectors, so here is a comparison based on my experience of both worlds, broken down into the five main categories you should consider when deciding whether to train as an actor full- or part-time. 

When you consider what you get for the price, drama school is probably the most cost effective form of actor training. Two, three, or four years of voice, movement, acting, audition prep, and text analysis are just a few essential classes that are covered in most programs. Sure, it’s a massive commitment and a large sum of money all at once, but if you were to take all the courses that make up a drama school program and do them as private classes, you would end up paying three times the amount. 

However, studying privately can allow you time to work and get money together to pay for classes. It’s a slower process and will likely take twice as long to cover a similar amount of material, but if you have a modest budget, it may be the way to go. 

In my opinion, the main advantage to studying at dramas school are the voice and movement classes. Those who train privately often forsake these fundamental areas of the craft, thereby depriving themselves of tools and ideas that can really help them in the industry. Voice work is particularly important; it can take more than a year of drama school for an actor’s voice to truly drop in and that’s taking classes 3-5 times a week. A full-time drama program means you have the opportunity to develop your instrument in a way that lets you truly explore your range and make choices within that. It’s very difficult to make the same gains doing short- and mid-term courses, not to mention that these areas are often ignored in part-time actor training.

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