Most of us are facing hard times. Production, at least in Nevada, is down. Actors are cutting back on their economic commitments. But the tools and skill are needed if we ever want to take advantage of the work when it does pick up.
Do not stop your studies. Local agencies, schools and promotional companies are reporting that finding students, much less reliable dedicated professional students, is difficult. Registration, and therefore revenue for the teachers and schools, are down.
If an audition were held today could you compete? Most of us have egos and answer yes. But think about it for a second. How can you complete if you are not current and polished in your skills? Dropping out of class or calling an occasional seminar study are both mistakes if you are serious about your craft and your talents.
And if actors do not support the services offered in their community, those professional services will dry up and disappear.
There is a direct correlation between taking classes or having a coach, and landing the call back and the role. Any agent, manager or working actor can tell you there is.
There are many opportunities in town.
I teach/coach at Hollywood access and through the Boulder City Park District. I coach actors through Lynch Coaching, The Art Lynch Acting Studio and actingclasslv.com. CSN, where I also teach, has courses, as does UNLV. There are many courses, workshops, teachers and coaches throughout the valley. All need your support.
Be a good consumer when investigating where to work out. Ask questions, audit classes, meet the students and then give the one or more you select a few months opportunity before making a final decision if the teacher or place will become your ongoing home.
The investment is not great deal of money (if it is than ask hard questions, and my general advice is to run, not walk, the other way), and it is an investment in you...your talents, your skills, your life and your well being.
And as I said, if we do not support companies offering actors help, than rent and other expenses will drive them out of business or out of the market.
With tough LA, New York, London and international competition, can we afford to lose our schools, our other vendor and to not put our best well trained foot forward at auditions?
If an audition were held today, could you compete?