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  1. That's including the Tech Theatre and directing tracks. I'm on my phone right now, but can link several of their recent showcase sites when I get back to my laptop which will show 24 or less depending on attrition in a given year. I think CMU also has a BA in Theatre Studies but it isn't part of the School of Drama.

  2. You could say the same for the Tisch UG classes too, it includes tech tracks but also, when I graduated in 1995, the stats for that year was 25% of freshman enrolled 4 years earlier as declared drama majors we’re graduating with that degree that year. That counts those who took semesters off, changed majors, transferred or dropped out. It would be interesting to see the number of TSOA graduates compared to i coming class numbers (I’m also mobile RN and can’t currently look it up).

  3. Acquire and digest Secrets of Screen Acting by Patrick Tucker and A Screen Acting Workshop by Mel Churcher and do the exercises they prescribe. If I were to teach a course on screen acting, those would be my texts.

  4. Your plan doesn't specify a vision for your future career. Where do you want to be in ten years? Do you want to be a NYC-based theatre actor? If so, just stay the course although I'd recommend targeting MFAs with a lower price tag than places like Tisch and Juilliard unless you have rich parents who'll foot the bill. One of the best gifts you can give yourself besides solid training is as little debt as possible. You should be getting a sufficient foundation in the craft at JMU to be competitive for admissions although a lot of those places apparently prefer to admit students who've been getting knocked around in the real world for a few years over those straight out of college.

  5. I used to be a podcast junkie so I can't just give you one, but some I recall being what you might be looking for are from ...

  6. Two observations I’ve had over this sort of thing in my years as an unconnected actor from a middle class home:

  7. What's curious to me is that they couldn't come up with more than that. It's not like you can throw a rock in parts of LA without hitting somebody in the business and a lot of them have kids that want to act. Thousands in fact most of whom don't have a pot to piss in career-wise and the actors being scrutinized here actually make up a tiny percentage of overall casting. Around 2.1% in pilots and straight-to-series shows during the

  8. Have you already had serious training and experience and/or do you have lots of connections to the industry and/or do you have rich parents who'll support you and/or do you already live in a major market and/or can you make a bank off modeling and/or do you already have some other parallel career? If not, you'll probably be best off attending a good college program.

  9. Sixteen is a great age to start. Assuming you aren't already in a major market, grow where you're planted by doing all the acting you can right where you are which includes high school and community theatre. If there is an arts magnet high school nearby, see if you can get accepted. Otherwise, take any and all classes available to you and make sure that you not only love acting and have some aptitude for it, but love it so much that you can't see yourself being happy doing anything else before you start thinking about it as a "career."

  10. Do you need to go to acting school for university or college? Is it hard to get in? Also is Toronto a good place to start off? How do I find auditions amd local plays my school doesn’t have any.

  11. Toronto is a major market, so things could be different for you. That advice was assuming you were an American living in flyover country like I was. I'm not sure what the labor laws are there, but if your parents can afford to get you in professional classes now you could potentially be ready by the time you'll be fully legal to work at 18. In the US, 16 is usually played by 18+ actors so there is often a dry spell for even established former child stars that age. I believe

  12. That depends on where you're planning to start because every market is different, but

  13. It's good to have a business plan outlining what you're selling, where that fits in the market, budgets, short and long-term goals, tactics for achieving those goals through who you know, who you need to know, etc. Of course, it has to to be flexible because it'll become kinda like a battle plan much of which will go right out the window once the shooting starts.

  14. You could twenty years ago as long as you lived modestly and made smart investments to create passive income. It's still possible as long as it's a network show and you leave LA or NYC to retire or move onto other things in some place with a lower cost of living. This is where a good business manager like

  15. "It is estimated that every year 127,000 men and women move to New York or Los Angeles with the intent of becoming professional actors" according to

  16. Looks like she put her career on the backburner for awhile to have children.

  17. Hey awesome list! For the "began careers as a minor" category, when it says that an actor "started their career at X age", what exactly does that mean? Does it mean the first time that they booked commercials, theatre, or film/TV (or all)? Does it mean paid work or does unpaid work count as well? Is it the age that they got an agent? Any clarifications would be greatly appreciated, thanks!

  18. It's either the date I saw on a semi-credible bio, the year of their first tv booking, the year before their first film per IMDb Pro, or the year they first appeared on Broadway or the West End.

  19. I'm an actress who grew up in the South and came into the business with no connections whatsoever other than through my NYC-focused BFA and other relationships I nurtured via social media while I was still in school. Yet I came straight to LA from school and have well over 100 episodes of television under my belt a little less than a decade out. You can't really duplicate what I did that was different than most without going back to being a 14 year-old me, but ...

  20. The Eight Characters of Comedy by Scott Sedita has been used in a lot of college and conservatory programs for a long time. It's a bit outdated at this point because it mainly deals with how to approach classic multi-camera sitcoms which really aren't being made much anymore. But it's a good start assuming you already have at least some background in acting. Also, while I haven't read it, Scott's old assistant teacher, Gunnar Todd Rohrbacher, who now has his own studio has a newer book out entitled The Comedy Code which may actually entail an update that will apply better to single-cams. Then there's always the Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Improvisation Manual for long form improv.

  21. It's hard to say much without seeing you and your materials along with knowing which market you're in. But in general, I'd say to stick it out for at least another five years and then maybe reevaluate. Lots of talented actors who have invested in lots of training up to and including college and graduate degrees quit right around your age which is kinda sad because a good number of them weren't really going to come into their casting until their mid-30s anyway. This is especially true with "average Joes" and character guys.

  22. Different actors approach it differently, but it usually boils down to being more or less

  23. Thanks--I'll check out the interviews--sounds like any of those options would work really well. I appreciate this.

  24. Get on Bob Krakower's waitlist for on-camera classes asap if you're going to NYC. He is one of the best in the business. He also has some designated coaches teaching out of the Freeman Studio although I think you might need to have taken Bob's class to get into them. Also, if you've only had limited on-camera training and experience, two books to devour yesterday are Secrets of Screen Acting by Patrick Tucker and A Screen Acting Workshop by Mel Churcher. The first for the technical side and the second for keeping your acting alive within that technical context.

  25. Do you just sign up for his class or do you have to submit a reel/resume and wait for a decision to be accepted? It's not clear from his site. Hopefully his classes will open up again soon!

  26. I don't know how he's doing things now. He used to work out of One On One NYC and it was kinda like a FCFS lottery to get in. You had to check in at juuuuust the right time when he had an intensive coming up which had been previously unannounced and grab a spot quick because a bunch of others were trying to do the same.

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