5 Ways to Improve Your Acting at Home

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In light of COVID-19, many in-person events have been rescheduled or canceled. At Cynthia Bain, we have created online acting classes so that you can keep learning and practicing even though you are stuck at home. We offer a variety of classes and private coaching, all done virtually. Being stuck at home is the perfect time to practice and perfect your acting skills. Read on to learn about 5 ways that you can improve your acting at home.

Take a Virtual Acting Class

The first step in improving your acting is to sign up for a Cynthia Bain online acting class. You will still receive the same high-quality instruction as you do in person, but it will all be done from the comfort of your own home. Each class comes with a portal page where students can learn all about the course. The portal page contains the Zoom meeting ID, a spot to “meet” the teacher, notes from the teacher, folder items such as questions and tongue twisters, downloadable “home-fun” and more! There is even a spot to enter your contact information so that you can keep in touch with classmates. All these features help make the virtual class seem a little more interactive. In addition, students who are enrolled also get access to exclusive webinars with VIP guests. For example, on May 5th, students had access to a chat with Cynthia Bain and director/producer/writer David Kendall. Registration for online classes can be done through the Cynthia Bain website. Remember, just because you are at home doesn’t mean that you can’t continue with acting classes. Also, some auditions are continuing… virtually! In mid-April, Nickelodeon announced that they were having an online open call for young comedic leading performers. Kids were able to audition from the safety of their own homes.

Enroll in a Scene Study

Participating in scene studies is one of the best ways for an actor to improve their skills. At Cynthia Bain Young Actor’s Studio, we are currently offering our scene studies virtually. These classes are very popular and always have waitlists, so sign up fast! The class sizes are limited so that each student can fully participate in a small group setting. The goal of scene study classes is to analyze the script and the characters. The scene studies are of famous movies like E.T., The Little Rascals, The Breakfast Club, and more. Students will be able to learn through carefully analyzing the acting and how each actor develops their character throughout the movie. When it comes to acting, so much can be learned just by observing other actors. We believe that scene study is the most foundational and essential part of actor training. Scene study classes are ongoing and are billed on a monthly basis. Students must commit to at least 8 weeks when they sign up.

Try Private Coaching

Private coaching is a great way to improve acting skills anytime! These coaching sessions can occur over Skype, meaning kids can participate even amidst stay-at-home orders. At Cynthia Bain Young Actor’s Studio, we offer a variety of private and semi-private coaching options. Here are the coaching sessions we currently offer:

· Expert Audition Coaching – one-on-one help preparing for an audition. The coach will help with character analysis, script analysis, wardrobe, and audition techniques.

· Set Preparation – this coaching session is designed for those who already have been offered an acting job. We will help students prepare for how to successfully show up to the set.

· Private Acting Lessons – the private acting lessons are a way for students to get one-on-one help. The coach can specifically work with the student to further their strengths and focus on improving their weaknesses. Scripted material is provided for these classes.

· Career Consultation – this is a great way for young actors and parents to learn more about what it takes to succeed in the acting world. We guide you through the topics such as headshots, agents, managers, auditions, and more!

Sign Up for Summer Acting Camp

Signing up for an acting camp is the perfect way for kids to practice their acting skills. This summer, Cynthia Bain Young Actor’s Studio will be offering two in-person summer camps and one virtual camp. The virtual camp is a great way for students to continue staying up to speed with their acting skills while remaining at home. The virtual camp will include a maximum of 12 people, so sign up fast! The camps are led by Cynthia, Jillian, Cody, and special VIP industry guests. Your child will learn so much during these intensive 5-day camps. In fact, the 5-day intensive camps are equivalent to two months of weekly classes. The camps include everything from a daily scene study to improv practice. The virtual session is offered on July 13th-17th from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Young actors of all ages are welcome to sign up for this camp.

Practice Makes Perfect

When it comes to acting, practice makes perfect. Fortunately, a lot of this practice can be done at home. A popular online article with 15 actors sharing their most important acting tips have most of them underscoring how important it is to “do the work.” If you already have a project, work to study and memorize your lines. If you have an upcoming audition, research the role and practice in front of a mirror. If you are simply just working on improving your acting skills, we have some great ways to do this at home:

· Practice self-taping

· Read an acting book

· Practice tongue twisters

· Learn a new accent

· Study the work of great actors

· And of course, take one of our virtual classes!

Becoming a successful actor does not happen overnight. In fact, it takes years and years of hard work and effort. Even though you may currently be stuck at home, the work doesn’t stop. Use this extra time to further improve your acting skills.

Just because in-person acting events and classes are currently canceled, does not mean that this time is a waste! While stuck at home, take this opportunity to improve your acting skills. Sign up for online acting classes through Cynthia Bain’s Young Actor Studio. You will get the same wonderful course you would get in-person while remaining safe at home. Also, take advantage of private coaching lessons via Skype. For more information about our virtual classes and how you can improve your acting skills at home, contact Cynthia Bain’s Young Actor Studio today.

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