If your plan is to become an extra or an under fiver, I personally think there is no need for schooling. But if you want to take it a step higher YOU WILL HAVE TO DO SOMETHING.
I also want to underline that working on the field also has a certain value as a kind of schooling. People who have been doing theatre for years while they never did any schooling LEARNED A LOT by acting on the stage.
BUT IF YOUR PLAN IS TO BECOME A GREAT ACTOR or ACTRESS, I advise you to dive into some kind of SCHOOLING-platform.
Workshops, 12 week training courses, 24 week training courses, bootcamps, 1 year, 2 years, 3 years, 4 years training. It's all there for you to dive in and absorb.
It depends on what you want. It depends on what you can do at this moment in your life.
If you have 5 children, then I guess that the 4 years will be a bit difficult to implement. Maybe short doses or evening formulas will work better for you.
If you are 19 years old… THAT’S ANOTHER STORY.
I'm working to make a special ONLINE ACTING PROGRAM so that people can jump into some serious basics whenever they want - on THEIR OWN TEMPO!
BOOKS and BOOKS.
If you go to acting school or not, I advise you to read great books about acting. Read, read, read.
There are around five really interesting books out there about Meisner, Checkov and Strasberg - technique - my favourites and which I think is a perfect combination.
What happens a lot is that an EXTRA or an Under Fiver gets the real taste of acting and gets into an acting training program and becomes great and famous.
DON'T UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF LEARNING YOUR CRAFT ON THE FIELD.
Well, by just doing it. Get into a theatre group or an IMPROV GROUP. Improv is really helpful to becoming a better actor.
I have learned a lot by doing lots of animation work when I was younger.
Some people are really good in studying on their own. Books, THE INTERNET, films, making offs, observing people at the park…
There is so much you can do to LEARN by yourself - on your OWN.
BUT NOTHING IS BETTER THAN HAVING A GREAT MENTOR/TEACHER TO HELP YOU MOVE FASTER.
So go find and look for a great teacher and LEARN, BABY!!!
"DO WHAT YOU CAN AND TAKE ACTION… MASSIVE ACTION."
If you do this… NOTHING CAN STOP YOU.
ONLY YOU… CAN STOP YOU.
Hope this helped.