Best Two Year Acting Program – Maggie Flanigan Studio
What would you say to someone who maybe you’ve been on set working on a project together, or met in a class. They’ve been working as an actor for a while but they’ve never really trained it. They’re thinking about it but they have a bunch of excuses, "I don’t have time. I don’t want to study a technique that will box me in. It’ll take away what makes me special." What would you say to someone if they were thinking it but they were coming up against a lot of personal things that were given them doubts as to why they should train?
In terms of time, I was the same exact way. I looked at it and I was like, "it’s a full-time program, it’s long and I either just want to get out there and start working, or I just don’t have enough time. I work 50 hours a week, I can’t be in class until 9 o’clock at night. Then get back up at 5 am." That’s not the truth. The truth is if you want to do it you can make it happen. There’s no way around that. People who’re afraid of getting boxed in, I think they don’t have a clear understanding of learning what the technique is, because our technique teaches you to improvise your way through a scene.
You’re not getting boxed into a certain way. It’s freeing you up. It’s teaching you how to think as an actor. Not just take the obvious route, but really play around and see how to make things interesting. I mean, just don’t be afraid of training. I mean, if you should be afraid of training, you should be afraid of finding out something about yourself that maybe you didn’t know beforehand. That’s what’s scary. The time, the commitment, that’s not what’s scary in the end.
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