Some days will be hard. Some days will be even harder. You will get paid off for your efforts. You, and only you, are responsible for the results you get in school, or in life. Trust your instructors and grow. Trust the process. You won’t regret it. Believe in yourself, you are a unique and beautiful human being.
What kinds of things were you looking for in a school when you were exploring your options?
I wanted to find a school with a solid curriculum, taught by instructors whom I could rely on to give me first hand experience on being a professional actor. Working full-time during the day, it was also important to me to find a school that would fit within my schedule while still allowing me to take on a full-time course load.
Was there anything specific that made you choose Vancouver Acting School as your place of study?
I chose Vancouver Acting School because it matched all my previously mentioned needs. They offered a night program which enabled me to continue working my day job so I could pay my bills. I had also toured some of the other local schools and was less than impressed with one schools amenities and another schools pushy sales approach – Vancouver Acting School felt like home almost instantly.
How was your experience in the Acting for Film, Television & Voice-Over Program?
I found throughout the program, that everyone was happy to work with me to meet my needs. They were more than willing to hear me out and really understand me and my personal acting goals. The fact that my teachers were successful actors I had already admired from Vancouver’s acting scene helped a lot as well. Their first-hand knowledge, and not the opinion of someone with an IMDB page that looked like a tumble weed blowing across it meant a lot to me.
What did you find unique about your experience?
Vancouver Acting School was a real working professional industry spot. Casting was going on constantly and agents worked alongside us in the building. Working actors were taking and teaching classes. It felt like an environment of continued learning, passion, and inspiration. I wanted my piece of that.
On top of that, Vancouver Acting School actually taught business skills for actors, a highly important area for me, which really showed me that this school took their students’ success seriously. All the classes were taught by highly inspiring local talent; ones that helped develop Vancouver’s industry into what it is today. The approach here is no B.S. and it’s not a sales pitch. This all really resonated with me.
How would you summarize your experience as a whole?
My experience was life changing. The program gave me a solid foundation to get out into the industry and start booking. I understand myself better than I ever have before, and I attribute that to my time at Vancouver Acting School.
What kind of industry related experience have you found since completing your program at Vancouver Acting School?
Since graduating from Vancouver Acting School I’ve worked on shows such as Supernatural and Girlfriends Guide to Divorce. I’ve done several indie films and a web series. I’ve even mustered up the strength to start stand-up comedy and am now part of an improv troupe at Second Storey Theatre that puts on live comedy shows. I have had the opportunity to work alongside some great actors over the last few years. An indie film I worked on was just nominated for two Leo’s and I’ve written several feature film scripts; one of which I’m currently negotiating to have put to film in the next year.
Who would you recommend this program to?
I recommend Vancouver Acting School to people all the time, people who talk about wanting to act or do voice over, people who love film and want to write, people who have the passion and the drive but don’t know how or where to direct it. Vancouver Acting School is the first step, take that step, trust in it and trust in yourself, you will get closer and closer to those dreams everyday. Sometimes I’ll well up and a single tear will come down my face and I’ll get overwhelmed with how far I’ve come and how lucky I am to have had such a good team behind me.
If you were going to give advice to a new actor entering one of Vancouver Acting School’s acting programs, what would it be?
If I could offer you as a new student of Vancouver Acting School some advice this would be it: Six months is not a long time. Don’t waste your time. Commit, work hard, lead. Help your ensemble. Be the very best you can be. Cry if you can, scream if you need to, but just don’t ever give up. Keep moving forward. Some days will be hard. Some days will be even harder. You will get paid off for your efforts. You, and only you, are responsible for the results you get in school, or in life. Trust your instructors and grow. Trust the process. You won’t regret it. Believe in yourself, you are a unique and beautiful human being.
Find out more about Vancouver Acting School’s 6-month accredited diploma program in Acting: Film, Television & Voiceover, or call 604-564-7247 and ask for our Admissions Team.