What Makes A Well-Trained Actor? | Workshop Guru
Happy Guru Tips Tuesday! And Happy Holidays! I can’t believe 2015 is almost over! (Don’t worry, we have one more Guru Tips of 2015 next week).

This week’s #GuruTips question comes from one of my good friends, Taylor, who just moved to Los Angeles, and she asked me “What does being a well-trained actor even mean?”

It’s a fantastic question, because this pertains not only to training. There are so many classes out there. Scene study, improv, dance, voiceover, Alexander, Meisner, sketch, cold reading, business… The list never ends!

But classes alone don’t make a well-trained actor, so I wanted to make it easy and clear for you- the things that every actor should know, the classes they should be in, that will give them enough training to be a force to be reckoned with.

Here’s an exercise for you: Think of a show or movie that’s been out for at least 10 years, that you still talk about today? These are called legacies. You’re still talking about them, meaning they did something right. So what about them is so amazing? Was it the directing? The performances? The plot? Actors need to know the history of film, theatre, and television. Who are the great actors, the great directors, of or before our time? You might be surprised when you see the patterns and connections between these legacies.

We still have one more Guru Tips For Actors of 2015, and then next year starts Season Two!

Watch the whole Season One of Guru Tips For Actors here and be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss any tips over the holidays!

Now I want to hear from you! What are you going to do next to round out your training as an actor? Leave a comment below! (plus each comment is an entry to win an exclusive Workshop Guru tote bag!)

Happy Holidays from the entire WG team!


Ajarae Coleman | Workshop Guru


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Ajarae Coleman is a working actress living in Los Angeles. You can see her on shows like ABC’s SCANDAL, REVENGE, PRIVATE PRACTICE, and THE CATCH, CBS’s THE McCARTHYS, 2 BROKE GIRLS, and NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, NBC’s DAYS OF OUR LIVES, TNT’s PERCEPTION, I'M SORRY on Netflix, and more. Ajarae founded Acting Resource Guru (ARG) in 2012 to give actors practical steps to book more work and take ownership of their careers. In 2020, Ajarae launched The Table, an exclusive online membership for actors who crave an artistic life that goes beyond just booking gigs. They are ready to make a greater impact, which looks like building communities of collaborators, creating their own opportunities, and developing residual income streams. Ajarae believes that actors play a huge role in bringing forth a reality where every being on the planet is safe and valued, and The Table empowers actors to claim their seat. Join the Interest List at ClaimASeat.com to be notified when the doors open for new members.



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