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Becoming an on-screen actor or actress requires experience. Oftentimes, you can’t get hired without previous experience, and yet can’t get experience without getting hired. What to do?

The Center for Creative Media’s Acting Track solves this problem.

During this two-year program you’ll gain acting experience and instruction from professional actors, actresses, and drama coaches. But here’s what sets our program apart: you will also have the chance to apply your talent via:

  • Broadcast television shows
  • Broadcast commercials
  • Short films and videos for live events
  • Voice over work

When your two years are completed, you will have received all the experience you’ll need. Additionally, you’ll have a set of head shots, a resume, and reel of real work. All of these are tools you will find necessary to become a pro.

Below is some more information on the key areas of the Acting Track:

 

THE PRIMARY GOAL OF THE CCM ACTING TRACK IS TO PRODUCE A WORKING ACTOR

Delivering a performance for the camera that moves the audience requires a very specific set of skills and honing of your craft. The demands on a professional actor who performs for the big screen or for the mobile experience that can be found on the web are hurdles that must be practiced and then experienced in real situations that will be seen by real audiences.

Unlike stage actors who get an immediate response from the audience they’re in front of, actors who ply their trade in front of the camera get no immediate reaction to their performance. They must get their gauge from other places like the director of the film. This requires a sensitivity and discernment on the part of the performer so that they can trust and know that they are delivering the performance that is truly needed.

Scenes that are shot in the day versus scenes that are shot at night. Scenes that are shot on a boat and scenes that are shot in the Grand Canyon. What the script calls for may not be the order that the project is shot in. This requires tremendous versatility and discipline on the part of the actor because their physical experience will not come in the same order that the audience will eventually see their character’s story in.

The camera is much more intimate than the stage. This means that every slight nuance of expression that occurs on the actor’s face will happen in giant fashion on the big screen, sending emotions through the audience with just the raise of an eyebrow.

During your two years on the CCM Acting Track, you will be focused on the particulars that will equip you to act for the camera.

In order to succeed as an actor who’s making a living at their craft, you have to constantly flex your creative muscle. You need to continually be using acting exercises and attending regular workshops that work on individual parts of your capabilities to play relatable, believable characters. At CCM, when you’re not actually creating a character that will be seen on screen, you will be part of daily workshops that will give you tools and routines that you will use for the rest of your life.

A critical part of your personal development as an actor will be the development of several strong monologues that you will keep in your repertoire and your ability to perform scenes with fellow actors.

How are you doing? Well, you will get some immediate feedback when you perform these monologues and scenes in front of real audiences at regularly scheduled showcases.

A separate and crucial skill for any actor is the ability to effectively present themselves for an audition. This includes:

  • How to communicate
  • What to come prepared with
  • How to talk to those who are conducting the audition
  • How to follow up

These are make or break items for anyone who’s hoping to make a living at acting.

At CCM, you will learn these skills and also leave equipped with:

  • GLOSSIES ready to print
  • A RESUME of actual screen work you have already performed for real audiences
  • A REEL of actual screen work you have already performed for real audiences.

THE WORKING ACTOR: PRODUCTION JOBS VS FLIPPING BURGERS

Real professionals have some needs that just can’t be avoided: A place to live, clothes to wear, and food to eat. So that can only mean one thing: You have to be able to work consistently.

For most actors, that means you have to have a “real” job to work in between acting gigs. Many people wait tables or serve coffee as a way to bring in some money.

At CCM, we will train you in real production skills that will prepare you to make a far better living, and keep you plugged into the business while you are looking to make it big. Simultaneously, you will be developing real knowledge of how to live life as a working actor.