March 12, 2013
Forum School Of Acting
I’m 15, and I’m just getting into acting.
I haven’t really had any classes or experience other than school plays. I really want to take classes though, and get good at acting (because I’m really not that great now).
But the problem is that my mother would never have the time to take me to any classes, and even if she did she wouldn’t let me take any because she would say that it’s a waste of time and money and that it’s never going to benefit my future.
I know I sound like the whiney teenaged girl whose parents “don’t understand”, but it’s true and it really bums me out. I’ve been searching for information and tips on the internet, and have really gotten into your website.
But I don’t feel like it’s enough to really help me pursue an acting career. Do you have any advice on what I could do?
Thanks for the email.
As to your question, my best advice is to practice acting. Sign up for some drama classes at school or get a part-time job and then pay your own way through a private acting school. Check out my book Acting for Film and Television too, it has some really great exercises and will kind of guide you step by step with what you’ll need to know.
So, no, you’re parents don’t understand, so you have to make them. The only way to do that is to show them that you’re serious and committed by going out and showing that it’s not just a “phase” or some silly dream. Read books, sign up for those classes and really practice. They’ll key in if they can see that you’re acting like a professional about this choice.
Here’s the bottom line though, you will not be working as a 15 year old without the support of your parents. If you can’t get them on board with what you want to do, all you have left is to learn as much as possible, and then when you’re old enough, set out on your own and go for it.
If you honestly spend the next three years really working at this, you’ll be in a great spot to try and make this life happen. It’s really up to you at the end of the day.
Hope this helps and best of luck out there!