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There are few people more important to the career of an actor than the person they choose to train them. Every actor who is taking their career seriously will eventually find themselves at the hands of a (hopefully) capable acting coach and it is absolutely imperative that they find the right coach for them. With so much variety and room for technique in the acting world this can be a little difficult. Fortunately there are a few easy ways to find the right acting coach.
1 - LOOK LOCAL
Speaking from experience, having an acting coach a short drive away will dramatically increase your commitment to the training. A long drive just kills motivation. Looking through the internet or phone books can lead you to a list of acting coaches.
2 - LOOK FOR ACCLAIMED COACHES
Good training is as important as a good role on your resume. An acclaimed teacher, one that is popular with the local agencies, can help lead you to a leg up on the competition when it comes time to attend those casting calls.
3 - LOOK FOR THE RIGHT TECHNIQUE
Are you a method actor? Or do you prefer a more laid back approach? Reading up on the basic techniques employed by famous actors can lead to a dearth of good information. Once you find a technique that interests you, you can start searching for an acting coach that employs that technique.
4 - ASK FOR SUGGESTIONS
Don't be afraid to ask your acting and industry buddies for suggestions. "Knowing somebody" is as important in this business as your actual God-given abilities. The right referral could lead to a great instructor and continued success once you have quit going to your acting class.