8 Facts to Convince Parents Acting is for YOU!
Do your parents blanch when you say you love acting and want to take classes? You’re not alone. Many parents approach the idea of their children acting with some trepidation. You may not realize it, but your parents have carefully weighed the benefits and costs of all of your other activities. How do you convince parents acting is for you? Parents usually rely on personal experience and their own judgment to decide when, whether and how their kids will play sports or start driving. Here are 8 great acting facts you can share to with your parents to win that YES! you want.
1. Acting requires good grades!
True for California and most States, minor actors are required to attend school, even on set, and maintain good grade point averages. Casting Directors LOVE seeing high GPAs on young actors’ resumes because high GPAs and academic awards say “disciplined,” “high attention to detail,” and “general smarts.” As a result, acting and acting classes are great incentives (keyword for pragmatic parents) for young actors of all ages to succeed in school.
2. Acting develops perseverance!
Learning to walk meant stumbling and falling on your rump at least some of the time. Tykes persevere by nature because they can’t foresee tumbles. Parents can. In fact, protective parents may still be haunted by a few of yours! Let your parents know that YOU know acting involves occasional acting tumbles, and that facing and overcoming them will only strengthen your perseverance in all the things you do. Let them know that you’re ready to pick yourself up.
3. Acting rewards being organized!
Opportunity favors the prepared, and acting is a great opportunity. Even part time acting enthusiasts develop great organizational skills when it comes to acting. There are lines and blocking to learn, schedules to track, auditions to get to on time… Prepared actors are rewarded with auditions, callbacks and casting. And the organizational skills you develop to pursue acting will benefit you academically, personally, and beyond.
4. Acting boosts networking skills!
“It’s who you know,” is a common entertainment industry phrase your parents may have heard. That’s why successful actors network, an essential skill in any profession. The best part about acting is acting classes TEACH NETWORKING! How? Acting classes begin with warm-ups, so you learn to get you comfortable with yourself and able to work with different people. Auditioning is all about introducing yourself, talking to new people, and managing any nerves you may have. And acting classes will instruct you to develop contacts in every aspect of your life, because any one of them may lead to the next acting job.
5. Acting encourages healthy habits!
Acting classes teach actors to use their “instrument,” which means your body, voice and mind. Good acting requires focus, imagination, and self-control, all of which is much easier if your body is eating and sleeping properly with regular exercise. Good acting classes advocate and reinforce healthy life choices, and casting directors often do, too, in the hiring decisions they make.
6. Acting cultivates public speaking!
More than just delivering speeches, performance training teaches actors to do so much more than speak publically. Training as an actor teaches you to be aware of and control how you present yourself in many “what if” situations, to read others’ reactions to you, and develop your range of responses. Acting training develops your awareness of social situations, your EQ (emotional awareness), and will help you understand and anticipate the reactions of others. Have to give a speech? Have a college entrance interview? Going out for a job? Acting classes will build up your personal presentation toolbox.
7. Actors are entrepreneurs!
All professional actors are small business owners, and their product is themselves and their skills. In fact, working actors succeed by applying the same principles and practices common to all small businesses to grow from the early freelance, piece-meal stage to regular, reliable working strategies. What does that mean? It means actors learn to run a business, manage resources, promote products and earn by developing themselves.
8. You love acting!
If you’ve read this far, acting is important to you, as in “will motivate you to do great things” kind of important. Tell your parents how you feel. Show them your enthusiasm, your excitement, your happiness. Share with them what acting means to you. It could be they’ve hesitated about acting classes because they aren’t convinced of your interest.
Whatever your parents decide, keep talking and sharing with them. Acting is here to stay, so let the timing be right for you and your family. And keep pursuing your dreams!