The Acting Corps takes great pride in its real world desire for each one of its
students to book a job in the acting industry. All of its classes, everything
about the Acting Corps, is specifically designed and geared to train its
students for the real world, which includes earning an income as an actor.
It is not a school for dilettantes or lonely people looking for classroom
fellowship. Those seeking slight diversion at the Acting Corps will soon fizzle
and fade from the demands of the craft posed upon them. The entire ethos of the
school is to train actors who will succeed as actors, which includes, in large
part, the means to earn a living. Not earning at any cost, mind you -- no one is
encouraged to take acting work that goes against his or her principles. That
said, one must still seek to earn as an actor as soon as possible
The school, housed in its own newly renovated structure, is literally located
just minutes from two of the major motion picture studios of the world. The
studios, for its feature length motion pictures as well as its television shows,
require actors to tell their stories. Someone has to book this work. The Acting
Corps philosophy is to prepare students as soon as possible to stand ready to
book work. It is that simple.
One’s apprenticeship to the arts assumes to take ten to fifteen years,
minimally, and oftentimes these apprenticeships are rendered without financial
compensation of any kind. The philosophy of the Acting Corps disputes this
assumption. Of course, to become a master of the acting craft may very well take
any number years for a variety of reasons -- but these reasons do not preclude
starting to make your living as an actor.
Many great actors, having earned very well for years and years, have often been
quoted to the effect that they were just starting to catch on to their craft --
this, after delighting us with their performances for years!
The Acting Corps takes great pride in not only the course of study it makes
available to its students, but to its track record of those who have succeeded,
having studied at the Acting Corps.
To date, over 1200 students of the Acting Corps have booked work as an actor,
according to IMBD, the industry website which tracks film and television
Therefore, just as important as the art and craft of acting, to which the Acting
Corps gives utmost respect, the school gives the actor’s place in the world
similar respect. One must earn a living, and it is important to invite your
quest for artistry and need for money into the same room.
The Acting Corps invites you to go get a job -- not a “survival” job, not a “B”
job, but an acting job -- and tries to inculcate this vision of the actor as
someone who earns a living acting into each and every one of its students. Vows
of poverty for one’s arts are not encouraged at the Acting Corps. You are paying
good money for your classes, which should reap a specific dividend.
Which is not to say that The Acting Corps does not pay attention to creative
development. But there is a way to encourage creative development in young
actors without selling them a bill of goods. There is a way to represent the
creative path as a lifelong endeavor without requiring that the students remain
at an acting institution for two or three years and NOT go out and seek work
during that time. The truth is, Acting Corps Artistic Director Eugene Buica
states, there should be an organic dialogue between the world of the classroom
and that of professional film and television work. They need to occur at the
same time. Whatever problems actors have in the real world need to be brought
into class and resolved. You can’t train to act in a vacuum and then go out and
expect to book work, it just doesn’t work that way. Learning to take your art to
the marketplace is part of the curriculum of the Acting Corps.
The Acting Corps faculty includes successfully working actors and filmmaking
professionals. Eugene Buica, the Acting Corps’ founder and Artistic Director,
was for many years a working actor before his role at the Acting Corps, and
continues to book work.
Can the Acting Corps guarantee that its students will book work? The answer,
according to Mr. Buica is, “Yes and no. Just telling someone you studied at the
Acting Corps will not get you a job. However, if you apply the skills you will
learn to auditions and then use these skills as a foundation to build upon, the
answer is a resounding YES.”
Students receive recommendations to agents when deemed appropriate, as well as
ample exposure to casting directors and other industry professionals.
Of course, you cannot expect to make a living as an actor if you do not learn
your craft. However, once a sincere and concerted effort shows itself, earning a
living usually follows.