It is an incontestable fact that there has been a surge in the number of acting and drama schools in recent days. This fact is attributable to a number of factors. The main one is the strong emerging and growing interest in acting (and other artistic careers) in recent days. This is in turn attributable to the ‘celebrity culture’ that has taken a hold; where celebrities who make a name for themselves through such artistic careers go on to make for themselves stunningly big fortunes. Suddenly, we end up with actors, musicians and even DJs who make more than even the best doctors, lawyers and engineers! Indeed, today, such artists are expected to earn more than the ‘professionals’ – which would have been unexpected just a few decades ago, when everybody looking to make a fortune had to turn to professions like medicine, law and engineering. View it now Los Angeles Acting School
So much about the growing interest in artistic careers: because in summary, that is where the fame and the money is, today. But then something else has emerged – and it is this that is really behind the growing interest in acting schools. This new trend is that today’s artists are, for the most part, made rather than born. The notion that an ‘ordinary’ person, with the right training and persistence, can be molded into a celebrity artist has taken hold. If an ‘ordinary’ person could be molded into a doctor, lawyer or engineer, why can’t they also be molded into artists? What requires more training anyway? All this debate, of course, is in great contrast to what we had just a few years ago, when great artistry was attributed to ‘talent’ rather than training. The actors of those days, for instance, were usually people who ‘had acting in their blood’ – so that all they had to do was audition for a play, movie or program series; be given a few acting tips here and there by the director – and get going with their roles. Indeed, weren’t some so good that giving them the acting tips would have been superfluous? In short, acting was about ‘talent’ than about ‘training.’
To be sure, even today, when we see a great actor, we are likely to say that they are ‘highly talented,’ rather than ‘highly trained.’ What has changed about the ‘talented’ bit, however, is that unlike in the old days when only some individuals were said to be talented, today everybody is seen as being potentially talented, just waiting for the right training to unleash that talent.
Therein comes the emerging role of acting schools.
Acting schools are increasingly no longer the places they were before, where people who were ‘exceptionally talented’ in acting were taken, to be made even better. Such a model meant there were few acting schools, and they were largely bereft of students, as few people could honestly fit the ‘exceptionally talented’ tag. Today’s acting schools, on the other hand work from the assumption that everyone is naturally talented, though not necessarily exceptionally. It is their role, then, to bring out that latent talent – and with co-operation from the person in whom it is latent, turn him or her into the billion-dollar earning ‘celebrity actor’ – which almost every young person seems to want to become nowadays.