Becoming a talented actor is not something that comes overnight. There is a lot of hard work and training behind it.

All the famous faces you see on your favorite films or television series have had some sort of educational background when it comes to acting.

If this is a career you wish to pursue, just like with any other career out there, you have to study, learn and work hard to achieve it. The next thing that pops in your head is the cost.

Just like with any sort of educational program, pricing will be a factor in your decision making, which is perfectly normal.

First, you should consider what type of acting you wish you focus on. This can determine what schools would be best for you. Whether it is musical theatre, television or film.

Next, you may funnel those options down to location. Will you be attending a program in the state or out of state? There are also many choices when it comes to the acting programs you can choose from.

Acting is a career just like all the rest out there and attending a university program is an option for you.

If you are not interested in going back to a university then you may consider signing up to an acting studio near you.

You may not want to commit to a program or university program just yet and you may just be interested in getting your feet wet to start, so then why not hire a private acting coach?

These are just some of the many options you have in taking acting lessons.

Attending A University Program

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Meryl Streep is an American actress and is often described as the best actress of her generation. Source: Vincent Luigi Molino on VisualHunt

The more acting education and training you have the higher your chances are to land dream acting roles and receive more callbacks.

If you are fresh out of high school or wish you to go back to school to start your acting career then you may consider attending a university acting program.

A university program though will require more of your attention as it will most likely be full time, which means you will be assigned projects, homework, and teamwork.

This can be a great way to get started, as you will immerse yourself with other students in the same situation as you.

You will learn from each other and work together all for a common goal, to become great actors.
Of course, with any educational program comes the question of pricing.

How much will this cost you? Will you be able to afford it?

Let us take a look at some of the best universities in the United States that offer reputable acting programs.

Starting on the west coast, the University of California in Los Angeles is not only a research university but also has one of the best acting programs in the world.

UCLA has some very famous graduates such as James Dean, Ben Stiller, Francis Ford Coppola, and Jack Black, among many others.

The university’s training focuses on preparing not only good actors but also understanding the business, which comes in handy being in a city like Los Angeles.

If you are a California native, you’re in luck, as being an in-state student can cost around $13,000 per year, whereas an out of state student can cost up to $42,000 per year. These are both rough estimates.

American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, also known as ACT, is another very famous acting school on the west coast.

Students attending ACT get plenty of opportunities for exposure and experience as they can audition for real productions while still being students there.

Some famous graduates that you will recognize are Denzel Washington, Elizabeth Banks, Nicolas Cage, and Stranger Things star, Winona Ryder.

A rough estimate of 2020 tuition fees at ACT is around $30,000 per year.

Heading to the east coast, a university that needs no introduction in the acting industry, Juilliard School in New York City.

This school has been considered the best drama school in the world. It is even said that it is harder to get accepted into Juilliard than Harvard.

They train around 800 students annually and are proud to have some of the most notable graduates. Some of their graduates include Robin Williams, Val Kilmer, Kelsey Grammer and the original Superman, Christopher Reeve.

Tuition for attending Juilliard is around $47,000 per year.

The last east coast university that we will discuss, located in Connecticut, is an overall reputable institution as it also falls under the list of Ivy League research universities, Yale.

With a very impressive drama program, Yale is very difficult to get accepted to and once you are in, your hard work doesn’t stop there; you need to continue working hard to be able to stay and train.

It comes as no shock the list of famous actors that have graduated from Yale’s drama program. These graduates include the one and only Meryl Streep, Angela Bassett, Sigourney Weaver, and Henry Winkler.

A year’s tuition at Yale for 2020 can cost around $55,000 per year.

Attending An Acting Program at a Studio

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The Chicago Theatre, built in 1912, is a landmark theater located on North State Street in the Loop area of Chicago, Illinois, in the United States. Source: Visual hunt

After reading the above, you may realize that you cannot dedicate yourself to attending a four-year university program.

On the bright side, there are acting studios that will also offer great acting coaching, so you would not have to give up your dream of becoming an actor.

If we look back at one of our previous blogs, we discussed different acting studios around the nation.

Now, let us discuss pricing.

Traveling back to Los Angeles, 3-2-1 Acting Studios have a variety of programs for kids, teens and young adults.

Pricing for young adult acting lessons is around $700 for 8 sessions. You can definitely try a class for free to see if this studio will be perfect for you.

If you are looking to enroll in some improv classes, you may want to try another LA studio, Speiser/Sturges Acting Studio. This studio offers four improv classes for the price of $200 with film actor Dan Stransky.

It is best to look for classes that go perfect with your field of acting that you wish to get into.

The Barrow Group in New York City offers many different levels of acting courses throughout the year; it is just up to you to find which one will work best for you.

A year acting program at the Barrow Group is around $7,000.

Also located in the Big Apple is The Actors Studio is a membership organization for professional actors and is best known for teaching method acting.

Actors here work together to develop their acting skills in a private environment, which is why many actors call this studio a sacred place. Students here can take risks as performers without the pressure of commercial roles.

Current co-presidents are famous actors themselves such as Ellen Burstyn, Alec Baldwin, and Al Pacino.

Some of their famous graduates include Julia Roberts, Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, Jack Nicholson, and Bradley Cooper, among many others.

The price to attend The Actors Studio is a rough estimate of $45,000 per year.

Hiring a Private Acting Coach

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The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 American musical fantasy film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Widely regarded to be one of the greatest films in cinema history. Source: Len Radin on Visual hunt

One last thing we want to discuss is your option of hiring a private acting coach near you.

Here is where Superprof comes into play. Superprof is an online community of tutors all over the world in all sorts of industries, including acting.

You can simply go online and search for acting tutors near you.

The good thing about using Superprof to find your next acting tutor is that you can view their pricing, experience, client reviews, and a tiny biography, all at once.

You can view past client reviews and see how they did with other students. You can also read what type of acting they specialize on.

Superprof will also connect you to tutors near your area or wherever you wish to complete your sessions.

In Los Angeles and New York, acting tutors through Superprof cost anywhere from $30 to $100 per hour. The benefit of using Superprof is that your first sessions will be free.

This gives you a chance to meet your potential acting tutor face to face and see if there is a connection between you two.

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