Have you ever thought of passing your acting techniques to other performers? Experienced actors will sometimes choose to teach part-time after some years in the industry. If you are all versed in acting techniques and feel qualified to teach others about your craft, you should look into becoming an acting coach.

Acting coaches can belong to acting schools or teach privately. They can also work hand in hand with casting directors or can even work on set. Some acting tutors might even decide to open an acting studio or direct an acting program.

They help students refine their acting skills and coach them through the acting process. 

Most acting coaches will also teach acting classes and help with a range of techniques to help actors and performers reach their goals. You can hire a drama coach to help you with a difficult monologue, improv, or script analysis.

By giving students acting lessons, you will not only be able to pass on your knowledge but it can also be a source of income in between your gigs and auditions.

Young actors are always looking for mentors who can teach them the ropes of this very complicated industry, so if you are up for the job, there is definitely a demand.

An acting teacher needs to be well experienced in various types of acting. They should have background knowledge on the entertainment industry, including how to best deal with talent agents, how to get through a taping, and how to help students sharpen their stage acting. 

Acting tutors are also available for both adult classes and kids' classes.

What is an acting coach?

Also known as a drama coach, an acting coach is a teacher who trains acting performers. Their students consist of film, television, theatre, or musical theatre actors. They mentor the students and provide them with opportunities to showcase their talents.

An acting coach can help you prepare for auditions and teach you different styles of acting.

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Just like any other trade, acting takes time to learn, that is why there are trained professionals such as drama teachers and acting coaches to show you the ropes. (Photo by Beatriz Pérez Moya on Unsplash)

An acting coach can help you make the best choices for your career. They are versed in the environment of the showbiz. Students look to these teachers to show them the ropes of the very complicated world of acting.

Acting coaches also guide their students through the best ways of getting over nerves and surpassing the anxiety that a student might feel while on set. Acting coaches will also help rehearse scenes and introduce actors to the best ways to hone in on their strengths. 

Drama coaches teach students about every aspect of acing an audition. They are well versed in what each actor should prepare for a gig. Acting teachers have information about the best clothing, self-presentation, body language, and memorization skills that a student might need in order to get the part.

Acting coaches can provide classes or private acting lessons. If you are looking for private acting lessons, make sure to check out our listing of acting coaches available through Superprof.

What training do acting coaches need?

Although there are no formal training is required to becoming an acting coach, it is definitely encouraged that you receive some form of certification and acting training.

It is very common for acting coaches to have been actors in the past. Once they have acquired relevant experience in the field some actors might move onto coaching.

Acting coaches might have an undergraduate or master’s degree in drama, theatre, or performing arts. Universities across the US offer degrees in the field of acting, there are also private acting schools that offer classes specific to teaching acting teachers.

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Acting coaches need vast amounts of experience either behind or in front of the camera. (Photo by Jakob Owens on Unsplash)

Acting coaches should also be well versed in different acting techniques. They need to be able to adapt to the needs of their students. Actors use several different techniques when bringing a character to life.

Some of the acting techniques that a coach should be able to teach include:

  • Method Acting
  • Practical Aesthetics Acting Technique
  • Meisner Acting Technique
  • Classical Acting
  • The Chekhov Acting Technique.

Method acting encourages actors to connect to the character by bringing out personal emotions and memories. They use methods such as sense memory and affective memory to better engage with the character they are trying to portray.

In theory, the actor should try their best to “become” the character. Robert De Niro, Angelina Jolie, and Jim Carrey have all used method acting throughout their acting careers.

Practical Aesthetics Acting Technique is based on “ the practice of breaking down a scene using four-step analysis”. Here are the steps to practical aesthetics.

  1. Literal - what is going on in the scene?
  2. Want - what are the goals of each actor in the scene?
  3. Essential Action - what does the character what to do in that scene?
  4. As if - act as if this was your own life, to put yourself in the shoes of the character and act through an "essential action".

Meisner Acting Technique is an approach that helps the actors “get out of their head”. The goal is for the actor to be able to behave instinctively to the surrounding environment.

Most of the exercises used to perfect this technique are based on repetition, everything should become an improvisation. This helps the actor turn to free acting and give a more inspired performance.

Classical Acting is a systemic approach to training actors. Through this method, actors are supposed to study “concentration, voice, physical skills, emotion memory, observation, and dramatic analysis”.

Classical acting is an umbrella in which actors are allowed to take different parts of the other techniques and mix them together to personalize their approach to the script. Most acting courses will teach this method since it is the most generalized style. 

The Chekhov Acting Technique is a “psycho-physical approach”. Through this technique, actors are encouraged to tap into their subconscious. The goal is to externalize the inner thoughts and wants of what the character should be feeling. The goal of using this technique is to bring out a more truthful character portrayal.

Acting coaches should have a general idea of what these approaches are. Most coaches will specialize in one method but nonetheless, they should have a concept of what the other methods entail.

Some coaches will continue to pursue their acting careers and others will choose to focus solely on helping others learn acting. 

If you are looking to try out these acting methods, you can take them for a test when you are preparing for your next acting job.

Become an Acting Coach with Superprof

Superprof can help you kick start your career as an acting coach. When you sign up on Superprof as a tutor, you join a large network of over 2000 acting coaches in the US. Through this platform you will be able to pass on your acting techniques and knowledge.

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You can start earning cash as an acting coach right away with Superprof. (Photo by Josh Appel on Unsplash)

Acting students will be able to see your profile as soon as they reach the site. There is no need to advertise anywhere else. You can offer home tuition in your area or offer online tutoring sessions. Through online sessions, you will be able to offer your services to the thousands of students that use Superprof when looking for a tutor.

Sharing your passion can start with a click. This is a great way to earn some extra cash flow in between auditions. You can also up your income with work as a TV extra.

Helping others reach their optimal acting ability can be very rewarding. Becoming an acting coach is more than just helping students memorize their lines, it is about finding the best way to build a solid foundation of skill and confidence for students to be able to take risks and land their dream acting jobs. 

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