Never Stop Learning – Keeping your Acting Tools SharpMost professions require occasional seminars and training courses in order to keep abreast of industry developments, and to keep employees' skills honed. Acting should be no different. You might have taken acting courses in high school and college, but you should periodically take refresher classes, or work with a coach. Even if you're a professional, you shouldn't rest on your laurels – there is always room for growth.
Learn from the mastersOne of the reasons it's easy to backslide in terms of acting quality is that so much material is just, well… bad. If you've spent the past few years doing nothing but TV spots and small films, chances are you've been working with material that is not only unchallenging, but probably unwatchable! When you take formal acting classes (if you're taking good acting classes), you have to work with excellent material – material that forces you to be present, smart, and emotionally available. Nothing makes you sharper than Shakespeare!
Work in a safe environmentAnother benefit to taking acting classes is the fact that everyone is there to work on their craft. No branding, no posturing. You only benefit by throwing yourself, body and soul, into the work at hand. You're free to make bold choices, and make mistakes. This is essential for growth.
Keep yourself focusedSometimes, it might seem as though an acting career is 99 percent networking, and 1 percent memorization. It can definitely get discouraging.
It is very easy to get lost in the world of endless auditions, personal branding, and rejection. Revisiting (or visiting, if you're new to a class) your training, where skill and creativity are valued above all other qualities, will help to remind you what drew you to acting in the first place.