Why Professional Acting Education Matters Today

The world of acting is a very broad and lucrative profession that encompasses many mediums. From television and theater to web exclusive content and motion pictures, this multi-billion dollar industry sits at the core of the entertainment industry. It should really come as no surprise that countless millions wish to pursue acting careers in one form or another.

While pursuing your acting chops required a bit of raw talent and luck in previous decades, today’s world of acting is much more rigorous and formalized. As such, more formal credentials and experience are required to truly have a chance at success.

Today, we’ll look at some of the reasons why pursuing a professional education in acting matters – and may ultimately make or break your prospective career.

The Preferences of Casting Services

In the old days, qualified actors – or even aspiring ones – could walk into an office and potentially even audition on set for various roles and parts. Today, this is no longer the case. Much of the work has been outsourced to casting agencies and services, many of which are extremely picky about who they consider in the first place.

For instance, most LA casting is handled by casting service agencies that require very strict qualifications in order to be considered. From how you apply to where you audition, everything is regimented – and most of it is handled online. This means that you won’t necessarily get a chance to make a good first impression in person, but rather, will be chosen based on your credentials and qualifications.

The Sheer Supply of Actors

While it is true that there is more demand for talent than ever, there is also more supply. Everybody wants to be a star, but not everybody has the experience or credentials to live up to the hype. As more and more people find small-scale fame in various web-based and local productions, they hope to leverage this into a more permanent and stable career. This has led to an inflation in the number of actors seeking work.

As such, casting agencies have more applicants to consider than ever. This has led to them being more selective about who they choose. One of the best ways to make yourself stand out – especially if you have no prior paid acting experience – is by possessing a college degree from a well-known university for actors. Whether it is in drama or fine arts, it can make a huge difference in whether or not you are noticed.

Valuable Connections

By pursuing a formal education in acting, you’ll simply acquire more acting tools and connections than you would if you approach the industry from a different route. Many of the top acting schools in this country help immediately place their graduates with casting agencies, moving them to the top of the list in terms of selection.

Even outside the world of casting agencies, an education in acting can help produce relationships that keep you abreast of new opportunities and friendships – which won’t be available if you don’t pursue a formal education in the first place.

 

As more and more people pursue careers in acting, the competition continues to become stiffer. By obtaining professional acting experience in the form of formal education, you’ll be better positioned to impress casting agencies, outdo the competition and make valuable connections that’ll pay dividends over the course of your acting career.

Enjoy the goodness of strawberries with these two delightful recipes

Strawberries with whipped cream or chocolate syrup is always a favourite. But don’t you ever want to move ahead and try something new in your kitchen? Simply watching MasterChef won’t help you. You need to get out there and try your hands at making something new. These recipes by Chef Jitendra Upadhyay, Pastry Chef, Renaissance Lucknow Hotel are worth trying. You will thank us once you master it.

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Fresh Strawberry Tart with Mascarpone Cream

Ingredients
For the Tart base
100g – Unsalted butter
50g – Icing/ Confectioners’ sugar
1 pinch – Salt
2 tbsp – Milk
150g – All-purpose flour
A few drops of vanilla extract

For the Mascarpone Cream filling
100g – Whipped topping cream
100g – Mascarpone cheese
A few drops of vanilla extract

For the Fruit topping and garnish
Fresh strawberries
Chocolate /Nuts (Optional)

Method
* Sieve flour and salt together and keep it aside.

* Cream butter and sugar in small bowl.

* Make the dough for the tart by mixing all the ingredients and keep it in the refrigerator for an hour.

* Remove dough from the refrigerator, roll it out and place it into a greased tart pan. Press it down and up the sides until it is even. Refrigerate tart for at least 10-15 mins.

* Preheat oven to 170 degree celsius. Remove tart from the refrigerator, dock it with a fork and bake for 15-18 mins.

* Allow to cool completely before filling.

* Make the filling by mixing all the ingredients carefully with a spatula and cover the insides of the tart with it.

* Garnish the tart with fresh strawberry/chocolate/sliced pistachio.

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Strawberry Chocolate Brownies

Ingredients
250g – Dark chocolate
250g – Unsalted butter
360g – Caster sugar
5 – Eggs
5ml – Vanilla extracts
100g – Strawberry chocolate (chopped)
50g – Chopped nuts
65g – All-purpose flour
1 tsp – Baking powder

For Garnish
Fresh strawberries
Vanilla ice cream
Chocolate garnish

Method
Preheat the oven to 170 degree celsius.

* Line a 24cm square baking tin with greaseproof paper.

* Melt the dark chocolate and butter into a large bowl and place it on a pan of simmering water.

* Sift the flour and baking powder in a separate bowl and add nuts and strawberry chocolate chunks to it.

* Beat the eggs and sugar until you reach a silky consistency.

* Beat the eggs and add the chocolate mixer and all the dry ingredients to it.

* Pour the brownie mix into the greased baking tin.

* Bake at 180 degree celsius for 25-30 mins.

* Allow to cool, then cut into chunky squares.

* Serve with vanilla ice cream and fresh strawberries.