Third Year Program

The Actor as Artist and Entrepreneur

What Good Is All The Training In The World If You Don’t Know How To Find Work?

* Classes begin September 17th!

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The goal of the Third Year Program at the Terry Knickerbocker Studio is to prepare the actor for the demands of being an entrepreneur in the entertainment industry. The 3rd year curriculum is designed not only to continually nurture the artist’s needs but to lay the foundation for their career. Today’s actor has to maintain their artistic identity while simultaneously running their own business. The ever-changing landscape of media (film, independent film, television, web series, shorts, theater, etc.) gives actors more chances to work; however, without a clear marketing plan and a strategic outlook, they run the risk of missing many of these opportunities.

In the Third Year Program, the actor will explore and refine their brand as it pertains to the industry as a whole.  With a clear marketing strategy for film, television, web and theater the actor will strategize an entrepreneurial plan for themselves while not losing sight of their artistic integrity and creative goals. We will work on skills such as working with the camera, auditioning, cold reading, commercials, shooting on set, working with classical text and setting up your career to maximize your own opportunities.

The culmination of the Third Year Program is the Virtual Showcase created in Film & TV Level III. Students will finish with two custom-written, professionally shot scenes that are in line with their artistic “sweet spot” and their marketing strategy. The scenes, along with filmed monologues will be compiled into an online showcase shared with top industry professionals. This final showcase will be by audition/invitation and only those actors who meet the studio’s standard of artistic excellence will be accepted into the final online showcase.

Third Year Program

Third Year Core Essentials

6 - 12 hours per week, including outside work

Other Courses

3-6 hours per week each, including outside work

Film & TV Level III

3-6 hours per week each

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