Age and the
Hi, I have had many,
many e-mails asking about the age requirement for the course. Well here is
the low down.
The youngest I recommend the course to is 13yrs. If you are in your
early teens the Home Acting Course will be great for you, provided these
next statements apply to you.
You need to be mature, focused and hardworking. It is very easy to be
caught up in the glitz and glamour of becoming a 'Star' without accepting
the reality of the hard work needed. There are many ways that I could sell
this course playing on those dreams, but I only want people to buy the
course if they are prepared to work at it. So if work is not your thing,
this course probably wont be for you. However, if you don't mind the work
and are prepared to focus and see it through, the teenage age group is
excellent for the 'Carne Method'. Why? Firstly you have reached a
sufficient level of mental ability (cognitive functioning) to be able to
understand all the concepts and ideas presented to you. Secondly you are
yet to fully establish your adult barriers which is a huge asset in your
study. While doing the course you will be able to recognize the barriers
that you are starting to form, barriers that 'protect' you from conflict
situations in the world. Recognizing and understanding these barriers will
mean that they wont become barriers for your characters. How do you give a
brilliant performance of one who is emotionally hurt, if you the actor
have buried these emotions and don't even know it!?
Students in their Twenties
The main thing for students in their twenties is to be open to new
ideas. You may have done a number of courses before, even some
professional work, you need to commit yourself to the course
intellectually and emotionally. You will gain insight into human behavior
and be able to look back on your own upbringing to recognize elements that
have been influential if the way you 'deal' with the world. I have had
some wonderful feedback from people in their twenties who have felt that a
new world has been opened to them. I feel great when I get this kind of
response, it's nice to help make great actors but it's an even better
feeling when I know that the course is benefiting people in their everyday
lives as well.
Beyond the Twenties
The 'world wise' crowd, like the Twenties group, need to keep an open
mind. After the dreaded 30th Birthday people become even more set in their
ways. The challenge is to toss aside pre-conceived ideas and prepare for a
fresh look at life and acting. This age group also includes people who
have become 'jaded' by the industry, some start to become bitter because
they are not yet as successful as they would like to be. If you have found
yourself 'slagging' off the Industry, becoming steadily more bitter as the
world refuses to accept your talent. Stop it!! These feelings and
resentments will not help you at all to reach the levels you aspire to.
Get a fresh start, pretend that it was only this morning that you decided
to become an actor, you have the rest of your life to train and reach your
goals. Acting is one of the rare professions that you can keep working in
up till the day you die.
So for all the 30+ out there, when you order the course you must keep
an open mind with a fresh eye. If the excitement has gone a bit from those
eyes, get it back, and start to get your career on back on track! If the excitement
never left your eyes then all the better!
I hope this has been helpful, I look forward to working with you soon.