Acting 101 for Adults - The Academy of Film, Fashion & Design

Acting 101 for Adults

Do you put on a performance everywhere you go?
Are you a natural born actor/actress? Do you love to make people laugh?
Do you have a love of theoretical performances?
Do you have the kind of personality that your friends and family tell you that you should be on TV or in the movies?
Have you always had dreams of becoming a famous actor and making millions?

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Course Information

If your dream is to be in front of the camera, acting in a major motion picture, television show or national commercial, then this Acting 101 for Adults course is for you. Actor Aaron Jackson offers many lessons to help you become the best you can be. He introduces students to various methods which he uses to teach and enhance their acting skills. Whether you are just considering an acting career, want to learn new techniques, sharpen your skills or are a seasoned actor, he can refine your talents. He will explain the basic tools for your “tool box” which include a resume, headshot, website, manager, demo reel, and proper warm up. From working on auditions, monologues, and scene study to sharing the secrets of success in local markets and in Hollywood, you will learn the ins and out of marketing yourself. This course will give you the tools you need to be a successful working actor.

During this course, you will learn:

  • Developing the “right” acting attitude
  • Acting Fundamentals 101
  • Acting Etiquette
  • Learning how to perfect your acting skills and unlock your potential
  • Mentally, emotionally and physically preparing yourself as an actor
  • Learning what it takes to make it and having the willingness to do it!
  • Mastering your acting crafts and growing your skills
  • Going on casting calls
  • Learning that commitment and determination are the two secrets to acting success
  • Selecting the right Agent
  • Learning improv survival techniques
  • Focus on a theme or acting range when starting
  • Finding and keeping work

Meet our expert

  • Aaron Jackson

    Aaron Jackson starred on the NBC live-action musical comedy series, California Dreams, where he played Mark Winkle, one of the band’s lead singers.

    Prior to landing his role on California Dreams, he did a wide range of theatrical productions, including Bye-Bye Birdie, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, Tea and Sympathy, Torch Song Trilogy, Guys and Dolls, Rumors, and, the critically acclaimed, Bobby Socs It To Ya. Aaron has recently returned to the stage, starring in Arsenic and Old Lace, Owl and the Pussycat, Mousetrap, and Harvey at the Cultural Arts Theatre.

    Other television credits include Silk Stalkings and a pilot called Impact, a talk show for teens. Aaron is starring as Raoul in the upcoming TV pilot, Coney Island.

    Film credits include Lorenzo’s Oil, From Venus, and Children of the Corn: Fields of Terror (based on the book“Children of the Corn” by Steven King.) Other film credits include Wicked Spring, Heaven’s Neighbor, and Tangy Guacamole, Captain, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (a remake of the 1962 Academy Award winning film), The PainWithin, and Biophage.

    Aaron has also directed the films Cross to the Other Side and Ghost Story Chronicles. He recently finished directing the award winning film, Fighting a War of My Own and is currently producing The Bar Mitzvah.

    Aaron has also done a variety of national commercials, including a P.S.A. on AIDS for which he received the “Ace Award”.

    Aaron is most proud of the work he has done helping aspiring actors break into the acting industry. He travels the country coaching up and coming talent in the art of acting, specializing in monologue and audition prep, scene study, character breakdown, and improvisation.

    Aaron has been a motivational speaker for 18years. His company, Dangerous Curves Productions, was founded in 2007. His primary focus is to help students make positive choices in their lives. He speaks to students across the country on the dangers of drug and alcohol use, the negative effects of bullying and how to set achievable goals. He also works hand-in- hand with non-profit organizations, such as D.A.R.E., Make-A- Wish, St. Jude’s Hospital, Special Olympics, the Love Ride for MDA, and the Ami Thom Foundation, just to name a few.

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