If you’re looking for another way to enhance yourself as an actor, you should consider taking a screenwriting class. I recently completed one and it was one of the best decisions I could make for my career. Here are five reasons why:
1. Everything an actor says was written by a writer. Taking a writing class helps you understand how to develop timing, where to find the jokes in a script, and what patterns writers use for different genres.
2. Taking a writing class puts you in a room full of writers. I am a writer and have been for years. When I go to writer conventions, I always have my acting materials but it’s a great place to recruit more work for myself as an actor. When you join a writing class, it’s a passive way to build relationships with writers who are serious about getting better. Those are the writers you want to know.
3. You can learn to write material for yourself. Even if you don’t want to be a showrunner or a screenwriter, you will need material for your reel one day. When you don’t have anything new to show, this class will teach you how to write great material for yourself and others.
4. You need something else to focus on besides acting all the time. It might as well be something that will strengthen your acting later.
5. Writing is something you can do all by yourself!
If you’re in Atlanta, you have the opportunity to study with the same teacher/writer who taught me, Lamont Ferrell. Here is the link to his IMDB profile. He’s got quite a few credits under his belt, from Moesha to Girlfriends, to Let’s Stay Together. His next class is starting up soon and you don’t want to miss out.
If you’re not in Atlanta, you should get the book, Save the Cat. One of my best friends got it for me and it is seriously the last screenwriting book you’ll ever need.
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