Frequently asked questions
WHERE DO I BEGIN?
THE BEST PLACE TO BEGIN FOR ADULTS IS WITH OUR ONLINE SCRIPT ANALYSIS LECTURE. YOU WILL LEARN HOWARD’S 8 STEPS TO SCRIPT ANALYSIS AND ROLE PREPARATION AND HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN ABOUT OUR STUDIO AND THE CLASSES WE OFFER.
FOR KIDS, WE RECOMMEND OUR ACTING TECHNIQUE CLASS FOR KIDS OR THE 4-DAY KIDS INTENSIVE.
What Technique Do You Teach?
Do You Offer Classes for Kids?
Do you offer online acting classes?
Yes! Fine Online is the destination for quality online actor training! We have brought our proven LA-based training to the online space so you can get celebrity acting coaching directly from your home. Our faculty has new tools & resources to deliver the same quality actor training anywhere in the world. In addition to Howard’s acting technique class, our online acting classes include auditioning for film and TV, self-tape coaching, Voiceover, Alexander Technique, and on-camera technique to keep you sharp in our rapidly changing industry. Because this is a huge opportunity for actors to get ahead, we are proud to offer the best online acting classes for the future of the business. We hope you’ll join us!
I Have Previous Training and Experience, What Class is Right for Me?
What if I’ve Never Acted Before?
What Material is used in Class?
There are acting classes in Los Angeles where actors watch TV shows and copy the material. We avoid imitation or other ways actors get in their heads and work inauthentically. Our Los Angeles scene study classes use scenes from plays, monologues, or solo material such as Working or Humans of New York. Howard Fine faculty and students work in Film and; TV all the time, but for our scene study classes – where actors can challenge themselves and grow – the most substantial and helpful material is from theater. The on-camera, voice, and kids classes use material from TV shows, films, audition sides, cold-read material, songs, and poems.
Will your studio help me prepare for acting in film & television?
So what is our philosophy? Get great at what you do! We’ll prepare you to be self-sufficient as artists so you can do your best work by knowing your craft inside out and without hand-holding. Outside preparation, rehearsal, and exercises are a big part of our training the same way musicians warm up with scales, or ballet dancers go back to bar work. It’s true that you may not always have the luxury of rehearsal time on professional projects, just as you won’t always have a coach or teacher on set, but if you can work correctly you can learn to work quickly and under less ideal circumstances.
Olympic athletes do not show up for the competition without practicing. Great actors benefit from solid training. That’s where craft comes in. That’s where we come in. If you don’t have craft, no quick fix will save you or give you the tools for repeatable success and longevity. Good acting looks easy but isn’t. Who do we see at Oscar time? The Meryl Streeps, the Denzels: the actors who come from the stage!
How Can Actors Advance Their Careers by Studying With You?
The industry recognizes our studio for being a step above. It’s no mistake that each year actors from our studio are nominated for Oscars, Emmys, Golden Globes, and Tonys. How do you get there? We couldn’t possibly give you the answer, but we know those actors worked hard and applied technique. Our class standards mean you can step onto any major set ready to work.
Our actors often find ways to produce their work independently after getting a start in scene study. Plays, scene nights, one-acts, short films, and comedy sketches all tend to arise organically from relationships developed at the studio. You won’t hear the word “networking” very often, but it IS common for classmates to collaborate and bring each other on-board professional projects.
What Should I Look for in an Acting Class?
How Much Do Acting Classes Cost?
Do You Offer Military Discounts?
Do You Have Industry Showcases?
How Do I Memorize Lines?
What classes do you offer for kids?
Is the studio open during the Covid-19 Pandemic?
Yes – online! Continue training right from home! Even though the LA studio is closed indefinitely for in-person classes, we are offering a variety of rich, new, and popular online courses. We all look forward to reopening when it is safe to do so. In the meantime, we are proud to offer quality education worldwide with Fine Online!
I Hear Howard Fine Sometimes Travels to Teach, Does Howard Fine Teach Acting Classes Near Me?
Is There Parking at the Studio?
Do You Offer Refunds/Pro Rate Classes?
Our Los Angeles acting studio classes are in high-demand and often fill up. Because of this, we do not pro-rate for actors who begin a course and drop or who miss class time due to personal conflicts. Actors are responsible for attending the full duration of a class and for making up any missed work!. For some classes, students may reserve their spot with a deposit. This deposit is refundable until one week prior to the start date, after which it becomes a credit good for six months/one transfer. Otherwise, tuition is non-refundable and; non-transferable with few exceptions for emergencies or extenuating circumstances, at the studio’s discretion.