How To Become A Professional Acting Artist Who Can Move An Audience So Deeply They Will Thank You For Changing Their Lives!
“The best actors in the world are not just actors they are artists,” says this method acting leader, who has spent 30 years uncovering the best method approaches from across the globe.
“That’s why their work has a profound effect on the watcher. If you want to attain this level, I can teach you how, but you need to be willing to dedicate and commit everything to this. That’s why I only take 12 aspiring actors onto my Ultimate Acting Programme, it’s simply not for everyone.”
If you want to become a professional acting artist and have the power to deeply affect an audience so they thank you for changing their lives, then this letter will show you how.
Here’s the story:
Before I became a professional actor, I worked in a bank, and I hated every moment of it.
While my banking buddies would salivate at the sight of a spreadsheet, I found it completely unfulfilling and soul-destroying. I just wasn’t cut out for it.
In my spare time, I began searching for something to fill the empty void created by the banking job.
That’s when I stumbled across an amateur dramatics group who were looking for new members. I had always fancied giving acting a go, so I decided to take the plunge.
I got cast in my first role and remember standing in the wings on the opening night, excited but also absolutely petrified.
Then the moment came when I had to perform.
Time stood still.
You could hear a pin drop.
The lights came up, and I was ON.
I Felt Completely At Home On Stage
I thought I would feel nervous and self-conscious, but instead, I felt very confident and empowered.
From that moment on, I was hooked.
A few years later, I moved from Scotland to London with one clear goal in mind; to become a professional actor.
I auditioned and won a place at a traditional London drama school and whilst at first I was thrilled, later I realised that something was wrong.
The training focused on using your body and voice to pretend and imitate your way through a role.
Basically, faking it.
After a few years, I had turned into an acting robot without even realising it, slavishly reciting lines and repeating actions with no real feeling in them.
It was frustrating. I knew I was capable of much more, but I didn’t know how to achieve it.
Then, one day, I was sitting watching TV, and I thought to myself…
Whatever Sean Penn Was Doing,
I Was Never Taught!
I was watching him in a film called Hurly Burly, and I was struck by how real his acting was. It was spontaneous, authentic and completely alive. It didn’t even look like he was acting; it looked like real life!
Not only that, but he could access strong, authentic emotion and deliver it with ease.
That’s when I realised that whatever he was doing, I had never been taught at drama school. In fact, it looked like the opposite. There was no pretending or faking; it was utterly convincing.
I started to look into his background, and it turned out he studied Method Acting, which had a reputation for being psychologically deep.
I then discovered an interview with one of my favourite actors, Jack Nicholson. Jack starred in The Shining and One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, where he seamlessly crawled into the psychotic minds of his characters.
He said this about Method Acting:
"There's Probably No One Who Understands
Method Acting Better Academically Than I Do,
Or Actually Uses It More In His Work."
That was enough for me. If Jack was a student of Method Acting, then it made sense for me to follow in his footsteps.
Not only that, but it soon became apparent that there was a very long list of top film actors who used Method Acting, including; James Dean, Al Pacino, Paul Newman, Robert De Niro, Marlon Brando, Angelina Jolie, Scarlett Johansson and Daniel Day-Lewis to name a few.
At first, I was excited about this new acting journey, but a part of me was furious because I had spent many years and thousands of pounds studying inferior acting techniques.
I had to swallow that very bitter pill and focus on correcting the mistake by starting again.
I dusted myself down and took Method Acting classes and was soon struck by how different it was from my previous drama school training.
Instead of pretending to be the character, I learned how to inhabit and become them. Rather than faking emotions, I learned how to tap into raw authentic feelings on demand. And instead of planning my actions and how to say lines in advance, I lived in the moment and responded spontaneously.
It transformed my acting.
I started to get jobs with some of the top film directors in the industry, including Ken Loach and Danny Boyle and was over the moon.
Gone were the days of faking, forcing and pretending now I was really ALIVE and delivering real, gritty and authentic work.
I even got to play Jack Nicholson’s role in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest in a stage production and received a review saying, “Randle P. McMurphy – perfectly played by Brian Timoney.”
Then, soon after, I received another review for my performance in a Tennessee Williams play which said, “Brian Timoney fully inhabits his character, Lee Strasberg-style, in Talk To Me Like The Rain”.
In 2006, I decided to expand my horizons and as well as using Method Acting as an a actor, I started to teach it and opened the doors to my acting studio with my wife, Natalie.
Together, we have taught and nurtured hundreds of students over the years and helped launch their careers into the acting industry.
Since the very beginning, we have prided ourselves on being a family-run acting studio that continually evolves and pushes the boundaries of acting training to get the best results possible for our students.
In 2012, I asked Natalie if she would like to go and see a Chekhov play performed in Russian, bizarrely she agreed, and that night we saw acting that was like watching…
Method Acting On Steroids
The production was Uncle Vanya by the Russian Vakhtangov Theatre Company.
In short…it was incredible.
The actors were completely in the zone. Their performances were magical; you could see in their eyes their utter belief and conviction. Not only that, but they were able to express themselves in a very heightened way making their acting very deep and profound. It was magnetic. You couldn’t take your eyes off the stage for a moment.
They call this form of acting Fantastic Realism.
If you want a modern-day equivalent, Joaquin Phoenix’s performance in Joker would be a good starting point.
Imagine a whole cast of actors acting at this level. That’s what it was like. They were not just professional actors; they were acting artists of the highest standards.
I had to discover their secret.
I conducted extensive research over the next eight years and spent time in the birthplace of Method Acting – Moscow – and discovered new and highly effective methods and approaches.
I began teaching my students these new techniques, and I saw an immediate improvement.
They were able to very quickly (much quicker than before) get lost in the world of the character and emotionally and physically express themselves without thinking about how to do it.
You might want to read that again because it’s right at the crux of how the greatest actors in the world achieve highly artistic acting.
Let me explain.
If a professional pianist had to think consciously about where to place their fingers to play every note, they wouldn’t express the music properly. They would be too busy thinking about how to position their hands and fingers. It’s only when they can forget about this that they can express themselves fully.
It’s the same for the actor.
My students’ work became progressively more bold, confident, and impactful due to this new approach, which I named – Timoney Method®.
Timoney Method is a combination of the work of Lee Strasberg, Eugene Vakhtangov, Nikolai Demidov, and my own inventions. This approach is completely unique to my actors’ studio.
It’s also the cornerstone of my…
Ultimate Acting Programme
This is a comprehensive actor training and career launch that will transform you into a highly skilled method acting artist and business of acting professional, in one year on a part-time basis.
BREAKING NEWS: 85% of graduating students in 2021 secured agents after the showcase.
I put this programme together by asking myself one straightforward question, which was:
“What is it you need to become a successful acting artist in today’s industry?”
The answer to that question became my Ultimate Acting Programme.
This includes training in:
- Timoney Method Acting
- Voice and Speech
- Physical Acting
- Stage Acting
- Screen Acting
- Audition Technique and Self-Taping
- Business of Acting
- A Closed Door (In-Person) Session with a Leading UK Casting Director
- A Career Launch Package
- Bespoke On-Location Showreel Shoot
- A Live End of Year “Champagne Showcase” at an Exclusive Members’ Club, in the heart of Theatre Land, in London’s West End
This is all delivered on a part-time basis (three days a month over twelve months), so you can hold down a day job while you train.
There are plenty of people who would like to train professionally but can’t because they can’t afford to go drama school full-time for three years and rack up £50 – £60K worth of debt.
That’s why I specifically designed my programme so that you can earn while you learn.
I used a concept called The 80/20 Principle to achieve this. It’s a fact that 80% of your results come from just 20% of your actions. This means that 80% of your activities contribute nothing or very little to the end result.
So, I applied this to traditional acting training and got rid of many areas that are not required for the successful training of an actor.
Instead, I focused entirely on the 20% of areas that have the most significant impact. This meant I could train students in a fraction of the time and make it more powerful than other acting courses.
The programme is broken down into three stages that will take you from scratch to a highly artistic professional method actor in one year, on a part-time basis.
Here are the stages:
I Will Develop Your Acting Instrument By Applying A Microscopic Level Of Focus On YOU Personally
Other artists usually have external instruments to create their work, for example a paintbrush or a musical instrument, but the actor only has themself.
And, in the same way as a musician does, you have to learn to play your instrument at an advanced level.
That’s where I come in. Through my unique process, I teach you, step by step, on how to use your mind, body, voice, and soul to deliver truthful and authentic acting. I watch your every move in microscopic detail and assess how you should overcome any blocks or bad habits (every actor has them!).
First of all, I use a device called Etudes.These are short scenes where you practice entering into the eyes of a character and becoming them instantly and spontaneously. I know that sounds like a big ask from the get-go, but rest assured, I have a fool-proof process to achieve this all-important first step.
At the same time, I will introduce you to; a Relaxation process to ensure your performances do NOT become wooden or self-conscious, a series of Sense Memory Exercises which heighten your sensitivity and imagination and comprehensive Voice Training to develop a resonant and connected voice.
With these foundations established, I then take you deeper into the psychological work.
What if I told you, you could experience the world of any character in such vivid detail that it feels like being in a virtual reality experience. That’s precisely what The Character Box will do for you. This is a unique tool I developed to create deep character immersion.
Then I will introduce you to Psychological Gesture and Psychological Breath. The gesture will allow you to trigger a characterisation at will, and the psychological breath will enable you to enter into meaningful relationships with other characters and even inanimate objects.
As you probably already know, you don’t just act with your face; the whole body is involved in feeling and expressing yourself. This is why we will also focus on your mental and physical flow state through the use of Plastiques. This is a 100-year-old Russian acting movement process where you learn to let go of tension and self-awareness and become free and fluid in your mind, body and emotions.
Then I’ll teach you how to use Affective Memory. This is an essential and vital tool that allows you to deliver authentic emotion on demand.
As a way of testing and developing all these tools, you will work on Scenes From Plays, exercising your new-found; character development skills, emotional connection capability and authentic expression.
Here is a selection of specifics that I will teach you during the year:
- How to avoid the #1 worst way to learn lines that most actors constantly use that dooms their performances to mediocrity.
- How to trigger emotions on demand.
- A three-second process used by one of the Russian Grand Masters of Method Acting that allowed even his worst students to deliver confessionally sincere acting.
- How to infect your audiences with emotional contagion. Emotional contagion is the psychological phenomenon of having one person’s emotions directly trigger similar feelings in other people, i.e. the audience
- A technique that will allow you to learn a script and then completely forget it, but later recall it word perfectly when you perform, making it fresh and spontaneous every time.
- Why planning what to do in a scene removes all signs of human life.
- How to immerse yourself in character to the point you don’t know if you are responding as you or the character. It’s that deep.
- How to deliver micro impulses on your face that cannot be faked.
- A process that allows you to emboss your Soul Print on all your characters, which is unique as your fingerprints.
- A character creation secret used by Heath Ledger when he played The Joker.
- A vital character association process every method actor uses to bring a personal connection to the role.
- How to induce a creative calm before performing that eradicates stage fright and nerves.
- An admittedly weird movement technique that rewires your brain for a creative outcome.
- How to create deep and soulful communication with the audience so that they never forget you.
- A technique that allows you to enter into the character’s eyes and see the world through their unique lens.
- How to Green Light your impulses for maximum impact.
- The skill required to identify fake impulses that create bad acting and how to avoid them.
- A simple procedure using only your breath that will enhance your perception and imagination.
- The secret to expressing yourself at a heightened level without losing any authenticity.
- How to forget yourself and life unconsciously on set or stage.
- A process of destruction that leads to highly artistic creations.
- How to uncover the secret thoughts of the character.
- A technique that allows you to make every move and action psychologically justified and authentic.
- One physical full body gesture that is a fast trigger into the character.
- An immersive character creation technique that allows you to live in the world of the character, like a virtual reality experience.
- How to create “friction” in the audience’s mind, so they become mentally disturbed (in a good way) by your performance.
- What Bradley Cooper prays for and how you can use it too.
- My’ twist the knife’ given circumstances system that will bend your being towards the character’s situation.
- How to stay in the moment for long periods.
- A process to stop you from second-guessing your artistic choices.
- How to become more creatively independent.
- How to eradicate self-doubt, fear and indecision and replaced them with rock-solid self-confidence.
- How to forget yourself and live unconsciously on stage/set.
- A way to trust your instincts with increasing confidence and take more risks.
Then it’s onto the next stage….
Acting For The Big Screen And The
Biz-Niz Of Acting
It’s now time to transition to screen acting and develop your audition expertise and business of acting skills.
During this stage, I will teach you:
- How to deliver micro-expressions on the face, which are virtually impossible to see with the naked eye but get picked up by the camera.
- A way to avoid overacting on film and deliver an intense presence on screen instead.
- An emotional radiation process that means you can stay perfectly still but have a huge emotional impact on the audience.
- How to adapt your expression level depending on the shot type to avoid lousy acting.
- A way to deliver the same performance every time but change it every time.
- How to make original and creative choices in the audition room.
- The single worst thing you could accidentally say to a casting director when auditioning that almost guarantees failure…and how to avoid it.
- The mechanical acting trap that many fall into in auditions and how to avoid it.
- A way to get casting directors to like you before you even act.
- How to avoid the many pitfalls and mistakes made by rookie actors in auditions.
- The Philip Seymour Hoffman philosophy on auditions which makes the whole process much less daunting.
- An in-depth audition preparation process that can you do even if you have only one day to prepare.
- How to create self-tapes that stand out from the crowd.
- The best way to deal with film and TV directors so that they will want to keep hiring you.
- Why type casting is your friend, and how to use it to get cast over and over again.
- How to create your own unique and distinctive acting brand.
- A multi-step marketing process to create ongoing acting work.
- Two unique acting industry marketing strategies developed by me that work.
- The Quinten Tarantino approach to gaining “extra credit” at auditions.
- The four golden rules of the Biz-Niz of acting.
- How to structure your professional acting CV for maximum impact.
- The correct casting sites to join and those to avoid.
- What to put on your own acting website.
- What to say and what not to say to agents and casting directors.
- How to use social media platforms to promote yourself as an actor.
How do I deliver all this?
By taking you through my Acting for Film and TV Process honed over the last two decades, which includes (but not limited to); filming your practice performances, watching the playbacks and giving you personal critiques, mock auditions with individual feedback, tailored technique instruction and much more.
I will also introduce you to my secret Business of Acting Blueprint that has enabled hundreds of my students to secure enviable acting contracts.
Acting is a business (and an art form) that sells a precious product, YOU. It’s vital that you have the correct business skills (as well as the acting skills) to succeed in the industry. That’s exactly what the blueprint will deliver.
Now, for the climax of the year….
Your Acting Career Launch
It’s now time to launch your career as a professional acting artist and deliver riveting live performances to the industry that stand out and get you noticed
Your Bespoke High-Quality Acting Showreel
As you probably know, a showreel is a video clip of you acting on screen. This is a vital marketing tool for today’s actor.
I have an award-winning writer who will create a bespoke script for you to rehearse and then shot on location with a director and professional film crew.
This will not only give you the experience of working on set or the first time, but it will also provide you with a polished professional acting showreel that you will be proud of.
During this process, you will learn how to take direction like a pro, hit your mark, pace your performance, adjust for camera angles, deliver continuity, deal with the pressures of on-set performing, maintain high quality acting during stop-start interruptions and many other invaluable skills too many to mention here.
Here are some clips from our showreels and comments from students about their experience:
Then it’s the finale …
Your Exclusive "Champagne" Graduation Showcase
At One Of London's Most Exclusive Private Members' Clubs –
The Century Club
The pinnacle of the programme is a very exclusive showcase at The Century Club, in the heart of Theatreland on Shaftesbury Avenue, London.
Agents and Casting Directors are invited to see you perform live and then mix and mingle with you at the after-show champagne party.
The results we have achieved at our showcases have been excellent.
Here first-hand from students who performed at the showcase here:
But that’s not all!
I have also put together some exclusive acting bonuses for you as part of the programme, which are…
Closed Door Session With Top Casting Director Dan Hubbard
Dan Hubbard is one of the most prominent and most respected casting directors in the UK. He was involved in the casting of “The Lord of the Rings”, “Tomb Raider” “The Bourne Ultimatum”, to name a few.
Dan will visit the studio to give you the low down on the acting industry and watch you perform live in a private ‘closed door’ showcase.
Here is what Dan said when he visited the studio:
Your Career Launch Package
I believe it’s essential that you have absolutely everything you need to get your acting career off to a flying start. So, I’ve created an exclusive Career Launch Package.
Here’s what you will receive:
- Access To Mr X – Having great headshots is vital because they are the very first thing a Casting Director and Agent look at when they’re deciding whether to see you or not. As part of the package, you’ll get exclusive access to my professional headshot photographer, “Mr X.” He will complete the job to an extremely high standard and for a surprisingly reasonable fee. And after the shoot, you’ll get your ‘contact sheet’ with a selection of shots, and we’ll help you select the right headshot to launch your new career.
- CV Creation Assistance – We will give you a professional CV template and provide feedback and advice on how to structure your CV.
- My Ultimate Guide to Method Acting Book – This is my exclusive 240-page comprehensive, easy-reference method acting book, which you will refer back to again and again during your career.
- My Online Ultimate Method Acting Video Course – During the year, you will receive my in-depth method acting video course to complement the training on the Ultimate Acting Programme.
So that is it!
The programme includes everything you need to go from scratch to pro actor in one year on a part-time basis.
And here is the proof….
Hollywood Feature Film With John Cusack
Julian Schaffner secured a major role in a Hollywood movie, Singularity, opposite John Cusack. This is what he said about the programme:
“What I love about this course is that you get the chance to develop your craft with great teachers, as well as the business aspect. After this year, I can say not only have I made a big step in my art, but I’m also represented by an agency now and ready for work!”
American Horror Story – 20th Century Fox
Kamilla Alnes secured major roles with 20th Century Fox (American Horror Story) and Comedy Central (I Live With Models). This is what she said about the programme:
“After taking the one-year program, I decided to move to LA to pursue acting over there. I still live in LA and have a wonderful manager and a great agency! Last year I booked a recurring guest part in American Horror Story and spent several months on set with wonderful actors like Kathy Bates, Matt Bomer and Lady Gaga. I recently booked my first series regular and am at the moment I’m back in London filming season 2 of a TV show for Comedy Central called ‘I Live With Models’. I just wanted to reach out and thank you both! I had such a wonderful experience at your school. It opened my eyes to the fact that my dream actually was possible to follow. I’m forever grateful!”
Taboo, BBC Drama With Tom Hardy
Tim Charles won a role in a major feature film called Bitter Harvest, starring Terence Stamp and then a role opposite Tom Hardy in the BBC drama Taboo. When Tim came to the studio, he was a Barrister. This is what he had to say:
“I will forever be thankful to Brian for letting me have a go… he has given me the kick start I needed.”
Plebs, ITV and Fight Night (Feature Film)
Joelle Coutinho won a role in the hit TV series Plebs and then another in a major feature film called Fright Night. This is what she had to say about the programme:
“The Ultimate Acting Programme helped me be as authentic as possible when in a role. You gave me strength, courage and the ability to add depth and layers to the characters I play. The tools and skills I learned from you in that one year I will take with me and work with forever”
Jawbone, Feature Film With Ray Winstone
Luke Smith had multiple agents after him and secured a role on the BBC feature film Jawbone, starring Ray Winstone. He contacted Brian on Facebook and said this:
“Just finished my first feature film. Jawbone, staring good old Ray Winston, Ian McShane, Johnny Harris and Michael smiley….. O yea And me. Lol”
Best Supporting Actor At ZAAFA Global Awards
Dean Ekperigin won Best Supporting Actor at the ZAAFA Global Awards for his role in Frankie in Ortega and his Enemies.
“My classroom experiences with Brian and Joe were absolutely amazing and so eye-opening. I’ve left this course, so much more confident than I was and so much knowledge now into the acting industry that I can now move on with and put into practice. I would just like to say thank you again and anyone out there, get on this course because if you don’t you’re missing out!”
Best Actor At The London Film Festival
Victor Ptak won Best Actor at the London Film Festival for his role in Kid Gloves.
“The Ultimate Acting Programme is life-changing, empowering and above all it works. You bring your life experiences and the UAP will give you the tools to turn these into authentic performances. Everyone should be involved in acting, the skills are transferrable to every walk of life, and if you take away a tenth of what is being taught you will become a better person for it.”
EastEnders, Holby City, BBC
“From this year I have not only expanded in my craft, I have also grown tremendously as a person. More confidence. More fight. More compassion. Without doubt this course will take you on your own personal journey of self-discovery and is a great course for any actor wanting to learn The Method.”
The Crown, Netflix
“It’s been absolutely fantastic. Brian’s a really great teacher. He’s great at understanding what makes you tick and freeing you up to be both authentic and expressive. He’s got a great gift for observing people and unlocking them and freeing them to express themselves on the stage or in front of the camera.”
Marie Pym-Eaton – SECURED AN AGENT
Homan Bash – SECURED AN AGENT
Mary Lowe – SECURED AN AGENT
Katie Miller – SECURED AN AGENT
David Kerr – SECURED AN AGENT
Dean Ekperigin – SECURED AN AGENT
As you can see from the testimonials, I’ve been doing this very successfully since 2006.
A WORD OF WARNING!
I’m incredibly picky about who I work with. This is a very challenging course, and it’s definitely not for everyone. So, with that in mind, the following individuals are requested NOT to apply:
- Flakes, wannabes and fame hunters
- The I Know Nothing Brigade – those who know nothing about acting whatsoever but woke up one morning deciding they wanted to be an actor. If you are serious about becoming an actor, you will have read a book or two on the subject, perhaps attended a class or been part of an am-dram group and not a stranger at the cinema and theatre.
- Those who like famous indicational actors (list available on request) who are as fake as a politician’s promises.
- Those who can’t name at least two method actors of note. (I’ve mentioned more than that on this page, so if you can’t name a few then this is not for you.)
- Lazy people
- Complainers and moaners
- Passive-aggressive types
- Those who think they know it all
If, on the other hand…
- You are hard-working (and love hard work!)
- Obsessed with acting
- Delighted to do the difficult parts of the training
- Enthusiastic and positive
- Easy to get on with
- Driven to succeed as an actor
Then I would invite you to apply.
Here is my admittedly awkward (some say draconian) process for selecting the final 12 students for the programme:
1. The Prerequisite
To apply for this course, you must have first completed two of my other short courses:
- Lockdown Acting Intensive – A three week online intensive:
- Étude Xpress – Five day in-person intensive:
This is a non-negotiable requirement. By completing these courses first, you will have essential knowledge required to be considered for the Ultimate Acting Programme.
Completing the Lockdown Acting Intensive and Étude Xpress is no guarantee of being chosen for the Ultimate Acting Programme. There is still an application and audition process to go through detailed below…
2. Fees, Times, Dates,
Application and Audition Process
When the programme commences: Friday 7 October – Sunday 9 October 2022 (10am-5pm) and then every first Friday, Saturday and Sunday (10am-5pm) of each month for 12 months.
Where: The Courtyard Theatre, Bowling Green Walk, 40 Pitfield Street, London, N1 6EUT
Audition Fee – £395. This is fully refunded if we do not accept you onto the programme. If we do take you, then it goes towards your full fee.
Please note: if after being offered a place, you decline, then the audition fee is NOT refundable if it is outside the 14 days cooling-off period or if you have attended the audition before the cooling-off period ended.
Also, if we offer you a place and you decline our offer, you will not be able to apply for any of our courses in the future, so please be sure before applying. I know this may sound harsh, but it’s necessary to ensure that only those who are genuinely committed apply.
Initial Payment – £6,975. This is due one week after a successful audition.
Please make sure that you have your finances in order BEFORE applying.
Failure to complete this payment within the one week period would mean that you would lose your place and there would be no refund of your audition fee, and you would not be able to apply for any of our courses in the future.
Monthly Payments – £635 for twelve months. This allows the cost of the remaining fees to be spread out over 12 months. The first monthly Payment is due the month the course starts.
Total – £14,990
Please make sure you have read the above carefully before committing.
Application and Audition Process:
Complete an application form here.
If shortlisted, you will be called for Stage 2.
Audition Piece – You will be required to perform one modern monologue (pprox.. 2-3 mins) from a play written within the last 100 years. We will provide you with an audition piece once you apply, OR you can choose your own.
You must learn your piece off by heart and be ready to perform it. There is also an interview with our Audition Panel.
Due to the current restrictions, all auditions are via Zoom for the time being.
The later you apply for the course, the fewer places available, so it becomes even more competitive for a place. We always recommend applying as soon as you have decided to do the course.
Next audition date – Thursday 4 November 2021
Application Deadline – Thursday 28 October 2021
A Final Thought…
I realise that deciding to go down this path is a big one. There are no guarantees in life, but one guarantee I can give you is that you will miss every shot you don’t take. If I had decided to stay in the banking job, I know my life would look very different today and not for the better. It was a big decision at the time, but it was the right one. I knew I was an artist and that I had a destiny to fulfil in the field of acting.
Maybe you are the same.
There is only one way to find out.
More Student Testimonials:
FAQ – Your Frequently Asked Questions
I am a complete beginner and I have never acted before – is this course suitable for me?
Maybe. You need to be a serious beginner. If you are serious about becoming an actor, you will have read a book or two on the subject, perhaps attended a class or been part of an am-dram group and not a stranger at the cinema and theatre. If that sounds like you then you can apply and audition and if successful, we can take you from your current beginner level to pro actor.
How often do you hold your Ultimate Acting Programme?
We take one intake a year in October.
What days is it held, and what time does it start and finish?
The course runs over one weekend Friday, Saturday and Sunday per month (10am-5pm each day), for 12 months, starting in October each year.
How do I do a good audition if I’m a beginner?
We don’t expect you to do a perfect audition; after all, that’s why you’re applying for the course. We are looking for students with a raw acting ability who are positive, dedicated, determined, hard-working, pragmatic, focused and willing to throw themselves in.
I have a day job. Can I do your Ultimate Acting Programme and become an actor?
The course runs over one weekend each month which allows most to continue to work while they study.
How much am I expected to work outside of the course?
You will need to work alone at least one hour a day, and meet up with your scene partner to rehearse at least once in between the monthly sessions.
Why is this course different from other acting/ drama courses?
We are the only one year course that solely offers Timoney Method training and an exclusive Graduation Showcase at The Century Club, London.
What age do I have to be?
How many students are on the course?
A maximum of 12.
Shouldn’t I be looking for a course that offers a BA in Acting?
A BA will not get you the part. Acting is very much a practical skill. Ask any Casting Director and they will tell you that an actor gets the part based on their audition – it’s as simple as that. That’s why we spend a significant amount of time developing your practical ability and complement this with business knowledge to ensure you can progress in the industry.
What kind of work will I be able to do after the course?
You will be able to work in TV, Film and Theatre.
What kind of fees can I expect as an actor?
Theatre West End Role—£500-£1000 per week
TV Guest Roles—£300-500 a day/ weekly rates £1000+
Regular TV Roles—£60,000+ per year
Film Roles—£500 a day/ weekly rates £1000+
Lead Film Roles £60,000—£Millions!
Can I do anything to make my application stand out from the rest?
Yes – your attitude is key. We want to work with students who are dedicated, hard-working, pragmatic, focused and willing to throw themselves in. You have a much greater chance of industry success if you have the right attitude.
If you are in any way half-hearted about becoming an actor, this is not the course for you. We are only interested in working with students who are absolutely 100% dedicated to becoming actors of the highest calibre. The students who will benefit most from the course are not necessarily the ones who start off with the ‘best’ acting ability – but the ones with the right attitude.