- Elberta McKnight For the AJC
It's no secret that Atlanta's film and TV industry is booming. Mayor Kasim Reed recently launched the City of Atlanta Entertainment Training Program, the first job training program in the United States focused on helping the film industry build a pool of talent.
Luckily, for aspiring actors, there's more where that came from. Here are 7 acting classes and workshops around metro Atlanta for those interested in making their mark on Hollywood.
5725 Buford Highway NW, Doraville.
From learning how to brandish a firearm to properly using a medical instrument, these classes are designed to help actors convincingly play doctors, policemen and other physically active characters. Prices range from $150 to $400, and classes are available this month.
585 Cobb Parkway, Marietta.
Taught by Robert Pralgo, who's landed roles in Tyler Perry's The Have and the Have Nots and Furious 7, Pralgo's Acting class offers sessions for both children and adults. While classes only hold up to eight students, unlimited space for auditors is available.
3040 Holcomb Bridge Road, Norcross.
Instructor Kristen Shaw has appeared in more than two dozen film and television projects and over 25 national commercials. She's sharing her expertise with up-and-coming actors with classes on acting, marketing, audition taping and agent preparation. Check out the website for the full schedule.
500 Bishop St. SW, Atlanta.
Gray Studios specializes in training young actors ages 4 to 17. Classes are offered weekly and are taught by thespian experts David Gray, Anthony Ocasio, Curt Mega, Rachid Fakhoury.
2849 Piedmont Road NE, Atlanta.
Whether you're interested in improving your acting or learning some combat or improv, there are a plethora of classes for students to choose from. With six instructors and more than 10 classes and workshops offered, you'll be ready for the big screen in no time.
4859 Martin Court SE, Smyrna.
Tune your writing skills with this one-day workshop at Boob Tube Studios. For $110, you will go over character development, formatting, structure and plot to help you become a more confident screenwriter.
461 Sandy Creek Road, Fayetteville.
This two-day workshop offers hands-on training, set protocol, production language, resume preparation and tips on how and where to find a job. It is offered on multiple dates with early registration costing $125.
Get Connected is a monthly mixer for individuals working in the film and entertainment industry in Atlanta. The event charges a nominal door fee of about $10, which is donated to charity. The goal of the event is to connect filmmakers and entertainers by providing a relaxing and fun venue.