"In any project, consider the entire process and the steps it requires
before you begin it. Otherwise you'll start off eagerly enough, but
quit when it's time for the gritty work.
Say you want to become a great actor. That's certainly a fine
ambition. But first review the full sequence of events, and then go
for it if you still want to. There's tremendous discipline required,
a careful study, rigorous training on a schedule, regardless of your
mood; you have to turn yourself over to your art as a sick man would
to his doctor. And this is a matter of years, not hours or days. Then
in each stage of your career you may sustain painful setbacks, eat a
lot of dust, take a critic's abuse – and still never make a living.
Taken all that into account? If you have, and you still want to go for
the gold, go for it. Otherwise, you'll become like a child who plays
at being an actor ... aping what you've seen on the screen or stage
recently – ... but absolutely nothing with your whole being...
Consider the costs, and see if you're willing to pay them to gain a
mastery of your art ...
Enchiridion (paraphrased) By Epictetus
provide a clearly defined practical education to those desiring to
make acting their profession or passionate vocation.
provide an approach to acting which requires the actor to work from
a place of truth and action.
prepare the actor to be facile in a variety of styles and forms of
theatre, including the classic, modern and contemporary repertoire.
apply these skills in rehearsal and performance.