21st April 2021

The Digital Age Of Private Lessons

Digital Age

In this digital age, it seems with so much of our lives lived on a device or computer screen that it was only a matter of time before things like voice and acting lessons went online. A trend started a few years ago of private lessons via Skype, FaceTime or other video chat programs. I have to say that I was a little skeptical of such methods.

I questioned if I would be able to service my clients in the same way. Could an online lesson be just as valuable as one conducted via video chat? Simple answer, Yes! Quickly, I began to understand the value of being able to teach online lessons.

The biggest appeal is the flexibility. I can schedule lessons any time of the day or night, weekends and even on vacation if I need to.

No longer am I shackled to the business hours of the studio I work with or student holidays. So here are some questions you might have, because I had them too.

Will I get the same service as in-person lessons?

The answer is yes, with one small difference, the instructor will not be physically in the room with you. So other than getting to share the air in the room you are getting the same exact service that in-person clients get. Instructors can still send material, give advice and coach via an online outlet. I have some clients that feel like it is even more personal because it feels more like talking with a friend than an appointment.

What are the benefits?

The biggest benefit is flexibility in scheduling.

It doesn’t matter where you are located, private coaches can video in and give you the assistance you need, when you need.

Let’s say that you are traveling to an audition. If you need a lesson the next morning right before the big audition, you can video chat and your private coach can help you prepare. The same is true if your private coach may be traveling but still able to conduct lessons. Lesson times are also a little more flexible because you can video chat at 5:00am or 11:00pm and not have to worry about leaving your house, school or office. Let’s say you have late hours because you are in tech for a show, but you really want one more lesson before opening night. Well, online lessons allow you to video chat and have a lesson at midnight if needed.

So, let’s say that you are still on the fence about online lessons. Let me leave you with this. Do you think it is better to video chat with a private instructor that you like and has the credentials to get you what you need, or meet in person with someone that you might not connect with or may not have the qualifications you desire in a private instructor? With so much of the industry going to online lessons don’t feel like you are sacrificing by having to have online lessons, know that you are just one of thousands that are already reaping the benefits of this type of service.

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ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTOR

Michelle J Evans is the owner of MJE Acting Studio where she offers her services as a private acting and audition coach to students around the nation both online and in person. She is also part owner of CAP: College Audition Project, which is an online college audition consulting website made up of some of the industry’s top college audition coaches and professionals. Check them out at www.collegeauditionproject.com! Michelle graduated in 2004 with her Bachelors in acting and has been working professionally ever since. From 2004-2016, Michelle served on the staff of CYT (Christian Youth Theatre) Atlanta, as their class coordinator, camp director, acting/musical theatre instructor and director for their mainstage musicals. She also directed their annual residential teen camp, Improv team and award-winning competition troupe where, under her direction, the troupes have won numerous awards at both JTF and The National Performing Arts Festival. In 2014, Michelle began working for The Performers Warehouse as a private acting instructor, resident director and member of their prestigious college audition program. While at PW she has helped to develop their production company, Performer’s Warehouse Productions. Under her direction, PWP’s production of In The Heights took home 8 Broadway World Atlanta awards in 2017, including Best Musical and Best Director. In 2018 Michelle took PW’s JTF troupe to the Junior Theatre Festival in Atlanta where they won Excellence in Choreography. Michelle shares her time as an adjudicator and workshop instructor, sharing her knowledge and theatrical background with high school programs and other theatre companies. Since 2012 Michelle has been a Judge and Committee member for the prestigious Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards aka. the Shuler Awards, she has also served as an adjudicator for Georgia’s One Act Competition and Literary Competition. Michelle has been a workshop artist for the Georgia Thespian Convention as well as various schools and theatre companies. Always in pursuit of sharing her knowledge with others, in 2017, Michelle began her writing adventures. You can currently find her articles and columns on www.performerstuff.com and www.theatreartlife.com. During her professional career Michelle had has the fortune to direct and/or perform in over 70+ productions with some of her favorites being The Fantasticks, Noises Off, Hairspray, School for Wives, Arsenic and Old Lace, Three Postcards, Tarzan, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Buried Child, Pippin and In The Heights (Broadway World Awards Atlanta 2017 Best Director of a Musical). Her students can be found in local community and professional theatres, national tours, TV/Film and top ranking collegiate musical theatre programs around the country. She is a member of CiTA (Christians in Theatre Arts), NYA (National Youth Arts) and EdTA (Educational Theatre Association.) You can find out more about Michelle and her current projects at www.mjeactingstudio.com!

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