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Stage 1: Private Classes

Stage One of the Career Pathway is private lessons with our Head Acting Coach. In this stage, students will learn the acting terms, acting methods and philosophies of our studio. Our fundamental acting training techniques allow our beginning students to explore our Skill Path and learn to “practice perfect.” In this preparatory stage, students will essentially learn how to learn and master how to master.

To fulfill this stage and graduate to Step Two, students must become proficient at autonomously executing the WBS Skill Path (or "The Artistic Pathway").

Once the Skill Path has been mastered to the satisfaction of the Head Coach, students may then graduate to Stage Two, the Master Class.

Con • ver • gence: (kən ´vərjəns) noun
many varying things come together to create a more complex and viable entity.

Stage 2: Master Class

In Stage Two, the Master Class, our students begin to walk the Artistic Pathway over and over again. This critical skill-building part of the process is where our students create the good habits that they will take into their professional careers.

In this stage, successful Master Class students will evolve from beginning to professional actor while creating “innate” muscle memories that we believe are critical to acting career success.

Justing Patrick, Tannon Simcox and Josh Kovalsik shooting our student project,
"Willow Brook Meadows".
Stage 3: Packaging Phase

Stage Three is the packaging phase. By reaching this point, our students have graduated or achieved professional level acting in our master class and will begin to package themselves with current and required business tools. Our proposed list of business tools (or "Pathway Tools") includes a full-spectrum package of strategic business planning necessities which, when fulfilled, allows our students to accurately present themselves to the industry as professional actors who are ready.

Interestingly, many young actors feel that packaging is the first thing they should be doing. However, we believe that as you evolve as an artist your materials will evolve.

Obviously, it makes sense that you wouldn't need to package yourself until you were ready to present yourself as a professional actor. What good is demo reel and or head shots if you can't do competent professional acting work?

You must be ready!

Studio heads, casting directors, producers and big-time agents aren’t going to put their jobs on the line unless you bring something serious to the acting world. Therefore, our students will graduate to Stage Three only when our Head Acting Coach has approved a student’s readiness through a specific testing process that all of our students must fulfill.

Once approved, Step Three packaging includes coaching and assistance in coordinating the best materials: websites, demo reel production, editing and headshot consultation. The goal of this stage is to create the individual acting package that represents each individual as a professional level actor. WBS makes many of these services available in-house with exceptionally reasonable pricing. It must be emphasized at this time, however, that Step Three is not only about packaging the actor. Instead, it is a critical phase in which our actors evolve with equal emphasis placed on both acting technique work and packaging.

The Master Class plays a dual role in this stage as many of the initial ideas and materials that are “packaged” are derived from our students best Master Class work.

Jennifer Cozza James and WBS’ Head Acting Coach, William James working together on the set of the Independant Film, “Quinn”.
Stage 4: Professional Opportunities

Stage Four is creating opportunities at the professional level.

When a student has demonstrated proficiency in amassing their Pathway Tools and their acting packaging reaches a certain level of clarity, branding and consistency, they will be considered for Stage Four of the Career Pathway. In this stage, strategic business planning and potential opportunities to expand into a professional career in acting will be proposed.

However, graduating to this stage is not simply about packaging. To be considered a fourth step student, our actors take a four-part audition test that, when passed, ensures that they are ready for the professional acting world.

†Disclaimer: Willow Brook Studios, Inc., including all of its contracted or hired employees and personnel, does not guarantee the procurement of work, casting, production, funding of projects, sale of written or produced projects and/or content. Willow Brook Studios, Inc., reserves the right to deny or revoke admittance to our academy at any time.