FAQs about Acting with Eugene Buica, Founder of The Acting Corps (Part 1 of 2)

Before opening the doors to The Acting Corps and training renowned stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Eminem, Eugene Buica graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and New York City’s Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre. During his impressive career, Buica studied under Sanford Meisner and Michael Howard, learning how to both act and teach acting from these two industry luminaries. To his credit, Buica has performed and appeared in dozens of plays, films, and television programs, including the feature-length movies Float and Deception and the primetime shows ER and Becker. During his career, Buica has trained hundreds of promising actors, many of whom have gone on to great success. We spoke briefly with Eugene Buica about finding work in the acting business.

Q: Could you discuss what steps potential actors have to take to get started in the entertainment business?

A: First off, a truly dedicated actor typically has some training before going out and looking for jobs. In almost every situation, casting directors and talent agents seek out and choose those with an acting background, whether that includes experience in the business or training in a formal program. With that said, actors really have a wide choice of programs out there. These include Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Theater or acting studies from accredited universities, as well as degrees or certifications from smaller, more intimate schools or conservatories. Many go for the latter types of programs, largely because they provide at least the same results in much less time.

Q: What should actors consider when choosing an acting program?

A: They really need to make a comprehensive evaluation of the school, its credibility, and what it teaches. Specifically, they should look into the length of the program, the cost, and what business skills it provides, so once they graduate, they are well prepared to find work. Also, consider the school’s alumni and its reputation within the industry. These are all things that potential students ask me about before applying to The Acting Corps.

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