Drama Classes - Developing Confidence

On Camera Acting

Drama Classes - Developing Confidence




Trust your instincts. Trust that you know what to do and that whatever your gut instinct or first reaction is is “right”! You are interesting, funny, engaging, smart enough without having to force anything. The camera is like a magnifying glass that is able to catch everything the actor does so less is often more. Trust that you have everything you need without overdoing it.



Faith is a crucial component in confidence. Without faith, despair sets in. When that happens, it’s only a matter of time until we give up mentally and in our hearts, and that is fatal to any dream. Faith has us digger deeper, work harder. The gratification is not instant in on-camera work because you are not in the same room with the audience. You must have faith that your hard work will pay off in the end.




Camera work provides a unique opportunity for you to see the work that you are doing immediately. You perform then watch it back. You have an instant example of what can be changed or improved. It can then help you remain objective. Seeing yourself on camera is scary but once you can accept how you look or sound with love and move on to critiquing your performance, then there is nothing that can stop you.



When you are involved in a real conversation you are already actively listening; your attention is on the other the person, not on yourself; and their focus is on you, not themselves. Full attention is given to the other person and what they are saying. Active listening is crucial to on-camera acting. The camera can pick up, through the actor’s eyes, if they are zoned out or thinking about other things.




Make the choices that you are scared of. Experiment. Play. Push yourself to the edge and occasionally fall off that edge. It is our individuality that makes us unique, and those unique ideas will be what will help you realize who you truly are! Since you have the luxury of playing back your performance, dare to be bold, and see what is working and what doesn’t.



This is a new skill and with new skills come the feeling as if you will never get better at it. Practice holding on to the faith and trust that you have cultivated. Don’t fight the negative thoughts that will inevitably creep in, and don’t be upset when you lose the moment. Remember, this is just a practice. But when you’ve lost it (and once again, it’s okay if you do), re-center yourself and begin again. This time, you might hold on a little longer. Next time, maybe longer still. Work on staying in trust and faith a little more each time, so soon you’ll find yourself there more and more often in your daily life and calling it up at will. The goal is progress, not perfection.


Online Theatre Resources

Online Theatre Resources


Theatre does not live only in the classroom. As the great William Shakespeare wrote in his play, As You Like It, “All the world’s a stage”. So we want to give you some resources to help you transform your world into your very own theatrical stage!



Lincoln Center at Home

Hold tight to your connection with the arts with The Lincoln Center. They are offering daily classes for kids, teens, and families as well as videos of performances to enjoy with the whole family. Learn more about Lincoln Center at Home here.


This amazing resource curates a number of different activities for kids and families. In a neat and easy to use calendar, you can see what events are available each day to keep theater alive in your home. They offer a range of dance, music, and theater classes. See more about CalendarKiddo here.

New Victory Arts Break

What a wonderful thing to take a break each day and play around in the world of art. Join New Victory Theatre Company in a little break from your work or school day and learn a new skill! They offer ideas for parents to incorporate performing arts into online learning. Each week they focus on different art forms including acrobatics, tap dancing, set and costume design, and more guided by New Victory Teaching Artists. Get involved with New Victory Arts Break today!



Hop on over to Instagram to hear some of your favorite celebrities read beautiful stories. The account @SaveWithStories was created to enhance children’s learning and provide stories to kids during the pandemic. Cuddle with your little one and enjoy stories like “3 Little Monkies” read by Benedict Cumberbatch and more.


Reading aloud to children has been shown to improve reading, writing and communication skills, logical thinking and concentration, and general academic aptitude, as well as inspire a lifelong love of reading. With this in mind, Storyline was created! Storyline Online is available 24 hours a day for children, parents, caregivers, and educators worldwide. Join celebrities like Chris Pine for wonderful stories and amazing illustrations then print the activity guide to supplement learning. Learn more about Storyline here.


If you search the hashtag #OperationStoryTime on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube you will find a wonderful world of stories! Readers open up a world of magic through books right in your very own living room.


La MaMa Kids Online

La MaMa Theatre Company is live streaming and offering video on-demand versions of short plays that are perfect for kids. They open up an amazing world of imagination through puppetry! Watch La MaMa Kids Online today.

Shakespeare’s Globe

If you love Shakespeare, then you do not need to travel to London to see the breathtaking performances at the Globe Theatre. They offer performances to download, stream, rent, or buy through their website all at a very reasonable price point. They are also creating a series of video projects that you can peruse through. Check it out here today.

Watch Musicals From Home

Broadway World has put together an incredible list of all of the musicals (157 to be exact) that you can stream from home. From Disney’s Descendents to classics like The King and I, there is a musical for everyone! Gather the family, grab your snacks, and settle in for a family theatre night. Find your favorites here.

We are taking on the challenge of being apart physically but through theatre, we are never truly alone! Theatre lives inside each of us and will keep uniting us even through the darkest times. No matter what, keep creating, keep strong, and shine your light bright!