Is an Acting Career Right for You?


Choosing an acting school is an important decision, especially if you want to ensure that your education will prepare you for success in the entertainment industry. Acting is competitive, so you want to know that the school you’re choosing is up to the challenge of training students properly. One of the best ways to ensure that your chosen school has a history of successful alumni and will be able to provide you with the knowledge and training necessary for a successful career is to research their past graduates.


When researching potential schools, pay close attention to which actors have been successful after attending each particular institution. Look at both current stars as well as those who have been out of the spotlight for some time but may still have had considerable success in their field. This can give you an indication of how long lasting an effect attending this school has had on these performers’ careers. Additionally, look at what other types of positions alumni have gone on to hold. While not every graduate may be a Hollywood star, they may still have made strides within the entertainment industry by becoming directors, producers, and more.

Schools will typically have a section somewhere on their website where you can read the bios of their alumni. There should be lists of the different projects these actors have gone on to participate in after their time at the school. The more alumni or projects you recognize, the better!


Another element to look at when researching a school is its faculty. A good school will usually employ veteran actors and teachers with years of experience in the field. A reputable school will often include bios for their instructors as well, which should include projects they’ve been involved in or other roles they have played in the industry. The instructors should also be known for their dedication to helping students achieve success through rigorous training and an immersive curriculum that provides comprehensive instruction about all elements of acting as well as the industry itself.


At VADA Studios, we are very proud of what our alumni have gone on to accomplish. Aren Buccholz and Dacre Montgomery are just two of our many amazing alumni you might recognize.

Aren Buccholz received our Dramatic Arts Program diploma and has gone on to play the popular character Jesse Flynn on Hallmark’s series When Calls the Heart. Dacre Montgomery, who received VADA’s Two Week Intensive Certificate, is probably most recognized for his role in the new Power Rangers film, as well as his time on Stranger Things as Billy Hargrove.

We are so thrilled to see all the amazing things our graduates get up to, and we’d love to add you to that roster!

An acting school’s alumni can be a really great indicator of the quality of the school. If you’re interested in pursuing acting, don’t forget to check a school’s website to see what their graduates have accomplished. You’ll be glad you did!