New York Film Academy 2 Year Acting Student

I am currently attending the two year acting for film program and I will finish my first year on the 16th of June. I’m spending my second year at the Universal Studios campus to get my AFA degree.

From the start, my admissions counselor was very helpful and supportive through each step of my journey to New York and is still currently helping me with my transfer to LA. When in doubt, I know she is always there to consult and guide me.

I love a lot about New York Film Academy, but Acting for Film is my favorite class because we get to see the teacher direct a scene from an objective point of view and also practice our skills in front of the camera. It gives a real feel of what a set would be like and it helps us mentally and physically prepare for what that’s actually like. Most of our teachers are working professionals, which really gives an edge to the training because you know it’s coming from reality.

My Meisner teacher was my favorite instructor. He was taught by the master teacher (Meisner himself) and has carried on his teaching legacy for the last 25 years. He does not give up on us when we fail to understand how the technique should be used and therefore will repeatedly force us to keep going until we decipher the concept.

The atmosphere at New York Film Academy is like this – there are always going to be people there that support you, help you, not give up on you, but they’ll never coddle you or hand you anything. Like my admissions counselor always said, “We’re not going to prepare you for a business that doesn’t exist.”

My advice for anyone coming into New York Film Academy to study is the same advice I have been given by every teacher so far: be professional in everything you do. It starts on your first day, and should definitely not end when you graduate.

-Rajvi Lodhia

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