“The Moment” is here

4 days, 400 actors, 1 unforgettable photo shoot.

Barrett Smith fired up for the next student.
Barrett Smith fired up for the next student.

Last June, The Acting Center Los Angeles embarked on a rather ambitious artistic project that as far as I know, no other acting school ever has.

The idea sparked last winter, while I was working on the beginning stages of The Acting Center’s new website with designer and photographer Aaron Petz. We wanted to find a way to tell actors about the imaginative character and scene study work being done at the school. In the process, we came up with the idea to photograph all of the Acting Center’s students not as themselves, like a headshot or publicity shot, but as a character, experiencing a moment.

Since opening our doors three years ago, we’ve had over four hundred students study at The Acting Center. So this wasn’t a small undertaking. We had to find a way to gather all the students in one place over one four-day period—as Aaron agreed to fly in from NYC to do the shoot in one fell swoop.

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