When Starting Out: Acting Class or Private Coaching?

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Private coaching or acting class? 
Hello everyone, 

“I am torn deciding if I should choose a private coach or take an acting class. I am a beginner and wanted to choose the best option that will help propel me into the acting world. I read about some acting coaches not interested in training a newbie from scratch, and who then direct them to acting classes instead. Looking to hear the community’s take on this.” —Up_And_Coming

Nonunion submitting for "AEA Only"?
“Hi, friends! Looking for some insight. How big of a no-no is it for a nonunion person to submit to an audition listing if it says ‘Submissions from AEA members only’? Obviously I know that CSAs value actors who can actually follow instructions—just curious to see if anybody has done this or if it’s wiser to just #skipit.” —moverslashshaker

Going for an EPA as EMC, help!
Hey friends, if you’re going for an EPA as EMC at somewhere NOT the AEA building ( Pearl, Ripley Grier, etc.), do we still stand in line? I don’t want to sleep in if I need to get up early or get up early if I can sleep in! Thanks in advance for any help!” —LizLemon

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