How to become an actor
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If you want to become an actor, nothing is stopping you. Of course, experience is useful to enter any field, but experience is not everything. Actors must have confidence, charisma, and a willingness to learn, among many other characteristics.
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Here are the top 10 tips for becoming an actor, even if you have no previous experience.
Invest in learning the trade
Although acting classes can be expensive, they are well worth the price for first-time actors. Acting classes teach you the basics and the instructors will teach you things you can’t learn anywhere else.
Resist the urge to move
If you’re from a small town, you might have a hard time finding auditions. However, before moving to a big city like the Big Apple or Los Angeles, you should consider trying to build your reputation in a smaller area. These great acting cities are filled with other hopefuls like you. If you move there with no experience or resume, you might get lost among the masses.
Pay for a good headshot
Acting has a lot to do with visual appeal. Therefore, if you send your acting CV without a professional photo, you may not receive a response very often. It’s worth the price of paying a professional photographer so you have a few photos to use moving forward. Above all, when working with a photographer (or any other professional), make sure you are aware of potential scams. Some photographers, agents and others may try to commit you to a long-term agreement. Or refer you to one of their friends for a substantial fee. Keep your eyes peeled for anything that doesn’t seem legit!
Contact local theaters
Chances are there’s at least one small theater in your hometown. By working with the actors and other professionals involved in theater operations, you will make connections that can last a lifetime. These people have probably learned a few things during their careers. And, they would be happy to help you achieve your acting goals and dreams.
Do your research
Thanks to the Internet, it is easier than ever to learn about almost any subject that interests you. Take the time to thoroughly research the process of becoming an actor, the effective use of social media, and filmmaking in general. You will be amazed at what you can learn just by reading and doing research.
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Don’t Forget Related Non-Acting Experience
Of course, having acting experience is one of the most important things to highlight on your resume. However, there are many other related parts of the industry that can help you improve your position. The writing, directing, lighting, and anything else involved in a project can improve your chances.
Ask for help with your CV
You won’t always have the opportunity to talk to the casting directors or recruiting professionals involved in an acting project. In fact, you’ll often only have one chance to catch their eye, and that’s through your resume. In searching for the right actor, they will potentially browse through thousands of different resumes. If yours doesn’t stand out from the crowd, is filled with typos, has poor photo quality, or is just plain boring, the recruiting team will move on to the next candidate without hesitation. For this reason, be sure to have someone proofread your resume carefully.
Work with an agent
You don’t have to join a huge agency that represents many different players right off the bat. You can instead decide to work with a small or medium-sized agent. This will ensure that you get plenty of attention and aren’t treated like just another number among many other aspiring actors. Over time, you may decide to change agents for a variety of reasons. However, from the beginning, your agent will be a guide for you. Be sure to work with someone who has your best interests in mind.
Watch lots of other actors perform
Stephen King, the incredibly prolific author, is quoted as saying, “If you want to be a writer, you have to read a lot and write a lot.” This is also true for acting. If you want to become an actor, you should spend all your free time studying acting and acting yourself. Watch how actors deliver lines in plays, movies, and TV shows. Be sure to watch different types of media in order to experience various emotions and deliveries. There are many tips and tricks you can learn to become an actor. But if you don’t watch many other actors and look for the opportunity to improve your acting skills, you’re wasting your time.
Sign up for online casting call websites
Websites such as Backstage, Actors Access and others allow you to submit to suitable roles. These online resources can be great ways to find roles you might not otherwise have heard of. New projects are constantly popping up all over the country. Be sure to keep your eyes and ears open. But beware of potential scams. There are many websites that will just try to collect your information and take your money. This is, unfortunately, a very regular occurrence.
Becoming an actor is not easy. Many people try their whole lives to become actors and only end up with small roles that never lead to big breaks. The world of acting is cruel and you will likely face a ton of heartbreak on your way to achieving your goal. So if you’re getting into acting for fame or money, it’s probably best to pursue another career. However, as I said at the beginning, if you want to become an actor, even if you have no formal training or experience, don’t take no for an answer. Follow the ten tips I listed above and before you know it, you’ll be on your way.
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