Have you ever dreamt about starting an acting career? You cannot be blamed. Many people see the show business as easy money making craft. It looks easy. All you need is a pretty face and an acting talent to match that. But not all actors are good on that department either. Others are plainly lucky.
So what do you have to know about this profession? These tips aim to shine light at hopefuls and wannabes and also for those who didn’t know that an actor lies within them.
1. If you really want to venture into this business, you’ve got to start somewhere. The best way to attack this is by looking at your current location. There may be local productions in your hometown that will be willing to give you a part. You can also try doing VTRs for advertising agencies. Commercials can be a good way to experience what’s it like to be in front of the lights and cameras.
2. There are certain workshops and schools that will give you an overview of the different methods of acting. They will teach you scientific techniques of how to approach the craft. They can also ask you to pattern your acting bits to known formulas associated with different personalities.
3. The academe can certainly help. But do not limit yourself with that. You have to expose yourself to experience the real thing. You can try doing theaters and plays. Or if luck won’t still allow it, you can apply as staff to these productions at first. This way, you can observe how the system works and you can meet a variety of people who can help you in the future.
4. Networking is extremely important in this career. It matters who you know, especially when you are only starting. Only a few will be lucky enough to be tapped as actors. Most of the well-known actors of today have to tap a lot of doors and windows before fate lets them in. As much as possible, attend gatherings and parties wherein there are a lot of possibilities that you will be introduced to the right people. Don’t forget to bring along professional-looking business cards that you will be proud to pass along.
5. Do not get tired at looking for opportunities. With the boom of the Internet age, many job offers for this scene are being posted online. You can also go through the entertainment or classified ads section of newspapers or on jobs postings on the boards of theaters, film or TV productions.
6. You must be driven by your desire. You cannot give up the first time you get rejected. You have to go through a lot of auditions in your entire career. You have to prepare yourself to be let down in many occasions. Take them by heart and learn from them. They will certainly make you a better actor. They will help you on your future auditions.
7. Keep on improving yourself to be able to improve your craft. Remember that if you really want it, you have to prove to people that you deserve the chance.
Although, not everybody will be big in the showbiz industry, you can at least aim to play the role that you dream to do. When you’re already there, don’t forget the steps you had to undertake in starting an acting career. This way, you will appreciate what you have, enough to make it last.