Learn How To Become An Actor:
So you want to become an actor. If, by the
end of this article, you still want to become an actor - you should
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This article will prepare you for the job of being
Every job has things that we don't like about it -
and being an actor is no exception.
One of the hardest things to do and deal with as a
working actor is that you have to disassociate yourself from the
"becoming an actor" or "making it". The
business of being an actor is that you are always on the hunt for a
new job. The actual acting - is but a small part of being an
actor. Really the job of an actor is looking for your next job
as an actor.
All acting jobs are temporary. That means at
the end of every job (or some time before the end of that job)
you'll start to look for a new job. It's a never ending cycle
of meeting people, auditioning, working with your agent, talking
with casting directors, meeting new directors or playwrights and
always looking. Seeking. Looking Working.
If you've just started acting, and you've been
working at it for at least a few months, you've started to notice
this. It's not unlike always looking for a new job, and
waiting for interviews. See if this sounds like you:
you've just come home from a day job working in a restaurant or an
office, and you're exhausted. The last thing you want to do is
start looking for an acting job. You think to yourself.
"If I could just get one big job" or "all I need is
one good break".
Think again. Because as soon as you get the
one job. You'll need another and another. And, if you're
prepared to work for it. You can achieve it.
The other myth to get out of your head right away
is "if I can only sign with an agent, all my troubles will go
away and I'll start getting work". The fact is that
actors with agents just have one thing you don't have - and that's
an agent. An agent is not a magic pill. You'll go
through a few agents before you find one that really works with you
- and believe it when you hear that you'll harder than your agent
does on your career. Remember the agent works for you.
And you'll only be as successful as you work with your agent.
This constant moving from job to job is what
excited many people about acting. It's really wonderful to go
from role to role and place to place (set to set) and meet new
people, and work with other actors. But it can be emotionally
exhausting and frustrating - because you'll always be looking for
that next job.
This is not something that's only at the beginning
actor level either. Big stars are constantly vying for
parts. Think about how many big, studio movies get made every
year (less than 50) and how many young, famous stars or
starlets there are out there (hundreds). You can bet that
until you get to Julia Roberts, or Mel Gibson status that many of
today's hottest stars still audition, they still get rejected, and
they still work their butts off for their next job.
So, what should you do to succeed...
First of all you have to love the world you live
in... You should immerse yourself in the world of acting... See as
much theater as you can. Not only broadway shows, but 99 Seat
shows. There's so much happening, and you should know about as
much of it as you can. If you hear about it, read about it, or
know about it - you should think about seeing it. Yes, you'll
see a ton of bad theater. But you'll also see good theater,
meet people and know about your business.
You should also see every movie you can.
This is what you want to do right? So, you should know movies,
and studios, and everything you can about the business of movies and
the kind of product that's getting made. Ask yourselves these
1. Which studios are responsible for the last four
successful movies of the summer
2 What's the hot studio right now?
3. What director is hot?
4. What are the top movies of the year?
5. What movie won Sundance this year?
6. What independent movie directors are hot right
7. What indpentent movie actors are hot right now?
8. What scripts have just sold to be made into
9. What movies are in pre-production right now
10.What was the top grossing move this weekend?
There are 50 other questions that need to be asked
- but guaranteed that every successful actor knows the answer to at
least 8 of those 10 questions right off the top of his/her
So, not only are you looking at what's going on in
the industry, but what's going on in your craft. Who are the
good acting coaches in your city. What's happening in
your craft. It's easy to say you want to be an actor, but
being an actor, and living the actor's life is another thing
As you start to really know the business, and you
start to see trends and things you really like, you'll start to
identify companies, people and things that you want to do business
with. That's when you want to start to find people who can
help you meet those companies, people etc... If it's a
director of a play you really liked, find out if they're at the
theater the night you see a show. Tell them how much you loved
the show, and ask them if they are working on anything that you
might audition for... Are you starting to see a trend here?
You're meeting people, you're out working on getting your next job.
Never stop. never stop.
Just remember, that the reason to become and actor
is not to become famous. It's not to become rich and it's not
to win an academy award. Remember, of the thousands and
thousands of actors that have been in the movie business for the
last 100 years, less than 70 people have ever won a Best Actor
Oscar. Less than 330 have even ever been
nominated. The reason to act as a career is because you
love the craft of acting. Ask yourself if you'd be willing to
live as modestly as you do now (maybe it's not so modest) if you
were a working actor. If the answer is yes, and you have the
drive to do it. You can succeed.