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How to Start Your Career as an Actor

How to Start Your Career as an Actor

When it comes to acting and kick starting a career, it’s hard to plan and to execute that plan, you need guidance. Obviously actors who have a planwill do much better than those whose only plan of action is to wing it and hope for the best.

The truth is that in case you’re new to acting business, and particularly entire idea of the entertainment business, then you’ll have to do some research and find out about what this career decision involves, what sort of preparing you’ll need and what’s the best choice of actions to make for you to succeed.

Do you know how many actors in total work and how many don’t? Statistically 95% of them don’t get work all year and only 5% do! So your aim is to be in that 5% that get work no matter how big or small it is, you have start somewhere. And how do you get to that 5%? By planning and working smart.

Take it from us. No brilliant agent ever starts a business without doing statistical surveying and making a plan of where this road is going. This is the same.

Below I’ll give you some generalassistance that can aid you to figure out what it takes to begin an acting carrier.

Make Sense of Things First
Anyone who develops an interest in acting wants to know a way to start a carrier through it in an effective and efficient way. It’s not in everyone’s goal to wonder around aimlessly from audition to audition not knowing if they are progressing or not.You have no idea how many people I have met who wanted to become an actor, but never went after their dream.

The consideration of starting an acting carrier has gone to many people but when it really comes down to doing it, there are three types of people:

  1. People who aimlessly pursue the dream of getting rich and well known with no         way or know-how about how to do it;
  2. Those who abandon it at just that, only a fantasy and nothing more;
  3. And those who set reasonable objectives and taught themselves on the best way to accomplish them, slowly and carefully.


Ask Yourself

  • Are you passionate about acting enough to actually bear all the hardship that comes with the profession?
  • Are you willing to give up on your regular life and go broke for a while? Because no one becomes an acting sensation over night.
  • How good are you at coping with rejection? Because no matter how good you are, you will be getting it a lot.
  • Will you be able to maintain 2 other jobs while finding work as an actor?

These are a few of the things that you will have to face if you want to become an actor and fulfill your dream. This is a fact that the entertainment business is a harsh world and acting is certainly not an easy job so you have to be ready at whatever it throws your way.

Don’t take this the wrong way, we are not trying to bring you down but this is crucial knowledge for someone trying to get into acting.

Make a Portfolio
Portfolios are a must for any creative field and acting is no exception. You need a way to showcase all the work you have done and all the work that you are capable of. When you apply for a job, while you audition, they have your portfolio in front of them and they are paying the both of you (you and your portfolio) equal attention because they have invested millions in the project and they will only find the person best for the role they want you to play so portfolio is a must.

Obviously you can make a portfolio yourself but we recommend taking the help of a talent or a professional agency who knows what they are doing and have a good record of making portfolios. Have a variety of portfolios because not every job that comes your way will be the same so try and make your portfolio as diverse as possible. Also it is always a good idea to keep your portfolio in different formats. Have a photo portfolio that can be used for any modeling jobs, a demo reel to showcase your acting skills, audio recordings so you can have voice acting jobs because there is no telling where this job will take you so you be ready for anything and be open to new experiences.

Important Points to Remember
We have barely scratched the surface yet but don’t worry about it, just remember these key points and you will be on your way to starting your own acting carrier in no time because time is very important especially for an actor.

The Film Industry: Just so you know what to expect, you need to learn about the industry to know how to play this game right and get ahead of everyone else.

Before Acting: Before you start you carrier, you need to make your very own carrier business plan that will ensure that you don’t starve in between jobs.

Small Steps: Start small, take up an acting class, test your passion, enjoy it. This will help you get an idea about the profession and also help your resume/portfolio.

Experience: The most important thing is experience. It will take you to places you cannot imagine.

Stability and Growth:Always work towards learning and be open to new things. It is what will give you an edge over everybody else.

A Couch: Find a couch willing to change you and bend your mind into impossible things so you will always push yourself towards greatness.

Get A Website: It’s always a safe backup to have an online website because you won’t be able to take all your portfolio everywhere with you, an interactive website is always a better alternative.

This is a profession like any other and like any other profession, there are no sure rules to success but with this guide you will surely be able to understand what’s what.

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