Im thinking about acting or modeling.How is the best way to go about it?




I know being picked to act or model is hard to get and takes a lot of time, money, and commitment. Im in highschool and live in the suburbs of NY. I just want to hear from someone who did do it and how they got an agent and all.. so any good/bad experiences? thanks.


2 Responses to “Im thinking about acting or modeling.How is the best way to go about it?”

  • ♫Steph♫:

    1. Training. Acting/Dancing/Singing classes are a good start. You start to get some talent under your belt, and grow your confidence. Plus, if after about a year of classes if you realize you really don’t like it, it’ll be easier for you to back out.

    2. Experience. Do Community Theater, act in your school play, get in some student films, etc. You’ll want to do as many productions as possible to have a great resume.

    3. Agent. http://www.soyouwanna.com/site/syws/talentagent/talentagent.html

    As you can see, you’re going to need to spend at least two years (At the VERY least. Usually you’ll need three to four.) building yourself up. You’ll want to make sure this is what you really want to do before you start getting into this.

    Also, you should NEVER have to pay for anything when it comes to getting an agent. If an agent tells you to take special classes from them or a website asks for a credit card number, that is a red flag that it is a scam. Some of the big scammers out there are: John Robert Powers, Millie Lewis, John Casablancas, Model Look, Barbizon.

    For women, you generally have to be 5′ 8” to be a runway model, or wear heels to make you that height. For print models, all body sizes/shapes/colors are needed for modeling. To be a model, here’s the basics:

    1. Parental Approval – You’re not going to model if they don’t okay it. They’ve got to sign for you, they’ve got to drive you, etc. If you’re already 18, this doesn’t apply to you.

    2. Head Shot and Body Shot – When just starting out, you can take these with your digital camera. (But keep in mind, they need to look as professional as possible.) As you get more into the business you’ll have to get them done professionally – But you’ll be with an agency by then and they will pay for it.

    3. Look for an agent – Go to google, type “modeling agencies in (city, state)” and a list of them will come up. You should NEVER have to pay for anything when it comes to getting an agent. If an agent tells you to take classes from them or a website asks for a credit card number, that is a red flag that it is a scam. Some of the big scammers out there are: John Robert Powers, Proscout, Millie Lewis, John Casablancas, Model Look, Barbizon.

    4. Realize that this is a tough business – You’re not going to get every job. Some people are going to be rude, downright mean. You’ve got to have thick skin, or you’re gonna get bruised quickly.

    Hope this helps you and I hope you go on to have a fantastic career. =)

  • Laura:

    Well, the good news is you’re in the absolute best city for resources! It does take a lot of time and commitment to become a good professional at either acting or modeling. There’s no easy road… but, there are some realities to know before deciding if you really want to pursue either. It’s different for everyone. Modeling is pretty clear cut… what is required, because it relies on the physical. Acting, is more about you and your passion for it. I’ve been a working fashion model and actress in NY and LA for 20 years and would be glad to help you. Contact me on my email or my website below and I’ll steer you in the right direction. Do not pay anyone any money upfront in exchange for promises of work. Remember, good agents pay YOU!

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