Can I audition for a movie without ANY experience or do I need acting lessons before?

Because I have no possibility to take acting lessons. Or do you think it’s enough when I start to take acting lessons like right NOW? I’m 15 btw and I do not live in California or New York :(

2 Responses to “Can I audition for a movie without ANY experience or do I need acting lessons before?”

  • DraMuse:

    You can audition, though how far you go is completely outside of your control.
    Still this is ultimately the same for all actors with or without experience.
    All the best :)

  • huckfinn8:

    The short answer is yes and a sarcastic lots of luck.

    Have you perused this forum for the number of girls aged 13 to 17 who want to be a professional actress or famous without a clue how to go about it? Whew, if I had a dollar for each one, I could produce the next Titanic.

    The longer answer is that getting a shot to even audition at all requires contacts. You don’t necessarily need an agent, though that would be a terrific start, but you do need to get your name and face in front of as many casting directors, agents, directors and folks in the industry as possible.

    At the very least, do some research and get the names and addresses of as many agents and casting directors as you can. You might start with a few recently published books you can find at Barnes and Nobles that list soem of them.

    Next, you will need a resume and some professional photos, both 8 x 10’s and postcard sized. Don’t scrimp ont he photo shoot. Again, do a little research and learn what looks to capture and which to avoid. There’s a company called ABC pictures that will send you hundreds of profesional head shots of your best photos for less than $100. Look them up.

    Send these out three months or so to every name and address on your list. Head shot and resume. Follow-up with a phot postcard of the same head shot as a reminder every three or four weeks or so.
    Casting directors are always working on new projects and just might be looking for a particular type. You may not fit the bill today, but a week from now on her next project, suddenly a postcard comes with the look she is now looking for. Don’t get snookered into these phony acting schools that promise you the world after you shell out $800 or $1,000 for acting classes and photo shoots. A good photographer will cost you maybe $120, the prints through ABC maybe another $150 to get started and then there is the cost of postage which is not cheap if you do it right.

    Beyond that, of course, you need to gain all the training and experience you can manage; even if it is just acting in your local community theater or nearby community college. (Most colleges allow non students to particpate!) It’s a geat way to have fun, learn the ropes and learn, too.

    Because you live outside the two cities where most auditions are held, you really must be honest if ever contacted. Most people serious about this business move to cities where they can make auditions at the drop of a hat. Rarely will you get more than 24 hours notice, and if you are lucky enough to get a call, one or two failures to appear probably means that casting director is going to scratch you off her list forever. That’s the reality.

    Either you are serious or you are not. Unless you have the time and resources to be committed to this, I would suggest you rethink your goals. More than 90 percent of professional actors who do all of the things I have mentioned, and most who do much, much more in the way of professional training, do little or absolutely no professional work. NONE. If I had a dollar for every out-of-work actor hoping for their big break, I could produce the next Avatar.

    Good luck to you.

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