How can I start an acting career?




So far my mom is managing my “acting career”. And we cant afford ANY MORE acting lessons since we got scmaed alote and economy has been horrible. So im trying to find some commercials. But most of the sites like Explore Talent has to be paid.My mom said i could get an agent but i have no idea how to get n agent! (Since its basically impossible to find one!) So maybe An agents # would be goood. THanks!

I Have my headshots
Had acting experience
been to acting classes 3 years ago


5 Responses to “How can I start an acting career?”

  • MagnumPenisInvestigation:

    start a youtube channel, make some videos

  • RDG78:

    If your school has a drama club, join it.
    Already doing that? Then follow the first answerer’s advice. (Ah, what a time we live in!)
    Here’s another idea. Write your own scripts.

    Also, have you tried doing a Google search for talent agencies?

  • hoo:

    http://www.youtube.com/user/thatsophiakid < – tons of videos all about your question. dont wanna type out an essay cause i basically answer it in all my videos oh and :) subscribe? its my birthday today!! :D ahahha

  • TruthTeller59:

    Explore Talent is a SCAM!

    I’m an LA Actor giving you the REAL DEAL!

    Here’s the cliffsnotes version of what you can do to do to get into acting and eventually get an agent:

    1.EDUCATE YOURSELF FIRST!

    READ (check Samuel French, libraries, and bookstores):

    *=Highly recommend

    Acting business:
    *Acting is Everything: Gold Edition-Judy Kerr
    *How to Be a Working Actor-Mari Lyn Henry and Lynne Rogers
    *Self Management for Actors-Bonnie Gillespie
    -How to Get Arrested-J. Wallach Michael and Paul Thurwachter
    *An Agent Tells All-Tony Martinez
    -How To Book Acting Jobs in TV and Film-Cathy Reinking
    -One Less Bitter Actor: The Actor’s Survival Guide-Markus Flanagan
    -So You Want to Be in Showbusiness?- Steve R. Stevens
    -Acting Truths and Lies (purchased at http://www.info4actors.com)

    Acting:
    *Book the Job-Doug Warhit
    *Intent to Live-Larry Moss
    -Acting for the Camera-Tony Barr
    -Acting in Film-Michael Caine
    -Acting Class: Take a Seat-Milton Katselas

    Method Acting:
    *Art of Acting-Stella Adler
    -Sanford Meisner on Acting-Sanford Meisner
    -A Dream of Passion-Lee Strasberg
    *Actor’s Art and Craft-William Esper
    -The Power of the Actor-Ivanna Chubbuck
    -No Acting Please-Eric Morris
    -Respect for Acting-Uta Hagen
    -Challenge to the Actor-Uta Hagen
    -You Can Act!-D.W. Brown
    -Strasberg’s Method-Lorrie Hull

    Comedy
    *8 Characters of Comedy-Scott Sedita
    -The Sitcom Career Book-Mary Lou Belli

    Improv
    -Anything by Viola Spolin
    -Steve Book on Acting: Improv
    -Improvise: Scene from the Inside Out-Mick Napier

    Auditioning/Cold Reading:
    *How to Get the Part Without Falling Apart-Margie Haber
    *Audition-Michael Shurtleff
    *The 15 Guideline Map to Booking-Amy Lyndon
    -Secrets to Successful Cold Readings-Glenn Alterman

    2.GET TRAINING!

    Regardless of how “naturally talented” you might be, you NEED training, PERIOD!

    Definitely take classes in:
    -Cold Reading/Auditioning
    -Improv
    -Scene study
    -Commercials

    3. Get GREAT headshots

    Here’s is a good place to start:

    http://bbs.backstage.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/8011031/m/246101692

    4. Build Your Resume and Reel Doing Student films and Indie Films. Also do plays to build your acting experience.

    Sample Resume:
    http://i707.photobucket.com/albums/ww80/ELDORADO59/scan0002.jpg

    How to make an ACTING resume:
    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091011203729AAkQetj

    The ONLY LEGIT Online sites that you can find jobs on your own through:
    ALL SITES NOT LISTED BELOW ARE QUESTIONABLE!

    -ActorsAccess.com
    -LACasting.com
    -Nowcasting.com
    -NYCasting.com
    -NYCastings.com
    -Backstage.com

    Free but proceed with caution:
    -Castingcallsearch.com
    -Mandy.com
    -Craigslist

    5. Get an Agent

    Look up LEGIT agencies here:
    http://www.agentassociation.com/

    http://www.sag.org/content/find-agent

    To get an agent, you need to get GREAT headshots, a good resume, and training from the best. These are enough to get you a commercial agent at least. Getting a GOOD theatrical agent (Film/tv) takes longer. Most good theatrical agents won’t see you unless you’re SAG, have a polished resume, and a demo reel. Commercial agents are more lenient about that. What the best Commercial agents want to see on your resume are good commercial classes, improv, and cold reading.

    You can get an agent multiple ways. Here are a few common ways:
    -Mail in an unsealed manilla envelope with a CONCISE coverletter and headshot with the resume stapled on the back. If you have a demoreel include that too.
    -Attend a showcase and impress them. By showcase I do not mean scammy conventions like IMTA, IPOP, Proscout, or Best New Talent. I mean legit ones like at Actor Connection, Reel pros, Network Studios, etc.
    -Get a referral from a friend who is with the agency that you’re interested in

    DON’T
    -Email them unless they tell you to. IT’S UNPROFESSIONAL!
    -Call unless they tell you to. ALSO UNPROFESSIONAL!
    -Walk in and ask for a meeting. UNPROFESSIONAL THREE!
    -Sign with them if they ask for upfront money, make you take new photos with THEIR photographer, or take THEIR classes. Agent’s ONLY make money when you do. Agents usually make 10% on film/tv and commercials and 20% on commercial print

  • Allyse:

    If your mom is the one managing your career you should talk to her. You can try finding an agent using the phone book, SAG.org, or google. Just make sure that they have a license to practice.
    Also Agencies don’t cost a dime :D they’re free and work only on commission which means they don’t get paid till you get paid.

    As for training, you probably need to get some more because 3 years is a long time ago. Drama classes from your school is a great idea and you can get some awesome feedback from posting auditions on Youtube (it’s highly doubtful that you can book a job that way though)

    Good Luck!

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