How can I start of to acheive my acting career?

Provide a list of what I should do, for example. Acting lessons? Etc

5 Responses to “How can I start of to acheive my acting career?”

  • PopsA:

    Join an acting….school…they’ll also give u links to movies,soaps nd serials,,,…nd in dis way u may proseed…

  • Jen:

    Get into school & community plays and drama club. Those are ur best bets.

  • Liz Hf:

    I agree with the previous comments. You need to join an acting school first of all, even if it’s just at an amateur level, just to get a bit of experience under your belt and get you used to auditions.

    I work with Harveys Furniture and we’re running a competition at the moment, where you could win a day on set at Coronation Street, which could be really good exposure for you and obviously a chance to meet other Actors. You just have to record yourself acting out a well known scene from the soap and upload it for a chance to win. There are downloadable scripts or you can make up your own 45 second clip. You can find more info here: http://www.harveysfurniture.co.uk/CoronationStreet/CastingCouch/About.aspx

    Good luck!

    Liz

  • Your Worst Nightmare ;):

    I’m not too sure what your age is, but I’m guessing young (teen/young adult). I’m hopefully going to have an acting career too (I’m 16 btw), and these are some tips of what you can do:

     Audition for school productions
    Audition for community productions
    Check out casting calls in your city if there are any TV shows asking for TV character roles etc.
    Do drama at school (Duh)
    Try and audition for an acting academy/school (remember, these are VERY competitive to get into)- where I am (Australia) they have WAAPA and NIDA, which are two Performing Arts Academy’s.
    Get your face and name out there :)

  • T K:

    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/tp…

    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/…

    How to make an ACTING resume:
    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?…

    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

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