21 1 / 2011
A lot of people want to be an actor. They want to perform, be famous, get rich, all that stuff. But you can’t just move out to New York or LA expecting to get discovered over night. You have to start out small.
Starting out at a local theater is the way to go. There are a million plays out there in the world, chances are you’ll want to be in one of them! Theater can really build your confidence and help you start your career as an actor. And it helps fill up your resume ;)
But here’s where people go wrong… you can’t just do one play then think you’re ready. You have to work at it. Taking acting classes, dance classes, singing lessons, modeling lessons, there’s so much more training you could do! Really, the more you have on your resume, the more attention you will get from casting directors.
After you have worked on building up your resume, time to get out there! The more auditions you go on, the better! Go to every audition that comes your way (if you’re interested in the project of course).
(Side note: Big movies that have a website where you can upload your audition, hardly ever pick an actor from the website, don’t fall for it)
Next, it’s time to find some representation.
Look around for local modeling/acting agencies. Having an agency represent you will make you look more professional. Agencies will help you book more jobs and guide you through everything.
With an impressive resume and an agency backing you up, you’ll be ready to start your career.
Looking for auditions can get very stressful, but you have to try and not let it get to you. Now that the internet is such a big part of everyones’ lives, it’s easy to find national or local auditions online. Search around and you’ll be surprised.
Check out the website Actors Access. I’ve personally booked a job just from having my resume and headshot on that website. The project turned out amazing and I never would’ve gotten the part without the website!
And soon enough, you’ll have your own IMDB :)