How to Make It as an Actor

Actors are continually learning and working to improve their acting traits.

Another common myth is that actors are "discovered" and make it big in showbiz. Most actors actually have years of experience in community plays, commercials, George Garfield Nader and small parts in sitcoms before they make it to larger roles in films. To be an actor, you must have the desire, passion, and determination to achieve your dreams. The performing arts is a difficult industry, but you can be successful if you are willing to work hard and be persistent. If you really love acting, you will continue to do it as a full or part-time job until you make it in the industry.

If you have no experience in acting, or even if you do have experience, it's necessary to be educated and train in acting. There are many community classes you can take to start your training. Start out with general classes and move to more advanced lessons, particularly as you gain more experience on stage and behind the camera.

Your acting classes are a part of your fundamental training as an actor, but they can't replace the experience of performing on stage in front of a live audience. Your classes will complement your experience on stage. Regardless of what theories you learn, it's important to learn how to portray a character and communicate that character to your audience. Start out small, by finding local productions in your hometown. You can find these productions by looking through your local newspaper's entertainment section, on boards at theaters, on community boards at local colleges, and online.

Although you may not want to get a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts, it is wise to get an acting internship [http://www.getamentor.com]. An acting internship can provide you with more one-on-one experience than general classes can provide you. Many internships will provide you a mentor, a person who is successful in the industry and can offer you guidance, advice, and valuable contacts. You can even find an internship that will work around your work or school schedule, so you can gain experience without quitting your present job.

You can also try to contact other actors and directors in the area. Try to build relationships with others in your industry because they can be a valuable networking source. A good way to start building relationships with casting directors and agents is to get professional head shots and send them with your resume to local directors and agents. Every few months, update your resume and send them out again. This lets them know that you're gaining experience. Eventually, an agent will see you in one of your local productions and sign you on as a client. Your agent can then find you more parts.
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