How to make the transition from wannabe actor to working actor

Authenticme By Authenticme, 5th Oct 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Ever dreamed about becoming an actor? Ever wondered how to turn your dreams into reality? Read on..

How to become an actor

The first thing to think about is the motive for becoming an actor, ie is it 'to become famous', perhaps a genuine desire to learn to act, or a long held dream that just keeps bobbing up and won't go away? If your 'motive is pure' as they say, it's a worthwhile pursuit.

The best advice I can give is to get experience: like anything, it's in the doing that you learn. You can't learn to drive without switching on the ignition and doing the fancy footwork - much as some expensive driving companies would beg to differ who spend lesson one TALKING at you. The more experience you can get, the better. Then you are going to need someone to look at your work, which is where training comes in, to sand off any rough edges. You may have a natural, instinctive talent but you then need to learn the craft and pick up lots of nuggets through acting training: acquire your.... TOOLBOX :) Whether that's at an accredited drama school (in an ideal world, as this does get attention on your CV), at a non accredited one or through classes alone, which is how a well known actress I spoke to made her way into the business,there are lots of opportunities out there for any age - any age does need to be cast after all. There is a vast selection of useful books to dip into on acting, for example the iconic Uta Hagen's 'Respect for Acting ' (it does need to be respected - it is a craft), but if you can get up and have a go, all the better.

Acting is about people, listening, responding, which seems strange considering the BUSINESS of acting can feel quite solitary. So, get involved, get some training, but if you don't feel very confident, start small. Join an amateur theatre group local to you, go to rehearsed readings. Have a look at your council website for any theatrical groups in the area, not all of them charge. And learn about film, which is the fun bit - watch some! And tv! Look at actors you like, and ask yourself why, as later on down the line you'll be self marketing and will need to know your casting type. Keep your passion for acting alive, go to watch plays, get some knowledge under your belt - that will help boost your confidence as an actor.

A key point is to keep your feet on the ground, and as positive as it's good to be calling yourself 'an actor', remember all those who 'make it' (think real drama vs reality tv - eek sorry!) do so through hard work, dedication and commitment. You will find it is a job in the end, and if you are after a professional career, try to find classes/ groups with like-minded people, versus those with one eye on the clock for the next tea break.

If it's just for the fun of it that's a different matter - just remember there's more to acting than 'I want to be a tree' (assume the pose) - and bare feet. Cliches aside, it can be an amazing outlet for expression, where you may find you 'fit', let's hope you do find that, hope to meet you some time!


Acting, Acting Career, How To Become An Actor, Working Actors

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I'm an actor, musician, teacher and life coach. I will be publishing articles related to those topics, as well as common interest topics

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
5th Oct 2013 (#)

There is also techniques and angles including finding your niche. That includes your voice modulation, make up hair etc. for best effects on camera including getting into character.
I personally prefer no nudity, semi-nudity, bikini shots or even onscreen kissing (which has to be learnt BTW as its not regular lip kissing) etc.
This is my personal preference and experiences from my reality apart from creative artistry in music, writing etc. and corporate work.

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