Many of you ClaimFamers have emailed me asking for advice on breaking into acting with little to no experience. While it can seem like a daunting challenge, there are many ways to build credibility and in turn your resume. Being an actor is both a skill and a business. You need to be smart as well as dedicated in order to make things happen. Check out these 3 tips to help you move from amateur to over-achiever in the world of acting.
1. Get Out There – Audition for anything and everything that comes to town. The more times you are seen by a casting director, agent, producer etc. the more they will recognize you. People in the business like to work with individuals they feel comfortable around and know. The more familiarity you build, the more likely they are to book you for a job. Get out there and be seen!
2. Be Special – As an actor new on the scene it’s great to have a special skill to show off. You might not have a laundry list of credits to your name but can you cheer-lead, play the flute or ride a horse? Showing diversity and that you have a true skill may just get you that callback. Having a special skill will give you edge, something casting directors always find of interest.
3. Study – You may be a newbie, but you don’t have to act like one. Educate yourself on the business and technical side of acting. Take a class at the local theatre to hone your skills as well as add it to your resume. Most classes culminate in a final performance which might just be the start of something big for you! If you aren’t in a position to take a class, go to the library and check out books on different acting methods or read a biography on one of your favorite actors. Trust me, the more you know about the field of acting, the more confident you will feel in putting yourself out there at auditions.
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