So you want to be an actor? That’s great! We could use more people in this business who care about their craft and have passion for what they do. But there are a lot of steps between wanting something and getting it, so here’s everything you need to know about becoming an actor.
Step 1: Schooling
Acting school can be an expensive proposition. Luckily, there are many universities and conservatories that offer the training you need to be a working actor for less than $20,000. The length of a degree program varies from one institution to another; some offer undergraduate degrees while others offer graduate programs that can take anywhere from two years to four years.
As far as which acting school is best for you, it’s important to consider what your goals are for going there. Are you hoping to become a Hollywood star? Then perhaps looking into schools on the west coast would be more beneficial over schools in New York City or Chicago—those cities have their own acting scenes with their own style and marketability (so if your dream is Broadway then train at NYU).
If cost isn’t an issue then go ahead and spend every last dollar on enrollment fees because ultimately they’re going towards your future career!
Step 2: Choose a Discipline
Once you’ve decided to become an actor, the next step is to choose a discipline. Acting is a broad term that covers many areas of performance. It’s not just about being on stage and it’s not just about being in front of cameras. Some parts of acting involve being an extra or voice-over work, and these are often considered separate disciplines from on-camera work.
Step 3: Begin Building Your Resume
Once you’ve got your headshots and have done some research, it’s time to get started. The best way to start building your resume is by creating projects of your own—whether they’re short films or theatre productions. You can then add these projects to your resume when looking for work.
Once you have a few things listed on your resume, it’s time to build up an online presence. Create a website with information about yourself, what you like doing, and where people can find more information about the projects that are listed on your site (as well as links back). This will help potential employers find out more about who they’ll be working with if they hire you.
Social media also plays a role in this step: create accounts on Twitter/Instagram/etc., so that people can follow along with what interests them most about being an actor or actress!
Another way for actors/actresses to get involved in their local scene is through film festivals—whether at school or community-based ones held throughout the year; this lets actors show off their talent while also meeting other artists from around their area!
Step 4: Get an Agent or Manager
The first step is to find an agent or manager. There are many ways to do this, including:
- Searching online for agencies that represent actors in your area. If you don’t know where to start, try contacting an agency about a part-time job (or “extra”) and asking for advice on how to become an actor.
- A friend who is currently represented by an agent or manager can often put in a good word for you.* Checking out open calls at local film studios and other entertainment venues.* Asking around the casting office where you’ve been auditioning regularly.* Posting on social media with links back to your profile page on IMDbPro so that casting directors can easily see what roles you have already played.
Step 5: Build Up Credits and Reel
Now you’re ready to start building up your acting resume and reel. To land the roles you want, you’ll need to get experience in front of the camera or on stage. Here are some ways that might happen:
- Informational interviews: Talk with people in the industry who will help guide you through their world.
- Auditions: Go out on auditions and demonstrate what it is they’re looking for in applicants.
- Acting classes: Take acting classes where they’ll work with you one-on-one to help build your skills and confidence as an actor–and also provide more opportunities for professional connections!
Step 6: Stay Busy and Never Stop Working!
Now you know the ins and outs of acting, but it’s important to remember that becoming an actor is not easy. It will take time and effort, but if you stay positive and keep working hard, the rewards will be worth it!
If you want to become an actor:
- Be prepared to work hard.
- Don’t give up when things get tough or don’t go your way at first. Just because something doesn’t work out today doesn’t mean it won’t tomorrow—or next week or next month or next year! You have to believe in yourself and know that if you keep trying, one day things will fall into place for you.
- Keep learning new skills and refining your current abilities as best as possible so that when opportunities arise they will already be within grasp (and hopefully with less stress than before).
Becoming an actor takes a lot of work, but it’s not impossible.
Becoming an actor takes a lot of work, but it’s not impossible. You need to be prepared to put in the time and effort required to succeed in this field. It’s important that you network with people who know how to get you jobs and make sure your attitude is always positive. Your job search will take dedication and perseverance, but if those are qualities that you have, then acting could be for you!
Becoming an actor is an amazing opportunity to pursue your passion. However, it’s important to remember that it takes a lot of work and dedication. You will have to be patient when starting out but if you’re willing to put in the time and effort, then there’s no doubt in my mind that you will succeed! Just remember: never give up on your dreams!