Becoming an actor helps you to play new, specific roles and characters than yourself. It may be somewhat intimidating, but remember, every famous actor must have started somewhere. The trick to becoming an actor is to train and learn, mark yourself and audition as soon as possible. You could become the hero on the big screen with hard work and commitment soon!
Improve your skills
1. Improve your memory, so your lines can be remembered. Start with tiny parts of the script, focusing on areas with the same emotional charge. Perfect the line by repeating it, and recalling a sight in the lines. Start working online memorization until you have a whole scene mastered.
- Take daily exercise and have a diet high in omega-3s to help boost memory.
- Associate the line with any gestures you ‘d make during the scene. You have visual signs to help lead you that way.
- Take pauses regularly. Once you sit down to start memorizing again, consider repeating the lines you learned where you left off.
2. Work on tapping your voice. Since members of an audience might be seated rows apart, practice to spell your words out loud and clear. Keep away from cigarettes, caffeine, and everything that dehydrates your vocal cords and makes it difficult for you to perform.
- Pay attention to the mood of the scene when you are acting for film. You don’t want to be loud and to project while the rest are sad.
- Projecting your voice is not exactly the same as screaming.
- To get the most depth and strength out of your voice, breathe from your diaphragm.
3. Find out various dialects. To have more flexibility as an artist, practice speaking out loud in various voices and accents. If you can, watch people speaking videos in the dialect that you practice to see how their mouth moves when they articulate their words.
- If you can, talk to a native speaker about the dialect you are practicing so that you can see some small details you may not have collected before
- If necessary hire a dialect coach to help get you started.
4. Channel your feelings into the task. Look at scenes, and assess the scene ‘s core emotions. Whatever your character is supposed to feel in that moment, make sure it is expressed by your performance. If your character is sad, for example, you might be more soft-spoken and useless hand motions than an over-excited character.
- The scene’s emotional state also helps you recall your lines because you can equate the scene’s dialog with what you feel.
5. Work on your competencies on the point. Start emoting with your entire face, and using movements to make the viewer understand what your character thinks. Work on other skills such as dancing, singing, and choreography to help make your skills more marketable.
- Stage combat classes can convincingly show you how to fight without getting injured. Knowing how to do it will open up a variety of opportunities, both in musicals and plays.
- Take dance lessons. The more skills you have, the more flexible you will be and the more likely you will be to land positions.
- Try it the ordinary way out. Any skills that most other performers don’t have in the long run may pay off, so keep up with your hobbies!
6. Study acting in a university or an academy of arts. While it’s possible to behave without a formal education, this is a pretty typical go-to choice if you don’t live in LA or New York. You are going to get exposure to the pros, learn about techniques, and have automatic chances of working on stage. This will also help you to build your resume, get exposure, and establish a network of colleagues and contacts. Your teachers will continually encourage you to do more, caring for you literally for the motivation part.
- To be a professional actor, an acting school isn’t required. You could become the next star as long as you continue to fine-tune your craft and practice.
7. In your town, attend summer camps, act workshops, or summer stock. Many of these can be intense enough that in a span of 2 to 3 weeks you can learn months worth of content. Multiple shows can involve you doing multiple roles and possibly even get stipends for your work.
- If you’re trapped in a job or school that prevents you from attending these, make sure you ‘re still reading and learning your art. Go to events, read up on the theory, and open yourself to new thought concepts and schools.
- Contact your local theater to see if you could attend any special events or seminars.
- Summer stock is a great way to get started if you are interested in stage theatre, and it only runs during the summer. Plays, musicals, and even operas get up all over the country in a matter of weeks and deliver a very valuable life experience. Find a spring audition near you to get ready for the season once school is out.
Create your Personal Mark
1. Get access to the Web through social media and websites that operate. Put your performance videos on YouTube, or set up a Facebook and Twitter page where fans can like and share your content, such as pictures of you in roles or headshots. It’s a long shot, but you never know who will come across your data accidentally and want to recruit you. Make pages on acting-related sites such as Actors Access to communicate with the industry after building up a social media presence.
- Just think of yourself as a businessman. You are an artist, but you are also self-employed in the business. Use relevant hashtags in posts so you can get as much exposure as possible.
- Build a personal web site with a URL that is easy to remember. If not already taken use your name as the web address.
- Network on LinkedIn with the acting groups to find like-minded people.
2. Get those headshots. Get your photos taken by a professional so you can get the best looking headshots. Wear small quantities of makeup so that directors who look at the pictures will know what you look like if you step in at that point in time. Look straight into the camera as you take the pictures.
- Ask any young photographers willing to take you on for a small fee, or even free of charge. The great thing about headshots is there’s no need for a package and nothing fancy-schmancy is needed.
- Edit your headshot every 2 to 3 years so casting directors to know what you are looking like at the moment.
3. Extensive network. Be accessible, and build your professional reputation. Be the first person to reach out to others to show you a genuine interest in the people you are close to. Those on your network will connect you to available jobs and give you useful insights into your work and the business.
- Stop building up poor credibility. If you’re coined as lazy, hard to deal with, or just plain snooty, you ‘re less likely to be getting gigs.
- Using websites such as LinkedIn to connect to others within your region and industry.
4. Stay updated on industry. Check out industry papers and websites such as Variety, Backstage, Show Business Weekly, and Hollywood Reporter.com to see what the current business trends are. To keep the creative flame alive, regularly go to shows and collaborate with friends and acquaintances on side projects.
- Keep up-to-date with new playwrights and directors, get acquainted with theories, and get out there. Knowing the direction in which “the game” is heading will help keep you ahead of the curve. You will perhaps be the inspiration for the next big project!
Auditing the Roles
1. Learn an assortment of monologs. Look up online for 1-2 minute monologs or buy an acting book with monologs from famous pieces. Practice doing it with your own style of voice and acting. Monologues are often used to cast you into plays, movies, and shows, and they enable you to showcase your talents in a short time.
- Find a monolog depending on the type of actor you ‘re in. Do not read a monolog of an old woman if you are a young man, or vice versa.
- You ‘re going to want contrasting monologues. And if you’re just playing the funny guy, you’ll have a few serious monologs ready to turn out on request.
- Prepare 16-32 bars of a few songs for singers, and master them. Some auditions will not specify a genre while others will want you to show them something that is similar to what they produce.
2. Bring your CV together. List your abilities relevant to your acting in a notebook and pick your most essential skills. Attach some performances at schools, seminars, colleges, and community theatre. Make sure that you list only your new works, so that the casting director is not frustrated by the amount of work on your resume.
- List any unique talents you have on your CV (dancing, singing, dialects, combat, etc.). Don’t lie about the credentials you have.
3. Prepared to turn up. Display your audition material on time, know it, carry any materials you need (including a pen or pencil) and look your best. You can not control what you’re going to think of the director who casts the project, however, you can control how well you’re presenting yourself.
- Be talkative about your talent and be optimistic. You never know who you are going to meet who can get you inside. That guy who’s hiding in the corner with a headset on probably has a lot more power than you know, and he might later even if he doesn’t now. So chat those around you and dig your toes into the sandbox in action.
4. Audition also. Having auditions is a nice way of getting to see the city. Once people begin to recognize you, they will have a greater chance of considering you for roles. Half the fight is about getting your name out.
- You are going to get rejections. Treat them gently, and start. It will eventually come a yes.
Go ahead with your career
1. If necessary, transfer to a large city. Start by working in your local movie scene, or in places you can easily access. Save the money that you make so you can move to a bigger city where more roles are available and films are often made.
- Whether you’re in the USA, consider moving to Los Angeles, Dallas, New York, or Atlanta. Seek Vancouver, Toronto, London, or Mumbai for movies outside the United States.
2. When you get going, look for roles in commercials. Search for casting calls for local commercials on websites such as Backstage or Craigslist. As you go in for the audition, dress for the part that you play so that casting directors can easily picture you in the role.
- Commercial acting is a smaller role but it will expose you to a wide audience and bring your face out to the audience.
- Look out for posts that sound too good to be true on Craigslist because they could be scams. Watch out for off-site emails or positions that seem to pay too much, with no experience required.
3. For bigger pictures become a “normal” performer. When you’re where you need to be, get in touch and perform roles as an extra actor, or background actor. Open casting calls for these can be found across the Internet, but Backstage, Hollywood Reporter and Variety are just a few places to start.
- Although this may not be a starring role, you may still be able to list an additional role in your resume to show you have experience.
4. Get a cop. Ask for opinions around your network on who to go and how to get started. Make cold-calls or send letters of inquiry to companies to see if they are trying to serve new talent. An agent will help you strike agreements for the positions you play.
- Agents get paid only when they find you ‘re working. Don’t buy into those who claim a certain exorbitant fee even though your schedule remains wide open.
5. Get into union with a performer. Look at organizations, such as ACTRA, AEA, AGMA or AGVA. You are eligible to enter SAG (the Screen Actor’s Guild) once you are a member for at least 1 year and have worked under union. Unions sell you incentives and protection when you’re at work.
- Annual SAG dues are $201.96 USD, and 1,575 percent of the earnings that year. Check with your Union to see what their annual rates are.
6. When you wish to do theatre, consider getting your equity card. While you can go through all the hoops without it, and still find success, getting your equity card opens up a range of auditions that would otherwise not be available to you. You either have to have an equity standing deal, be a member of a sister organization (such as SAG, for example), or gain sufficient credits to reach the requirement.
- It’s normal to find the process a little frustrating, so contact your actor’s social network with a friend or teacher for more information about how they got their card.