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Becoming an actor instead of finishing high school?!?

Author : John P

Submitted : 2018-02-15 01:04:29    Popularity:     

Tags: finishing  actor  school  high  

So I'm really into acting and I'm thinking about going on auditions soon. But I'm in high school and i cant really do acting and high school because school really needs more time and everything. Is it good idea to drop out of high school an

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Going for auditions is not the same as "being an actor" (or more precisely, actually making a living at acting), as any of the thousands of wannabes will tell you.

It takes, on average, seven years of good quality training and stage experience before you could expect to get signed by an agent.
And through an agent is how actors get auditions. You can't just turn up and ask to be heard. You have to be invited.
And as it's rare for any actor to get more than a few days' paid acting work a year, you're going to need to train for an 'ordinary' job just so you can afford a place to live and enough food to survive on.

Stay in school. Take acting classes, singing lessons, dance classes and perform regularly with a good community theatre.
Then aim for a degree-level drama course.
And don't say there's no time for all that AND high school.
Of course there is. Hundreds of thousands of aspiring actors do it all the time.
It takes effort and it's hard work - but if you can't manage your time and do all that, you don't have what it takes to be an actor.

It's a terrible idea to drop out of high school to try to be an actor. First- professional acting is a business. There are not a bunch of open auditions you can go to hoping to be "discovered". For most professional work you have to be invited to audition, usually through an agent. And you can't just hire an agent, it's more like they choose you. Legitimate agents are paid a percentage of what an actor makes, never pay an agent up front, Since they only make money when an actor books a professional job, they are very picky about who they take on as clients. If you can't even finish high school, why woudl an agent think you're able to handle the responsiblity and stress of working at a professonial level?

Plus in the US there are legal restrictions and requirements for minors. That includes things like an entertainment work permit (which is tied to school performance) and a Coogan trust account. And most mainstream TV shows and movies are union - so they hire actors who are members of the SAG-AFTRA actors' union. You can't just join the union, you need a specific type of experience to be eligible to join. And they have regulations about when and how long minors can work.

Which means - production companies prefer to hire adults to play teens rather then teens. Adults have more matuurity to handle the stress, work reslationship, marketing, and the like of working a professional level and they don't have the restrictions that minors do. You you are a HUGE disadvantage to run off and try to be an actor.

Be careful, there are alot of scams and rip offs that prey on people who mistakenly think they can just be "discovered". Hopefully nothing "bad" would happen to you - the thing is NOTHING would happen to you. No job, no acting career, nothing.

ETA: You're living in a fantasy. There are not hundreds of stars who dropped out of high school, Child stars get an education on set or are home schooled. They do not drop out of getting an education, they get an alternate education. And it's unrealistic to look at only the handful of starts who really did drop out and igore the literally hundreds of thousands of drops outs who ran off to be actors and did absolutely nothing. That's like looking at only the dropout, wannabe actors who were murdered or died and claim that's the most likely outcome. The fact is the likely outcome will be absoultely nothing.

I'll give you some numbers. There are currently 20,000 child actors WITH AGENTS just in LA. The state of CA issues 50,000 entertainment work permits every six months for wannabe child actors. Those are just the number of children prepared to work at a professional level. It doesn't count the thousand upon thousands of wannabe actors like you who are unprepared for a professional career.

Children often don't understand all the behnd-the-scene work that goes into something they do. For child actors, parents take care of al ot of the busines end of things - making sure they have the permits, trust accounts, taxes, contracts. It's the parents who pay for the marketing materials like head shots and show reels. The parents work to prepare the resume, website, social media. It's the parents who research who the casting directors are, who the agents are and do the networking. So sure, all the kid does is show up and audition - with no real understanding of all the work that went in to get them the audition.

Look - if you're serious about wanting an acting career then get your head out of the sand and face the reality of what is involved in attempting a professional acting career. Dreaming about getting "discovered" and feeding that fantasy by looking only at what you want to see is a big sign of immaturity and demonstrates that you are just not ready to drop out of high school and attempt working at a professional level. Professional acting is a business. If you can't make reasonable decisions, you're simply not going to get very far in life (let alone acting)

Don't drop out of high school to become an actor, but don't throw away the idea of acting either.

You need the high school diploma for people to take you seriously (unfortunately). But it's a small hurdle. Once you are done with high school, a world of possibilities opens up to you.

There is nothing saying that you can't pursue auditions while you are in school. If you find something that you think could prove to be a great opportunity, make time for it. But remember the diploma is important, just in case things don't quite work out how you planned.

One thing that you should NOT do... do not attend University for the sole purpose of getting a degree in some acting related field. This is a solid way of landing you in serious debt and uncertain job prospects. I am not saying don't take acting classes, I am saying an acting degree at University is not worth much today.

I have a friend who went to school for acting. She is a wonderful actor with an incredible voice. She has been to numerous gigs all around Manhattan and still, she has yet to land a stable acting job.

The best thing that you can do... keep up with your schooling, and NETWORK. Do whatever you can to get YOUR NAME out there. People cannot audition someone they don't know exists. Network, join facebook groups for actors and do everything you can to learn the ropes of how the system works.

If you put yourself out there enough, eventually someone will see you as a fit for what they need.

No you shouldn't risk it you may regret it later take your time in high school to take acting classes and drama class to get better and better than wait until high school to try and start your career

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