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How to become an actress?

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Submitted : 2018-06-14 20:06:13    Popularity:     

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So i just got inspired to become an actress/ film producer. I know the steps to becoming a producer but how about becoming an actress? Im 17 and just finishing junior year of highschool, if anyone could give me some advice, that would be great.

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Basically, to make a start as an actor, you'd need to -
1) Have loads of natural talent.
2) Get a few years of training at a good, accredited acting school, going from the basic classes to advanced ones.
3) Get experience in a wide range of stage plays and shows – not regular high school stuff
4) Learn to sing and dance if possible.
5) Train for a good ordinary job as well, one you can work free-lance, as you’ll need it. Almost all actors work at least one other job just to survive.
6) Ideally study Drama at degree-level at drama school or university. (In the UK it has to be a top drama school)
7) After all the above, try to find an agent who will accept you.
8) When you get an agent, which is how you find auditions, try to win a few auditions out of the hundreds you'll have to apply for.

Just bear in mind that all that hard work isn't enough - you also need huge talent, dedication, determination, resilience and luck.
And sadly, the best that almost all actors will ever get is about ten days’ paid acting work a year - that's the average - and will never get more than a few minor roles in small productions.

Watch any movie, and count the number of actors in the cast list at the end which you hardly noticed - 'fifth bad guy', 'blonde prostitute', 'cop with ladder' and so on - they all imagined themselves up there at the top, but for the vast majority, that's as good as it gets.

Good luck!

Attend drama classes, attend auditions whenever you can. Perform, find an agent.

You start by acting and learning about acting. That means taking acting classes and being in productions. That experience can come from school or local/community or professional theater productions. You get headshots and put together a portfolio. You audition of any and every part you can find. You join Actors Equity. You try to hire an agent who will represent you. As others have noted, it takes hard work, stamina, a thick skin, and a lot of luck. Maybe you get a part in local plays or in an ad for a local company. If you are in LA or NYC, maybe you get a national commercial or a part as an extra.

My daughter knows a famous young award winning actress from before she was famous. She tells me it took that actresses' mother driving her 8 hours to LA a couple times a month for auditions from about age 8. Then finally the family rented an apartment in LA for the mother and daughter to live there over half time and take acting lessons. The mother forced herself into agents offices and casting directors to get her daughter looked at.

Now the daughter is a very well known actress n Hollywood. However, for every success there are another hundred that never get past bit roles or commercials.

Basically, it takes 10 years of hard work to become an overnight success in Hollywood.

Start by getting some acting experience. Join a local community theater. They will usually put "anyone" on stage. Also behind the scenes so you understand what happens there. Take some acting classes - most high school have a drama class and/or theater group. Get some experience and begin to build a resume.

Every theater group I have been part of as ties to the movie and other industries. They hear about auctions, jobs as extras, etc. (You can make $75 to $500 a day just walking in a crowd scene.) These jobs let you meet directors and producers and other who hire actors. Again, get experience and build a resume.

Hire an agent. They will have the information for auctions and acting jobs that they can send you to. Again, if you have a resume and experience....

Most actors spend years developing the skills needed to get that break out role that makes them an overnight success.

Are you a picture perfect Barbie doll with a killer body? You should have no problem.



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