Okay, lets break right into it, with the First Step down the path of becoming an Actor and improving your skills. Firstly, you have to decide if this life path is for you, and what it entails. I would like to note that it is a ‘life path’ and not just a career choice. Success in this will bring great change not only to your set of skills and income level, but also your level of fame, and the way you live your life. If you have major obligations (religious, social, military, etc) you should consider that this might not be the time for you to develop your career. But again, if you want something bad enough, you can make it happen.
Easy enough? If your even reading this article, I assume your beyond this point. Okay, my next bit of advice, the second step, is another no-brainer. Move to Los Angeles, New York, or possibly Atlanta. You won’t get discovered if you stay in Boise Idaho, and even if you love it, you can always come back. Of these three cities, which should you choose? Los Angeles is a no-brainer, as the Cinema Capital of the world, LA is concerned with the production and export of California’s Culture, and by default, American Culture. The cost of living is moderately high, and they suffer from inner-city crime, but there is a great night life, and good employment opportunities for you besides acting.
How about New York? New York is the center of Stage in America; and is one of the central centers for production of a lot of Televised Programs. However, the cost of living here is very high, and it probably has as high a crime rate as LA. And Jobs? New York has jobs, but they my not be as good as LA, and your standard of Living may go way down.
What about Atlanta? Okay, I’ll admit, I have a personal bias on this one, being from Atlanta. However, Atlanta is quickly becoming a new star in the entertainment industry, with a lot of opportunities stemming from Hip Hop, and Independent Films. Atlanta has a thriving community of small-budget film-makers, and is a great place to build your initial body of work.
Okay, so your here, in the city of you choice. What is Step Three? Get a Job. Easier said than done, but you will need something to finance your new ‘venture’, and part of financing your venture is to keep yourself alive. After basic living expenses, use your money on things such as phone and internet. No expensive televisions, get a used car. You need to cut every expense you can, because you need to invest your money in yourself.
Plus, if you discipline yourself to save, you never know what opportunities could come along for you to invest in.
Alright, now you’ve got the job, your working hard, and your thinking that it isn’t so glamorous. Well, it isn’t. Now you need to look for Acting Gigs, and when I say Gigs, I literally mean gigs. Go for the small roles, go for independent film makers. Step 4 is all about building up your body of work, for little or no pay if need be. Have friends judge your work, and save it. Invest in getting some headshots done for your career.
Now, for step five. You need to shop yourself around to a few talent agencies. Don’t be hurt by rejection, but don’t take the first offer of representation that you receive either. Casting Directors (or their assistants, really, even for television or when looking for small roles in movies, will pay more attention to you if you are represented well. Some may not give you the time of day if you don’t have an agent. And when you have an Agent, give him/her the tools to succeed. Those photos and the best footage from stage four, be prepared to make a small demo reel for individual casting directors if they become interested.
If you have a good Agent, and if you’ve tuned your craft in Stage 4, he should be able to shop you to several jobs at a time. And eventually, land you in one. Do good work here, as this adds to your body of work for future productions. At the end of the day though, don’t give up.
Source by Chris Patrick