So you’ve done some community theater productions, been an extra on a film shoot, or been booked for a couple of local TV commercials. What now? When does the work you enjoy go from being a fun pastime to a budding acting career?
Aspiring to become a successful actor takes not only drive, but also a thick skin. Right now you may be at the point where your natural acting ability is getting you some attention. But are you prepared to take it to the next level and commit to doing what it takes to make it in the very competitive acting world? If acting is truly your passion and you literally wake up every morning thinking about your next gig, then it’s time to get busy!
Finding ways to constantly enhance your acting skills is what will help set you apart among the many other aspiring actors who will not only be your biggest competitors, but also your closest confidants and mentors. If you’re in need of more training, find the best acting school or improv group near you. If you need to promote yourself, create a CV of your past work and get some great headshots from a photographer. If you need to refine a look that will play up your unique qualities, get to a mall for a new wardrobe or get an eye-catching haircut.
Once you feel you are ready, start attending all the auditions you possibly can. Try to be open-minded with the scripts and roles you read for, knowing that the smallest parts can lead to bigger opportunities. Be ready for rejections and listen closely to any feedback casting directors give you. And network, network, network! The relationships you build in this business will often further your career in unexpected ways.
Going from a small-town star to a world-renowned figure is no easy road for an actor. However, it is possible to do once you make the transition from just occasionally doing what you love to living what you dream every day. Are you ready?