Friday, December 24, 2010

Becoming an Actor: An Ongoing Process

By Jill King

Anybody dreaming of becoming an actor must have the patience and the will to become one. The profession calls for hard work and vigor and must be taken seriously. While acting is basically a rewarding career, however, the opportunity for this field is very minimal, hence the competition is stiff.

Should you dream of becoming an actor, first, you must be dedicated and convinced that indeed, you want to become one. If your self-assessment is on the affirmative, you must then look forward to moving to some other place that will give you a better exposure of fulfilling your dream. Your need to acquire experiences in the field of acting wherever possible; New York and Florida are great places, but there are talent agencies in many cities, so do your homework.

It is also equally important to acquire knowledge in the field of acting. Remember that good actors study their entire lives. To achieve this end, you may enroll in an acting class. You can refer to professionals in the field of acting as to the school that offers best in that field.

Ask somebody to take your headshot or model composite. Your headshot is a representation of yourself; hence, it is better to have your headshot taken by a professional. Let your headshot be taken in different poses to give the potential employer an idea of the wide range of appearances and expressions that you can portray.

Build your dreams by composing a resume, which include among others, of your finished tasks. Compose it in a way that you will be able to express yourself fully by informing the reader who you are, what you have done and what can you do. As you acquire more experience, you may eliminate the less professional experience from your resume. This will give a nice picture of what you done so far.

Looking for available opportunities follows after all the aforementioned has been done. In doing so, it is important to let prospective employers know of your presence by sending all casting agents and directors of your resume. In cases when no feedback was received, have the patience to wait and remind them of your constant interest by sending them follow-up letters or postcards as often as needed, or maybe, every four or six months. It will be an advantage if your keep them updated of the projects you currently working on.

Be informed of what is going on around you. Regularly reading trade papers such as "Dramalogue," "Backstage," and "The Ross Reports" would be an advantage. Make an effort to read online publications like Be sensitive to know who are seeking around and let them know of your presence by mailing directors and producers request for audition with your pictures attached.

Accept invitation to social events such parties and other events related to the field. Take the advantage of attending different functions that will give you good exposure. This is a good venue of meeting other people related to your chosen profession. Finally, persevere. Remember that there is no short cut to success. Your effort may not be compensated at once but in the long run, you will be rewarded.

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