This post is meant as a part two, to part one, which is “How to Get Started In Acting.” In that post, we discussed an effort to get started where you are. In other words, you don’t need to pick up and move, or get representation to get started, just look for local opportunities. But sometimes when someone asks how to get started in acting, what they are really asking, is how to get representation and start working as an actor.
That’s a really good question, and needs some exploration. If that is what you find yourself asking, hopefully you have already been participating in your local non-professional acting opportunities. If so, then here are some things that you might want to think about. Take a look at the following list, and see if you can answer “yes” to these questions:
- Do you have the type of schedule that permits doing auditions at the spur of the moment; dropping everything and leaving to do a commercial or a shoot for a week or more?
- Are you an immensely flexible person? Are you fine with waking up with a to-do list, only to receive a phone call for an audition that changes the path of your entire day?
- Are you extremely punctual and well-organized?
- Have you taken advantage of your local opportunities and landed leading roles and won or placed in almost every contest you have entered?
- Have you received positive feedback from all of those who work with you? (Please don’t consider friends and family opinions for positive feedback)
- Have you taken “On Camera” acting classes and been trained in exactly what to do in a professional audition situation in front of a camera or casting director?
- Are you readily available during the weekday at any time during what could be considered school or normal work hours? (auditions don’t usually occur on the weekend)
- Do you realize that once you get representation, that they are committed to you working and you need to be committed and be available for them for opportunities that they find?
- Are you ready to consider that even with tons of “non-professional” acting experience on your resume you will be starting from “scratch” in the business?
- Do you get along well with lots of different types of personalities?
- Do you handle rejection well? Do you find rejection a challenge and NOT take it personally?
- Do you have reliable transportation and are you willing to travel at a moment’s notice?
- Are you pursuing this because you enjoy the process and not because you want to become “famous?”
If there are all things you feel that you have considered and can answer yes to, then it could be time to find representation and move forward into a career. Give it some thought.
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