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Things An Aspiring Actor Should Know Early In Their Career

1. Understand your “type”

In school one learns how to play any role—to stretch, to challenge, to grow, to learn, to adapt.Out in the real world, it’s very important to have a clear sense of what is their strength when one walks into a room to audition for a role.

This takes a lot of hard -work, soul-searching, and asking friends, teachers, agents, and casting directors to give one some hard opinions about their type, and their headshot should reflect that person. One may very well be capable of playing many other kinds of roles, but one doesn’t get them unless they first get the jobs they’re right for.

2. Initial years are very important

Acting is not for the faint of heart. It takes a lot of hard work, sacrifices, dedication, devotion and belief in yourself to even feel like you’ve got a hold of the bottom rung of the ladder.

It is very important to be patient and wait for the right opportunity for you to turn your skills to work.

Sometimes there can be a lot of  disappointment but do not give up on your passion.

3. Work on it everyday

If one wants to get through the first difficult years, one has to work at it every day. If one leaves it to chance, they’ll always be able to convince themselves that they have time to do those mailings, make those calls, and read those trades “soon.”

One has to start by scheduling at least an hour every day that they’re working on developing their network and scheduling their plans.

Any day that you’ve done at least one thing for your career is a good day. This includes auditioning, doing mailings, etc., but it also includes working out, eating healthy, seeing plays, movies, new TV shows, etc. Your job is to learn the business. It’s “learnable,” but you do have to learn it.

4. Agents, casting directors, producers, and directors are here to help

Yes, the whole manager, agent, casting director system is set up so that many, many people have vetted you before you get in front of the person who will actually decide to hire you: the director, producer, or both. Remember it is always important that you nail it in the audition, then everyone in that system looks good.

The director will trust the casting director to present new talent. The casting director will trust your agent to pitch new actors. Your agent will look to the school where you trained for new talent next year. There is truly nothing more exciting in an audition room than when someone you’ve never met before comes in and knocks it out of the park. Your job is to be that person. It takes a while to really believe this, and keep reminding yourself.
 Also it takes some time to practice all these things.

5. Being a good person is just as important as being a good actor.

At a certain level, any one who has auditioned for the part could do a good job in the role. It takes time to build a reputation. The way you do that is by treating everyone with respect and trying your best to do good work.

It takes persistence to have a life in this business. If you really are going to spend your life as an actor, then the fact that the first year or two was hard is a drop in the bucket.

Be on time. Be professional. Be thankful.

To learn the fine art of acting, explore the Film Acting programs offered at Annapurna College.

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