Basics of Debuting as an Actor
(Posted On: 06-07-2015)
Having a headshot that isn’t professional, it just automatically shows casting directors, directors and producers that you’re not serious about acting. One of the first things you’ll need is a headshot. This is not the place to skimp and be cheap because this is your calling card. If you submit an awful headshot, 99% of the time it’ll be filed away in the trash can.
Seriously, your headshot needs to be shot by a professional and needs to look like you. I can’t count how many times my casting director has told debutants that they’ve called in an actor for an audition and they either look 10 years older in person or their headshot was so photo-shopped that they had to do a double take. Your headshot must look like you, not what you want to look like. You should see perfect headshot… think I want to look like that?
Make an Acting Resume
The Important thing you’ll need is an acting resume.
This isn’t like a resume you’d give to someone when you’re applying for a “normal” job. An acting resume is totally different.
Everyone starts somewhere. You can easily fix that! Audition for small roles at your local areas, Dinner theatre or join the cast of the Institute/Friends production. If you’re in Training school then get prepared a show reel. All of these things can be listed on your resume. You can even list any acting classes you’ve taken.
If there isn’t a role for you in the upcoming show, ask if you can help out. Theatres always need a good, responsible volunteer. This will get you in with the theatre community and will make it tons easier when you actually do audition. They’ll already know you so it’ll be easier for them to take a chance on you!
Learn Your Craft – Improve Your Acting Skills
Take a class!
I’m sure there is some kind of acting institutions or acting workshops near you.
If you’re still in school/college, try and find a summer acting camp. Usually, these are all day workshops that take place Monday-Friday. You’ll learn tons and walk away a much better actor. Plus, these are great places to meet people who are into the same things as you!
Start Your Own Play Reading Group
Get a couple of friends together once every couple of weeks and read a play or Script. Give yourself the lead role! Many big actors do the same, what they told us: “Just invite friends over to read a play or script. Like, me and my friends do that a lot and it just… it promotes that energy and that energy only builds, but you have to get the… you have to start the engine. You know?” it’s is yours.
Acting is a Business
You have to treat acting as a business because that’s what it is, a business.
When you’re called in for an audition, be prepared. Know your scene, monologue or your song. Go with your headshot and resume (stapled together!). Be professional. You might only have one shot with that casting / director. Make it the best and show them you have the goods to deliver!
Casting directors, directors and anyone who can hire you want to know that you are the answer to their casting “problem”. They need you and they want you to be great! They are rooting for you.
Keep up with what is happening in the entertainment industry
Don’t go into this blind. Nothing irritates us more than meeting an actor who doesn’t watch TV, films or isn’t up to date on what is going on in film, TV or theatre. This is your job! Be up to date.
Becoming a working actor won’t happen overnight
Some people get lucky right off the bat. Some don’t… it could take them years. But, if you work hard, it’ll happen. If you’re prepared, it’ll definitely happen.
Trust us do your best – all the best
Audition Adda Team.