Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Take Your Acting to the Next Level of Success with These Simple Steps!

 Take Your Acting to the Next Level of Success with These Simple Steps!Many actors find themselves ready to commit to acting as more than just a hobby. If this  is you, you want to make sure you are setting yourself up to succeed. 

Most of us know that success doesn't normally come over night, but rather through consistent action and growth. 

Take Your Acting to the Next Level of Success with These Simple Steps!

  • If you are looking to act, you're going to need to get some experience in front of a crowd. Local theatre and school theatre is a good place to start. Take classes on public speaking or get involved with Toastmasters. This is an organization geared to help people learn to speak in front of large groups - an essential skill.
  • Then, get a good set of head shots done. You'll need two different looks for acting head shots. Make sure you work with a professional photographer, skilled in the category of head shots. Please remember to staple your headshot to the back of the headshot, text opposite from the back of the picture.
  • Don't work with anyone that pressures you into utilizing any of the services they may offer in order to be represented.
  • If an agent wants a fee to represent you, turn around and walk out of their office. They will never get you anything that makes it worth your while for what they charge.
  • Once you do get your head shots done, the best route to go is with a union franchised agent. A union franchised talent agent can work with both union and non-union talent. EQUITY is the union that works with TV - Commercials and TV Shows - basically shows in a videotaped format.
  • Beware of agents that don't have real offices. The unions will not franchise anyone who works from home. An agency needs a professional office in order to interview clients. 
Ultimately, please remember, that no matter how difficult it is to get an agent, they work for you, not the other way around. If you are looking for classes, a coach or additional guidance, please contact us at the New York Acting School for Film and Television

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