Have you ever wondered what it means to 'progress in your career' as an actor? I mean, what's "normal" anyway? The truth is, there's really no standard there. Some actors will spend their whole career moving from one acting contract to another, performing similar work without gaining any extra responsibility or even a significant pay increase. Many people also feel that once they succeed in one contract, that it will inevitably lead to more work; but that just isn't always the case. You may find yourself moving between theatre, radio, television and film for quite a while. The secret is, to be prepared for the ups and downs and the lack of security which is inherent in the profession. At the New York Acting School for Film and Television, we understand you want to succeed and want to help you on that path.
What's really needed is to redefine 'career progression' in your mind. It may take the form of learning new skills and specializing in these or in branching out into different areas of performance. You may be presented with opportunities to move into other aspects of the work, such as theatre or company management, scriptwriting or even directing. Options are everywhere, when you are open to them and they are even more likely in smaller companies, where these skills can be combined with acting. Some actors may even be inspired to set up their own theatre or film/television production companies.
No matter the path each actor takes, most spend time in other types of jobs and end up building up a range of transferable skills, which usually do lead into more opportunities with related careers, such as acting coaching, teaching, lecturing and even training.
You have options. Don't simply judge your career progression on pay rate and bigger roles. You may be deepening your skills and and broadening your options in more subtle ways. At the New York Acting School for Film and Television, that is our goal. We want to equip you with the tools you need to succeed both in the short and long term. Contact us today to find out more.
About Me: Mark West, head of the Acting School for Film and TV, also teaches "Acting For Film and Television" at The New School in New York City. Add my Google profile to your circles.