If you’re thinking of taking up a career in acting, it’s important to know the steps involved to make sure you succeed with confidence. At the New York Acting School of Film and Television, we strive to take every step to supporting your development and are happy to share these helpful tips with you!
Although you don’t need formal training to become an actor or actress, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has reported that most industry professionals prefer to hire individuals with quality training and active experience. Formal acting schools and college degree programs allow students to expand their skills in various acting fields, including impromptu acting, sketch comedy, voiceover work and musical theater, while building their portfolios and allowing them to connect with other actors as well.
Success Tip: Get involved in independent productions. Being involved on a smaller scale will boost your resume and help you to gain experience on stage or in front of a camera. Make sure you keep copies of the recordings of these performances to show potential directors when auditioning for a role.
Actors need to acquire as much experience as possible, in order to improve their skills and gain more recognition. Options can include, independent projects, open mic, improv nights, community and college theater productions. Performing in other public settings, such as night clubs, dinner theaters or theme parks, can also help beginners get real world experience and help them become comfortable in front of an audience, the performance and the ability to stay focused in chaos.
Bonus Tip: Hire an acting coach. Many actors choose to bring on the help of an acting coach, who is more experienced than they are and are there to better prepare you for your path. An good acting coach also helps you prepare for roles and find auditions, while teaching you tricks of the trade.
Once your skills are expanded and you have history on your resume, having an agent can make working as an actor easier. Agents complete most of the business-related tasks involved with acting, such as mailing out resumes, scheduling audition appointments and negotiating contracts. Having an agent completing these administrative tasks provides actors with more time to practice their skills. The majority of agents also have connections with casting directors, which means they can more easily connect clients with regular acting roles. But be wary as not all agents are equal or honest. Lookup on their backgrounds and history to see about their integrity and connections.
You have the potential to create whatever you want in the field of acting, but you need to follow the steps and stick to the course. For any questions or more direction, please contact us at the New York Acting School for Film and Television!