Acting isn’t your hobby, it’s your passion. You want to succeed more than anything. Well in order for that to happen, you have to remember that creating an acting career is creating a business. It requires the investment of your time, your energy and dedication. Are you ready to give and do what it takes?
If you said yes, then keep reading.
At the New York Acting School for Film and Television, we specialize in taking people with talent and developing them in the ways necessary to succeed in their dreams at any size. One thing we’ve learned, is that in order to get paid and win in this industry, you have to stand out. Let’s talk about how to do this:
You’ve got to become an expert on the acting and entertainment industry. Grab about twenty books on the business of acting, subscribe to some youtube channels, talk to dozens of actors and meet with as many people in the industry as possible (directors, grips, stage managers, producers, agents, editors, etc.). Ask questions, pick their brains and write it all down. Then send them a thank you card, buy them a coffee and show your gratitude.
Interview a working actor who's career is where you’d like to have yours be one day have. Study their career road map well, and the knowledge will save you from unnecessary surprises and disappointments later on.
Be (semi) Realistic. How many actors are out there? This isn't to discourage you, but to bring you into a reality that YOU succeed within, as long as you're seeing clearly. The idea here - the real goal - is to simply act, to fascinate audiences with your ability to bring characters to life, to work among a community of fellow artists, and THEN, there will be little that can stop you. What you NEED most is the right state of mind, your talent, persistence, flexibility and a love for what you do BECAUSE you love it. Success beyond that is a bonus AND is more likely to come, when you are not longer desperate to make it happen.
Get Great Head Shots. Head Shots are your number one advertisement which means it's quality needs to be a priority. So don't go cheap here. I'm not saying you have to spend a fortune on them, but you do need to find a photographer who knows how to bring out your best qualities and features.
Be Properly Trained. Take classes or study at a university with a good drama or performing arts program. If you'd like to get to the film and television industry, go take some classes at a location that specializes in those areas. In addition to acting, take courses in literature, psychology, history and philosophy. Creating a broad liberal arts
Be a Networker. In every industry, networking plays a vital role in progress. Agents and directors work with those actors that they know, like, and trust. So meet everyone and make sure people know you. Earn their respect by always being professional and positive.
Don't let the reputation of networking cause you to feel impersonal and false. You are in charge of your authenticity. Rather, think of it as building a community of people who can support you in your aspirations. And you support them too. Pay it forward. The more advocates you have out there, they more work you’ll be offered.
In the end, one of the best things you can do is be a pleasure to work with. Leave a lasting memory in people's minds of your punctuality, determination and positive mindset. Be a friend and be wise. Be humble and never stop learning. Ever.
For more information, talk to us at the New York Acting School for Film and Television and let us know how we can help you succeed.