Being new to acting comes with a lot of challenges. You have new techniques to learn, movies to research and a career to plan. You don’t have the time to learn the business tips ‘behind the curtain’ - not through trial and error at least. At the New York Acting School for Film and Television, we believe you should have the best shot at success as possible. So we want to share some necessary information and simple tips for acting success as you move further along in the business.
First of all, remember that it is a business. Many talented creatives tend to forget this very important fact and it affects their ability to create success momentum. No matter what kind of performer you are, if you’re looking to get paid, then you’re in a business. This means people will both play dirty and they’ll play by rules and you need to get clear on all of it. Talk to people who’ve been in the business a long time and ask them advice and what they’ve learned over the years.
As a beginning actor, you’re biggest priority is to better your skills. So make sure that you’re expanding your knowledge. Work with a coach and get involved in group classes as well. It’s important that you take advantage of one on one learning opportunities as well as the group experiences as they have different lessons to show you.
Go to casting calls. Go to as many as you can because they hold the biggest weight in your chances of getting work. The hunt for them can feel tedious, but push through it. Once you have had a good amount of call backs and have worked on several jobs, you'll have an impressive résumé that may even get the attention of a talent agent who will then locate work for you.
About talent agents. Keep in mind that in order to get a talent agent, you must already have a fair amount of acting experience and an impressive acting résumé. To get the good looking resume and the experience it demands, you need to locate acting roles on your own by searching out quality and legitimate casting notices, casting calls, and auditions. You can do this by diligently reading the industry trade magazines and by joining casting websites. Established talent agents have well connected relationships with major casting directors, production companies, studios and other industry insiders. It is the agent's job to use these relationships and contacts to find the best parts for their clients. Do a background check on the agents you consider as well. Avoid ones you don’t trust at first instinct, because it’s likely your instincts are on point. Some are honorable and others just want their own gain.
Diligent research, dedicated learning and patience will pay off in the long run. At the New York Acting School, we are here to help you along in your goals with classes, coaching and more! Call us today for more information!