It is EXTREMELY challenging to attempt a professional acting career. People invest a lot of money in their productions and they trust that investment to trained and experienced professional actors. There are not a bunch of open audition you an go to in the hopes of being discovered or something. For most...
Best answer: It is EXTREMELY challenging to attempt a professional acting career. People invest a lot of money in their productions and they trust that investment to trained and experienced professional actors. There are not a bunch of open audition you an go to in the hopes of being discovered or something. For most professional work you have to be invited to audition, usually through an agent. And you can't just hire an agent, it's more like they choose you. And there are a lot more people who want to be actors then there are roles. For example, there are currently over 100,000 professional, union actors just in LA. There are tens of thousands more across the rest of the country and thousand more internationally established actors. That's not counting the hundreds of thousand wannabe actors who haven't reached the professional level yet. And every acting job is temporary. Getting one acting job does not guarantee you'll get another acting job any time soon. There are one-hit-wonders in acting just like other industries.
So it's not enough to just be talented and get quality training and experience - it's show BUSINESS. People are in it to make money, not make your dreams come true. You'll need to understand the business end of things - contracts, unions, taxes, marketing and networking. You're basically starting and running your own business where you are the product to be marketed and sold. So we're talking a huge investment of time, effort and money with no guarantee that you'll ever get a main role let along "make it".
What has to be done to achieve your goal depends on what your goal is. If you're hoping for fame, money, attention, to escape a boring life or something like that - then you'll be disappointed. The chances of that are extremely tiny. Most professional actors don't support themselves by acting alone, let alone make it big. If you're passionate about the craft of acting and love the process and would want to do the work even if you never made it big - then you start by getting quality training and experience. Make sure you are love the craft of acting (auditioning, analyzing a script, building a character, memorizing lines and blocking, taking direction, rehearsing, working with a cast and crew as well as performing). And make sure you are exceptionally good at it. Then research the business end so you understand how that works and don't expect someone else to do that for you. This would be YOUR career and you'd need to take responsibility for it. And finally, know yourself well enough to set realistic goals and come up with a plan to work toward them.
There's no one way to become an actor. There's no set of steps to go through to be an actor. There are no guarantees that if you work hard you'll reach your goal. So if that's what you're looking for then maybe an acting career isn't for you. That doesn't mean you can't try acting even if you're not going to attempt a career. It's a lot of fun, a great way to meet people and learn life skills.
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