How to star on a disney channel show?

Don't laugh please...I really want to know. I know you have to get an agent and audition, but I was wondering if there's something you could do to make yourself stand out? Something to up my chances? Tips, advice, etc welcome:) 10 points best answer! Thanks

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  • 8 years ago
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    Understand that professional acting - like being on Disney - is a business. You're not going to be "discovered" or anything like that. It's more like starting a company and you are the product you have to be marketed and sold. So you need a good product (talent, training, experience) but you also have to understand the business end of things. And as a minor, your parents HAVE to be involved. It's a huge investment of time, effort and money for you AND your parents with no guarantee of a return on that investment. So - fame, popularity, money, attention - REALLY BAD reasons for wanting to try for an acting career because chances are it's just not going to happen.

    But if you love acting, you can have fun learning and growing as an actor. Some options you have:

    * Taking acting classes. Voice and dance lessons can be helpful too. You'll want a school/program that has a strong reputation with well-respected instructors.

    * Audition for what you can - school plays, community theater, student films, local productions. Performing with a choir or a dance troupe or other performance group is also helpful. Contact local film schools and ask how they find actors for student films and check those resources. Check out the websites for your local film commission and see what opportunties are there.

    * Read plays and scripts - all kinds - and keep an eye out for characters and monologues you love and want to develop.

    * Read books and websites about acting - the craft/technique and the business end of things too.

    * Join Speech/Drama club and look into competing in the acting divisions of forensic competitions.

    * Get together with friends and play improv games, make your own home movies or web series, put on your own productions.

    * Keep up your grades in school. Embrace learning, you never know when you can somehow use that information later.

    Then you and your parents can research the business end of things. You'll need to understand the entire casting process, who the players are and what they do (and don't do). You'll need to understand industry contracts, actor unions, the legal restrictions for minors (you need an entertainment work permit and a trust account established in your name to legally work for Disney). You'll need to know how to market you and your skills. You'll need to network and make connections in the industry. Some websites with helpful information for you and your parents:

    http://www.bizparentz.org/thebizness/disneyauditio...

    http://www.backstage.com/topics/kids/

    http://youngperformers.sagaftra.org/files/youngper...

    Once you AND your parents are ready, you can look into getting a talent agent. Agents are paid on commission, getting a percentage of what their clients make. (NEVER pay an agent up front.) Since they are paid only if their clients are paid, they are picky about who they take on as clients. And they can be picky because there are a lot more people wanting to be actors than there are roles. So you can't just go out and hire an agent, it's more like they choose you.

    The best way to get an agent is through networking. Maybe you impress an acting teacher or director you've worked with enough that they would be willing to refer you to a talent agent. Acting schools/programs with a strong reputation can attract talent agents to their showcases and you could get an agent that way. (Just be careful of "pay to play" scams.) Otherwise, you can submit your head shot and resume to several agencies. If they're interested in you, they'll contact you about an audition/interview. If you don't hear anything back, they're not intersted at this time.

    So to up your chances of being a star on the Disney channel, you (and your parents) need to take a professional acting career seriously.

    Good luck.

  • 8 years ago

    believe that you will.

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