If you've never tried to act, you haven't decided you want to become an actor. The reality of acting and pursuing it is VERY different from what people usually imagine and you're more interested in what you THINK it's like. In the fantasy. You need to be passionate about the CRAFT of acting, every aspect of it.
So your first step is to get realistic. There isn't one single way to getting into it, but there are some things that are a must. But before all of that, before you spend tons of money, work, and time and make sacrifices, I suggest that you get into some acting classes, something low-key just to get a sense of it. Find out A)what acting really is, B)if you're even good at it, C)if you're even capable of pursuing it on a professional level. In addition, research the business side. Find out about the realities of it. There's a very good chance it's not for you at all, it's not for most people.
If you realize that it is something you'd like to pursue seriously, as a goal, then start working toward it. Spend the next 7-10 years building a strong resume. No legit agent will even consider taking you on without it. And without an agent you will not be able to go to auditions for professional productions - those are not open to the general public. No one hires or auditions amateurs or beginners, only highly-trained and highly-experienced talented people. Your resume should include training in the form of a top-quality acting school (where well-known and respected acting teachers teach and successful actors graduated from, not just any acting classes), workshops, etc. In addition, plenty of low-level experience in the form of student and indie films, as well as youth and/or community theater. Constantly land leading roles. Win some awards for your acting. In addition, take vocal and dancing lessons as well as other skills you can master and then add to your resume to give it a boost (for example: horseback riding, martial arts, acrobatics, dialects, etc.).
Once you've got all of that under your belt, make more sacrifices. Move to LA if you live somewhere else and continue getting experience and training. You'll also need a day job because LA is an expensive city and acting doesn't pay the bills. That job needs to be flexible enough for you to take off in the middle of the day to go to auditions, rehearsals, readings, (more) acting classes and (more) dancing and vocal lessons, etc. So while you pursue acting train for a stable job as well. There's no point in moving before you're ready, you'll just go broke and head back home.
Then and only then(!) legit agents will be willing to consider you, probably through a referral from someone you've worked with and impressed (like a director, a producer, an acting teacher, or even a fellow actor). That's how you usually get an agent, which means that in addition to everything else you'd also need to network and make connections. You'd need to learn this business side. That's what it is, after all - show BUSINESS. No one's in this to make your dreams come true, they're in this to make money. They also invest a ton of money and agents make money when you book a job, so they're all looking for people who know what they're doing, not people with dreams.
· 4 months ago