how to get into acting ?

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  • 4 weeks ago

    First take on a few (acting) classes,then u can get into the hard stuff

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    By working hard and being realistic.

    First, make sure this is the right move for you. Learn and understand (and accept) the realities of acting and pursuing it. The reality is VERY different from what people usually imagine and you might be more interested in the fantasy of what you THINK it's like. You might be more interested in fame, money, and fans, which is not the reality for 99% of professional actors 99% of the time. Understand that you can't just move to LA and start going to auditions in the hopes of landing a role, that's only true in the movies. And that no one's just discovered and handed an acting career. Also understand that 99% of professional actors don't get more than a few minor speaking or non-speaking roles, on minor productions including things no one's ever heard of, their entire career. Let alone become famous or even make enough money to pay the bills. The fast majority hold and will always hold an ordinary day job so they can pay the bills. And they work at it while also going to auditions, rehearsals, filming, reading, classes, etc., so they basically hold (at least) 2 jobs, if they're lucky. Therefore, the reality is most of the time actors are exhausted, live in a small apartment, starving for food, lonely and far away from home. They're constantly judged and more often than not rejected. They make big sacrifices in their lives with no guarantees it'll ever pay off. The reality is acting is not glamorous. Actors are people who chose to take this difficult route because they NEED to ACT.

    You may be aware of that. But I'm going to assume you're not, given that you're asking this question. What I'm saying is, first make sure you get into acting because you NEED to ACT. Even if it's "just" in theater. Even if you will never make a living off of it or become famous. Take this route because you have the passion for the CRAFT itself. Make sure you have a thick skin, the resilience and the determination. That you're physically AND mentally healthy. Make sure you have the money to invest just to try. Make sure you're willing to make some sacrifices.

    If this doesn't sound like you, acting as a professional career may not be for you. If it is, in addition to the above, before you make sacrifices and invest time and money, I suggest that you find out if it's even worth it. If you've never attended any acting classes, get into some local classes, something low-key just to get a sense of it. Find out what acting really is. Listen to the feedback. See if you're even good at it. See if you enjoy the process, every aspect of it. See if you can commit to many years of it. Also, and just as important, research all about the business side of acting. That's what it is after all - show BUSINESS. Understand that. That it's not about you. No one's in this to make your dreams come true. Backstage . com has some helpful information for you to start off with.

    If after that you find that you are good at it and it is worth pursuing, at this point you'll need to start building a resume strong enough to impress potential agents. You can't just go to auditions for professional work, you need to be invited through you agent. And agents don't take on beginners or amateurs, only highly-experienced and highly-trained talented people. So you'll need to prove that you're it. That resume of yours 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 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.). It takes about a decade to build that kind of resume. No legit agent will even consider you without it. If you find an "agent" who will - run, they're not legit.

    Once you've got all of that under your belt, you will need to relocate to (the very expensive) LA or (if you're more interested in theater) NYC, where you will continue getting training and experience. You will need a well-paid yet flexible job once you land, one which will allow you to walk out in the middle of the day to go to auditions, filming, rehearsals, readings, classes, etc. At the same time, you will need to network and make connections. That's how you get an agent, other ways (like cold querying and getting spotted at a showcase) rarely happen. At some point someone you've worked with and impressed (like a director, a producer, an acting teacher or even a fellow actor) might be willing to refer you to an agent. IF the agent signs you, you will be able to start going to real auditions and (hopefully) land roles.

    Good luck!

  • Cogito
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    It takes, on average, seven years of training at good acting schools and of experience before you'd stand a chance of getting signed by a good agency and getting any auditions.  And that's only if you're extremely talented and very lucky.

    The first move would be to join a good acting school at beginners' level and slowly work your way up through intermediate and then advanced classes.You should also join a reputable youth theatre or community theatre to get some experience.Acting is great fun as a hobby, but if you're thinking of it as a career, that's very unlikely to happen and almost certainly nothing like you imagine.

  • 1 month ago

    Be a model and hope you get a spot as a porn star.

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  • 1 month ago

    Acting classes are a good way to start.  Check out what’s offered locally.  You can audition for things like school plays or community theater.  They often have open auditions and offer an opportunity to try out acting.

  • 1 month ago

    Get involved at school

  • 1 month ago

    you cant. ..........................................

  • 1 month ago

    First go to a sporting goods store and buy some knee pads. You'll be using them a lot , and even then, the odds are against you. Good luck.

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