whats a good way to start an acting career after graduating high school?

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  • 1 month ago

    The first step is to get realistic.  Attempting a professional acting career is not what  most people think it is. People are not just "discovered" and given an acting career.  There aren't a bunch of open auditions that anyone can go to. You can't just get an agent and an agent does not run your career, you do.  You're basically starting and running a business where you are the product being marketed and sold.  It is a huge investment of time, effort and money with no guarantee that you'll even get a small part let alone "make it".

    So you need a good product.  That means you need quality acting training and experience.  Not only does it improve your skills, but it's a way to network and make industry connections.  So find some quality acting classes with respected instructors.  Audition for what you can - community theater, student films and the like.  Find out if you really like the work 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're extremely good at it.

    As you get training and experience, research and learn the business end of the industry.  You need to understand the casting process (agents, breakdowns, casting directors); legal issues (contracts, unions, taxes); marketing (head shots, resume, show reel, website, social media) and networking.  Scams and rip offs prey on people who don't understand the realities of the business.  Industry websites like Backstage have helpful articles about the industry. 

    Then figure out if you're really committed to an acting career.  Are you really willing to invest what it takes?  It's fine if you want to bum around for a few years trying various auditions and think "if it happens, it happens".  The thing is, a real acting career doesn't just happen to people.  It requires you to step up and take responsibility.  If you're serious, then you work on setting realistic goals and a plan to reach those goals including things like how you're going to support yourself while you work on your career.  There's no one way to become an actor.  It is an extremely competitive and unstable career, but it can be rewarding for the right people.

    Good luck.

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  • Cogito
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    1 month ago

    If you give it a try, starting with a good acting class and performing with a community theatre, and find that you really love acting – and I mean love it for its own sake, not with any silly notions of ever becoming famous and making loads of money - you have two choices.

    1) You can get a year or so’s acting classes at a good acting school, and act with a good community theatre purely as a hobby and have fun being part of a great bunch of people, set-building, costume making and altering, scenery-painting, working front of house, helping backstage and if you have any talent, you’ll soon start getting small roles. After a while, you may get bigger and better ones and could even try directing. You’d be able to work your ordinary job in the daytime and earn a normal living, have a steady income, your own home maybe, have a family – all the normal things of life.

    2) You can start off the same way, but carry on with the classes while getting the same experience, take singing and dance lessons too, and then try for a place at a really advanced acting school. (In the UK it would have to be a top drama school for three years). Only after several years’ training and loads of leading roles at the theatre and also in student/short/indie films might you be able to get a good agent, who would try to get you some auditions for professional work. But you’d have to accept that you’d probably be like almost all actors, never get more than 5 to 10 days' paid acting work a year, in small roles, in small productions. You’d probably never become well-known. You’d have to forget the idea of a steady home, a family, the same group of friends for more than a month or two. And all the time, you’d have to be working an ‘ordinary’ job for maybe 40 hours a week whenever you could fit it in, ideally working from home, in between auditions, rehearsals, unpaid acting work, workshops, masterclasses, travelling, etc. It’s exhausting, stressful, and often depressing and lonely. But if you have huge talent and really love to act, and consider it’s worth all the hassle, maybe you could deal with it all.

    Give it a lot of thought - but more importantly, find out if you enjoy it!

    Good luck!

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  • keerok
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Work at the studios, start at the bottom.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    By first training as an actor. Unlike in the US, the UK has a much more formalized process by which actors in drama schools feed into professional acting careers, so unless you can get into a school like Julliard in the US, you might consider going to London to go to school and start a career as an actor. It's because the UK has become so good at making actors that you see so many actors in America nowadays come from the UK.

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