How to become a Successful Actor, a guide to your future in acting.
Being an actor is allot like learning to drive a car. You can watch videos and study books for months but there is nothing that can prepare you for the real thing like getting behind the wheel and hitting the open road. Now that I mangled that metaphor lets get to the important things you need to know to become a successful actor. I want to say upfront, these 5 steps take allot of time, effort and planing to make sure you become that actor you want to be. So lets dive in. My goal was to learn acting in Orlando Florida since that is where I am located.
5 Steps to becoming a Successful Actor
- Choose what field of acting is your passion. Do you want to be a Screen Actor, Commercial Actor, Stage Actor, Youtube Influncer or maybe something else.
- Find a successful Acting Coach. Your acting coach can be the difference between you doing local productions or feature films.
- Get your headshots done. Your headshot is the leading part of your “Business Card”. Making the right choice is one of the most important decisions you can make.
- Get Representation. Do you want an agent, manager, publicist or maybe a marketing manager.
- Get yourself listed on all the different acting websites. This is where you can really shine.
Now lets review each step in more detail.
5 Steps to becoming a Successful Actor step 1. Choose what field of acting you want
This is the planing stage of your future in acting. It is important that you understand what it takes to be successful in each different genre. While acting in general all encompass many of the same talents, there are different and distinct differences that will require different acting skills. At this stage you will also notice that there will most likely be differences in the amount of time you are going to have to devote to your acting career.
Choosing your genre of acting
Lets say you want to follow the path of acting for TV. You will need to find yourself a successful acting coach who can teach you how to best present yourself in both in person and on taped auditions. They will teach you the art of how to present yourself on camera, what “eye lines” to use, how to frame your self tape, lighting, sound and more. They will go over how to approach a casting session, how to do a slate and much more. All of this is something you need to be a successful actor. There is an Orlando Acting Studio that teaches acting using every sense you have so you become immersed in the character.
Maybe you want to a stage actor. This will not only require your ability to convince a live audience but you will also have to find yourself a singing coach and a dance coach. You will have to learn how to use your body in your performance. Stage presence needs not only to be felt in the front row but all the way to the back of the theater.
Being a You tuber or a social influencer encompasses both the skills to be an on screen actor and many of the talents of a stage actor (maybe not the singing and dancing but showing presence is the same).
5 Steps to becoming a Successful Actor step 2. Find a successful Acting Coach.
This is an extremely important part of the success of your acting career. Finding the right coach and mean the difference between being in production in your local theater to being recognized by your friends by strangers while you are walking down the street. It is important that you find an instructor that can take your acting to the next level. That means not just learning how to say lines but how to become the character you are playing. Having tracked and studied the quality of actors that come out of different programs, I have seen that coaching means everything. You want to do your research on the acting program, who the coaches are and where their students end up.
Choosing an acting coach
An acting coach needs to be able to teach you how to make you believe that you are that character. Not only do you have to learn to become that character but you have to do this all while sticking to a script. So that means you don’t just read the script. You need to be able to see what was happening before your scene, even if it is the first scene. You need to be able to know how to silently present the scene even though there are words. This only happens when you have proper training. There is a Orlando Acting Class that in my opinion is second to none. I have tracked some of their talented students and found that several of them have gone on to do feature films, TV series, Commercials and more. BookFromTape.com offers training from successful working acting coaches who know what is needed to advance you to the level you need to be to compete in the Screen and Stage market. So don’t be affraid to ask questions when you are choosing a coach. Make sure they understand where you want to go with your acting future.
5 Steps to becoming a Successful Actor step 3. Get your headshots done.
Your headshots are often the first thing an Agent, Manager, Casting Director, Director… will see. So make sure you put your best foot so to speak forward. Make sure that headshot is truly representative of the type of character you want to portray. If you want to be a nerd you may want to put on a pair of oversized glasses and have your hair more slicked down. If you wanted to play a villain you may want to dress in darker cloths with more shadows in the image (your headshot must be clear and easy to see your entire face son no shadows that obscure your face). You get the point. Imagine you were looking to meet someone on a dating site. You would want someone to post their picture dressed up in a Halloween costume. Nor would you want them to post their picture from 10 years ago. You want to see a picture of what the person looks like today. You want your headshot to really show off your features. Something that really makes the eyes stand out is usually a great start.
Often times your acting coach will be able to direct you to a photographer who specializes in headshots for Acting. Many of these photographers will be familiar with the Agents, Managers… in the area and know what style headshots they would like to see. These range from Theatrical, commercial to Stage and more. No matter who you choose to do your headshots, TAKE IT SERIOUSLY.
5 Steps to becoming a Successful Actor step 4. Get Representation.
Representation in acting can take different forms. There are distinct advantages to both Agents and Managers. An Agent must be licensed by the state. This involves a lengthy process including background checks, bonds, and the ability to negotiate on behalf of their client. A Manager does not require a
license and cannot negotiate on your behalf (yet they can help you understand negotiations). An Agent will submit and promote you for different projects most times using their reputation to help get you more auditions. Managers will advise you on aspects such as headshots, reels, acting classes, social media and more. They will help get you auditions but once you have the audition their job is over.
The biggest difference is that managers offer career guidance and help you find an agent (and some do get you auditions) whereas agents do the actual contracts and negotiations on your behalf. Both can be invaluable. Having an understanding about what each one does will help you decide what works best for you.
5 Steps to becoming a Successful Actor step 5.
Get your face out there on your own. It is great to have an Agent or a Manager or someone to help push your career along but it is not the only way to get involved. There are many sites that post jobs that you can apply for right online. Sites like ActorsAccess, Front Runner Casting and BackStage all post jobs that are available at any time. If it is posted you can apply. Many people start their career without an agent or manager and just post on these online websites. Many times these jobs can be low paying or no pay but even these listings are giving you experience that you can present to an agent or manager to get representation.
Acting no matter what type you want to pursue requires persistence and training. You have to look at it like any other profession. If you wanted to be a baseball picture, you wouldn’t expect that you would just walk out onto the pictures mound and throw a 90 mile an hour fastball. You would need a coach, you would need to practice and you would need consistency. Actors don’t take time off, even when they are not performing they are working at being better at acting.
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