Many people change their careers especially when they are young, and some of them just yearn to tread the boards and become an actor. But without attending RADA and no prior acting experience, just how do you begin to start a career in acting?
The lucky ones that have attended drama school may be still in a quandary of what is the next step. The good news is that you can become an actor without prior training or just out of drama school. The key element is that you take the steps that are needed to get the all-important experience. As Zig Ziglar said about acting, you don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.
There are many ways you can begin on a path to becoming an actor, and in this blog, we look at some of them and offer great tips to help you along the way. Firstly, you need to develop a plan on how you are going to achieve your dream.
To begin with, you need to get to know the acting industry, how it works and the important people who play a role in it. Read as much background information as you can, who are the talent agents, and how the acting business plays out to the beginner.
Where you live will also have an impact on how you market yourself and look for routes into the industry. Once you understand the business better it will be easier to draw up a battle plan to suit your circumstances. Read information about how to act, acting techniques and the most important plays.
There is no way of getting around it, you will also have to take acting lessons or join a drama group. Not only will you learn essential skills you will start to network with other people who have the same desires as you. Having friends in the industry is a great help as it can be a long lonely road.
Certain towns and cities have a better reputation for acting and have larger film or television industries. But if you do not live in London, New York or Los Angeles, do not worry. As a budding actor who is just starting out, your own town will probably have enough small productions which are great for getting experience.
The big cities can often be highly competitive and expensive to live in. You are better staying put, saving your money and cutting your teeth on amateur dramatics or small productions. This way you will be getting to know the industry and building up your portfolio.
Do not move to one of the big cities as soon as you have made your mind up to become an actor. Check first if this decision was just an impulse, or if you actually enjoy acting. Try to bite off all the work you can get in your less competitive town and build up your resume. In part two of this blog, we will be dispensing even more great advice how to start a career as an actor.