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Hi there, peeps, I wanted to share with you my top 10 tips on getting into acting. I have never done any professional acting work, but I have done a few courses and read a few books and I learnt a lot.
1. Make sure you definitely want to get into acting.
Acting is one of the hardest jobs and it takes a lot of time and money to get into the industry. Knowing that it’s what you want to do when you are young will help you achieve your goals easily and quickly.
2. Be enthusiastic.
Enthusiasm will make the learning process a lot easier. If you decide to do acting at college or school or even an acting school, it’s always best to be happy with what you are, otherwise you will be stuck in a boring lesson that you don’t care about and you start to think why am I here. That’s why it’s always best to be enthusiastic about the subject before applying.
Do some research before you get into acting to make sure it’s the right choice for you. You will learn a lot about the industry you are getting into and what other people think about it. A lot of actors write and talk about there experiences and what they think about the industry and you will be surprised that a lot of A-list actors actually hate the industry and would prefer to other things. It’s always a good idea to research college courses and university courses to see what entry requirements they have.
4. Study the art.
This is basically the same as research, but studying the art requires you to look more in depth of what is required to get into the business. What skills and talents you must have and what qualifications you need. Also study the different methods of acting and different departments of the industry for example: stage, film & TV, comedy.
5. Get the qualifications.
Qualifications are good for any career, but acting requires a lot more. You would be surprised on what you will need to know before acting. English is the most important. A good knowledge of Shakespeare is a must. Most universities will want you to study a Shakespeare play and it may even be your exam piece. Obviously you will need some sort of acting qualification; this could be drama studies in sixth form, performing arts in college or a level 3 acting courses. This will help you to get into university, but your university degree will determine whether you are qualified and experienced enough for the industry.
6. Get the support.
This is something I didn’t have. No one supported me when I wanted to get into acting, which is one of the reasons why I’m not doing acting now. If there is somebody in your life who thinks that acting is a stupid career and it won’t get you anywhere, then don’t listen to them. Hang out with the people who support you the most. You can do what you want in your life; don’t let other people make the decisions for you.
7. Do extra training.
Practice makes perfect. Do extra training courses. This is what I did. Join a theatre group or a community theatre group, take after school classes for acting or even voice classes.
8. Prepare for rejection.
The performing industry brings a lot of rejection. The first rejection you may come across is your college application. This is not the end. There are always other colleges or even drama schools you can apply for. A lot of talented A-list actors still get rejected when they go for an audition. Rejection is just part of the industry and you will never go through your career without it. The main thing is that you don’t let it bother you and you carry on reaching your goals.
9. Start small.
Starting small can be a good way to get into the industry without any experience or training. Becoming an background extra is the first thing then you can go onto becoming a walk in with one line then onto two lines and then you may become a regular walk on. From there on you are already becoming an actor by just appearing on screen with one line.
10. And lastly, have fun.
Acting may be hard but it can also be fun. Enjoy learning and experiencing new things while on the crazy journey towards your acting career.
Thank you for reading this, and I hope it helps you.