How To Become An Actor: The Definitive Guide

So you’ve come to this website because you want to learn how to become an actor, or for the lady readers how to become an actress. Am I right?

Well, you’ve come to the right place, but sit tight, because we’ve got a lot of things to cover. Contrary to what the old movies depict, this isn’t an industry where you’re just going to get discovered in a corner diner in a small town. It doesn’t work like that anymore, and when it did it was rare.

So then what’s the best way to get started in acting, you ask? Take the calculated route withe the highest chance of success. We’ve got you covered, everything you need to know is right here on this page.

How to become an actor, the step-by-step plan.

  • Get professional head shots taken, and keep them up to date. When you apply to acting auditions you want to give the casting director what’s an idea of what to expect on audition day. So don’t submit a head shot where your weight, hair color, length, etc has changed.
  • Take acting classes. Whether they are paid classes or free classes at school, any sort of acting training is better than no acting training. It will also help you to feel more comfortable in front of an audience and or camera.
  • Participate in student films. This is a great way to gain experience and build your acting resume up. It doesn’t matter if you’re not getting paid, keep the long-term goal in mind, to gain experience and land bigger and better jobs every time.
  • Do some extra work. It’s a good idea to do extra work because not only do you gain valuable experience, but you also get a chance to see what it’s like on set, not to mention it’s a great networking opportunity. A lot of connections can be made on set, and those connections can be priceless, even if you didn’t get paid for your extra work.
  • Apply to and attend as many auditions as possible. When you’re first getting started out as an actor or actress the process should be more about quantity than quality because the truth is that most beginners will only book a few jobs out of the dozens of auditions they go on. So don’t get bent out of shape if you’re not chosen for a role, and definitely don’t pass up a role because you feel that it is beneath you.
  • Build up your resume. Learning how to become an actor is just like learning how to get a new job, a strong resume can go far. Continuously be building your resume with new experience, but also lay out your resume in an easy to read way that lets the casting director know exactly what you’re capable of and how you should be cast.

If you really want to know how to become an actor, you need to put in the foot work, just like any other industry, but the above guide will get you started off on the right foot, no matter how long you’ve been acting and how much experience you have.

And if you need auditions to apply to, you know we’ve got em. Just click the links on this website and start submitting yourself.

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9 Comments

  1. i really wanted acting for a long time and i would really appreciate it if u can make my dreams come true…because a lot of people close to me say i cant do it,i really want to prove them wrong and besides i want to fulfill my dream of being an actress

  2. I am 18 years old acting is my life. I am from Jamaica and i always wanted to go to other countries to audition for roles that is giving away. But i can’t its too expensive for me i love acting so much it is my dream and i really need help to full fill that dream

  3. Hi
    I always wanted to be an actor since I was a little boy because I admired the actors which plays villains and wanted to play villain roles myself but that was not possible as I have insufficient funds,so if someone could help fulfill my dreams,I assure you that I’ll owe that person one.

  4. I would like some help in auditioning. I am 14 and would love to take my dream of acting to the next step. I don’t have money, so I can’t really fly anywhere to audition. I need help. I just don’t know how to take it to the next step. Where am I supposed to apply? Please, Please help. Someone! I don’t know what to do. I hope to hear back from someone!

  5. PLEASE give me a chance to follow my dream I don’t want the fame and fortune I just want to fulfill my dream and I want you to be the one who helps me fulfill them!!

  6. I’ve always wanted just a chance in this career. I am very humble. I don’t want it for the money. I want to leave my footprints before I die someday. Please give me a chance at modeling or acting. That’s I ask for. I have no family. It’s just been me for four years now. So I can definitely be committed to this. Thank you for your time.

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