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Getting You First Big Break in Acting; Getting Started
Acting - Getting Started
Acting is a very competitive field of work. Get a mind-set of: "Make-it-so" and use it always. Your first role is "You" as as a persistent actor who stops at nothing. There is no one sure shot formula to make it big in the acting industry. What one needs is a fair amount of luck along with connections and a will to stick it out till the end and of course, most importantly, talent.
Try and take part in as many such productions as you can. Even small town local theaters would do. This will provide you with the very essential practice as well as confidence. Also, it is of utmost importance not to lose heart. Remember that many great actors were spotted by agents and casting directors in such amateurish productions in small town theater halls.
Colleges have their own productions. You can participate in such a student production in your college or school. Also film schools require their students make a number of films and the student directors are always on the lookout for amateurs who can act well. The pay will be minimal. However, it will add to your resume. Even if the film is bad, your acting skills will show through. Always keep tapes of such acting exercises, so to speak.
Being cast as an extra has its plus points too. Films being shot on location need extras. Participating as an extra will give you valuable experience—you can actually see how a film is actually made. Also, it might just help you make the right connections. With real contacts with casting directors from the film industry you will go a long way.
Independent film makers work on shoe-string budgets. They can not afford big names from the glamorous acting world. They might be on the look out for new faces with fresh talent. Keep a look out for such films—they are the best bet for an actor who is just starting out. They might go a long way in establishing your career as often such films meet with huge popular and/or critical success.
Through the ways mentioned above you can gain a considerable experience which can make your resume look really attractive and weighty. With a suitable portfolio you can get yourself an agent. This agent then takes over and finds films suitable for you.
He or she is better suited for this job of film hunting that you because of the agent’s prior experience as well as contacts. But above all be positive. Becoming a popular actor is extremely difficult and can be achieved only through the dint of hard work. You are bound to meet with failures, disappointments and frustrating episodes.
Only perseverance can bring success.
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