Career Acting Tips
If you want a career acting, here's some acting tips on how to keep getting acting jobs and snowball your acting career to the top!
CAREER ACTING TIP # 1 - Make your acting job work for you
The phone rings... You got an acting job!
Congratulations! Whether it's on screen or on stage, as you keep getting acting work, make sure to get the most out of each role:
See if other actors in the show are interested in sharing the cost and workload of a mailing with you. If several other actors are interested, you could create a sheet with a downsized version of all your headshots and send it along with the flyer of the show.
CAREER ACTING TIP # 2 - Write it all down
Hit a dead-end in your career?
When you have a career acting, there's bound to be ups and downs. Even the biggest movie stars have to adjust as their age range changes or as their latest film flops. Think of a roadblock in your acting career as an opportunity to try on new hats and discover new horizons. By keeping track of crew members you meet on acting jobs, you could get a lot of help if you decide to produce or direct your own project one day.
When you want a career acting, it's important to keep track of your progress. But don't judge your talent on the amount of acting jobs you get. Instead, look at how many callbacks you've had. This is a much better indicator of your acting ability because you will usually get called back if you give a great acting audition, but you may not get the acting job for any number of random reasons, like looks or chemistry.
OK, now that we've made a list of everything...
CAREER ACTING TIP # 3 - Follow up
A big part of having a career acting is networking. Now that you have a list of all your business contacts in your logbook, keep in touch by updating them each time you get a new acting job or make an important step in your acting career (for example, when you join an actor's union or take a master class with a well-respected acting coach).
While you get your actor postcards printed, consider also getting acting business cards. You can hand out these business cards with your picture on them when you meet industry people in informal settings like a networking party, where you normally wouldn't walk around with your headshot.
CAREER ACTING TIP # 4 - Work with your agent
A good win-win relationship with your agent is a big part of switching from wanting to become an actor to having a real career acting:
CAREER ACTING TIP # 5 - Build an acting reel
Rolling sound... Background... Action!
As your film acting career grows, you will eventually have enough footage to get a film reel. When you're ready, read this step by step information on how to get an acting reel.
CAREER ACTING TIP # 6 - Join the Unions
Choosing a career acting means you'll eventually sign up with at least the 2 main actor unions:
You can also join one union once you have been a member in good standing of another union (as long as you have worked as an actor or 3 days as an extra under that union's jurisdiction).
Becoming a union actor will do a lot for your acting career, but don't rush! The best time to join the unions is when you HAVE TO (when you get a union role). Membership initiation fees are high ($1,100 for AEA, $3,000 for SAG-AFTRA) and you'll need a big paycheck to cover them. More importantly, keep in mind that once you join any of the unions, you are not supposed to audition for non-union acting jobs anymore. Non-union acting roles are a great way to start building your resume at the beginning of your acting career. Once you are in the actor unions, you will compete against much more experienced performers. You want to be ready when that time comes, so resist the temptation of trying to get into the unions by all means!
Got your union card?
Congratulations! It's one of the great milestones of having a career acting. Make sure to update your resume with your new union affiliation.
CAREER ACTING TIP #7 - Move to a Major Entertainment City
If you don't already live in a major city, you may want to consider a move to New York or Los Angeles once you have some strong credits on your resume. Pick New York if your main interest is Broadway acting and Los Angeles if you mainly want to do film and television acting.
CAREER ACTING TIP #8 - Set Acting Career Goals
Here you'll find acting advice on how to develop your acting career after you start getting your first few acting jobs. If you're just starting out and want to become an actor, visit our how to become an actor page first.
Is it lack of quality training?
Is it stage fright?
Is it lack of auditions?
Work on networking, take more casting director workshops, get a website, learn how to use Facebook for actors and other actor marketing techniques, interview publicists...
Hopefully, these tips and acting career information will help your career grow and snowball!
As you get more and more acting jobs, don't forget the most important part of having a career acting...
NEVER STOP WORKING ON YOUR CRAFT.
Acting school should never be over when you're a career actor.
Oh, and one more thing...Have fun!
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