I need acting advice

by Emelie

QUESTION:

I am a foreign student in England studying a performing arts degree in university. I want to become a movie actress and since there are less auditions in my country, I was thinking to stay in England after graduation and work on my British accent and try to go to auditions here. But, I am confused if I should learn British accent and go to auditions in England or if I should learn how to speak with an American accent and then go to USA and go to auditions there(I think it will be easier for me to learn American accent)? I want to be in Hollywood movies but I have no idea how to get there and I know it is not easy. I am willing to get smaller roles on TV as a starting point and then some roles in movies. I am so confused and I hope you can help me with this. What do you think I should do? any advice? :)

ANSWER:

If you're in a good university in London, you will leave school with connections in the industry - your classmates, former teachers who may be working professionals themselves, and agents & casting directors who attended your showcase or that you met through workshops and internships. You would have to start all over building these relationships and learning how the business works if you moved here, not to mention it is difficult to get a visa.

If you are going to a good acting school, you should be taking accent elimination classes and learning both how to do a standard British and a standard American accent. To work in England, you should also learn to do different regional English accents.

There are plenty of Hollywood movie actors who started in England (Ralph Fiennes, Catherine Zeta-Jones, etc.) London has some of the best acting schools and although there may be less film productions than in America, my guess is there is less competition too. Even getting a small TV role here is no small task if you don't have any screen credits.

It's hard everywhere, of course, but probably easier if you try to work in the town you went to acting university in, so at least you have these connections to start with.

Good luck!

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please help me :)
by: Anonymous

Hey!

I have a similar issue and it would be great if you could help me. I am from Sweden and I have a performing arts degree here in England but I don't know if it`s best to go to auditions in England(I currently live here) or is it best to move back to Sweden and start my career there? The problem if I stay in England is that I would be typecast as a foreigner because I don't have a british or American accent. And the majority of auditions requires a british accent. The problem if I move to Sweden is that Sweden don't make a lot of movies, tv shows etc. The business is very small. Do you think it`s best to stay in England(London)? or there`s more chance for me if I move to Sweden and build my career there? I only have a few stage experience but no screen acting experience.

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by: Emelie

Thanks for your answer! Sadly I do not think I will get any contacts from my university so I have to try myself. If I stay in England I need to learn British standard accent. Once I learned speaking with a British accent and finished university should I try to go to as many auditions for tv and movies? I mean if I wanna be a movie actress then there is no point to do any theatre stuff on stage (even if it might be good to write in the cv)? :)

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I think it's good to go to as many auditions as you can, including theater. Not only is it good practice, the people you meet in the theater can also work in film. Actually, a lot of the well-known film British actors started in theater, probably because it's the best training you can get.

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