Acting Tips – Answers to your Acting Questions

Do you need acting tips? Do you have a question about acting you just can’t find the answer to?

You’re in the right place!

On the Acting School Stop website, you can ask any question about the art or the business of acting. You will receive an e-mail as soon as your question is answered. It’s easy and it’s free. I try to answer every question I can, and other experts and actors can offer their acting advice too by adding comments.

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Please read the frequently asked questions below to see if your question has already been answered! If you feel overwhelmed, take a look at my e-book, Become an Actor. I have picked the best questions and answers and organized them within this step by step guide to an acting career. I invite you to click here to learn more about how the book can help you.


I want to become an actress but I don’t have any experience.
How do I get noticed?

It’s hard to get your first few acting jobs. You need experience to get auditions but you need auditions to get experience, right? Don’t worry, everybody has to start somewhere. First, get a great headshot. Then, readthese acting tips on how to fill your actor resume when you’re starting out. Once you have a headshot and resume, there are many things you can do to get acting experience: open calls, student films, internships… Click here for a full list of acting tips on how to gain experience as an aspiring actor.

How do I start an acting career?
First, you need to give some thought to what kind of acting you want to do (film acting, theater, etc.) and what type of actor or actress you are (also known as your type). Knowing this information will help you choose anacting school. Then you’ll need to get an acting picture and resume, find an agent and start going to auditions. To get started, just follow these step by step acting tipson how to become an actor.

How can I get a role in a movie?
The steps to getting an acting role in a movie are not so different then getting any other acting job, but here are three acting tips that can help… 1) Take an on-camera acting class 2) If you have no film experience at all, work as an extra a couple of times to see what working on a set is like. 3) Know your type and get headshots that show what type you are (this is much more important for film acting then for theater). 4) Check out the March 4, 2009 back issue of the Acting School Monthly newsletterfor acting advice on how to improve your film acting auditions.

What are the top acting schools?
What most people would call “the top acting schools” are highly competitive drama universities like the The Juilliard School in New York or the MFA program at Yale School of Drama in New Haven. But there are many other good acting schools out there that are not so hard to get into. To judge the quality of a school, don’t just look at the acceptance rate. Look at the faculty, at how often students get to go on stage and how connected the school is to the professional world of acting. Read these acting tips on how to choose an acting school.

What are some good acting classes to take?
Before you choose an acting class, decide if you want to study a particular acting technique or if you just want an acting coach who will draw from a range of acting methods to teach you acting. No matter what you decide, make sure to pick a class with not too many students. You should be able to work on a scene or monologue in every class.

How can I find a legitimate agent?
Read these acting tips on acting agents and remember this most important acting tip – legitimate acting agencies will NOT require money up front! They will NOT ask you to take a particular class or to get headshots with a particular photographer in order to represent you.

How can I get auditions? Where do I begin?
A good way to get auditions is to have an agent or manager, but if you don’t, there are many ways to find auditions on your own and get seen by casting directors. Just follow these acting tips on how to get acting auditions.