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movie actor

by kanako Johnson

(japan okinawa naha)

QUESTION:

My name is kanako johnson.
i have a dream to be an movie star
i don’t know what do.
could you tell me what is good to do first?

ANSWER:

Getting acting roles in movies starts with the same process as any acting roles. First is training – going to a good acting school where you will learn a range of skills, including acting for the camera. The next step is finding representation. Most auditions for hollywood movies are not open to self-submission, but if you don’t have an agent, you can start your film career in independent films, short films and even student films. Submit to these auditions, drop your headshot and resumes at good film schools and attend film festivals. There is no recipe for being a movie star, of course, but this is the way to start working as a film actor.

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I am a senior in more ways than one

by Betty

(Florida)

QUESTION:

I have the opposite situation that the 21 year old did. I was acting when I first graduated high school. I was discouraged — even sabotaged– by my family. I always said that I would do it ‘later”. Long story short, I never did (although I did join AFTRA decades ago: I gave that up too). I have returned to college to study something in I don’t really like, just to get a job. I will have a bachelor’s degree when I turn 60 next year. I am in my senior year and being supported by financial aid: this year I took the loans. I have no job. I have no family. I live in a motel because I lost my apartment when I lost my last job. My courses are on line. I now have some support money and some availability. I plan to take an acting class at the theater that I used to volunteer at. It is a block away (I chose the location of the motel, because I was close to certain things. I am hoping to get passed the depression and learn enough to try some auditions. I was an extra in a movie once. Maybe I could get a tiny line in something. My courses are all on line. I even thought about auditioning at Disney. Am I being foolish?

ANSWER:

I think it’s a great idea to take a theatre class. If anything, it will help you give an expression to all the emotions you are feeling. Art, and performing arts in particular, can be very helpful when you’re feeling down, plus if acting has always been your dream and you regret not having pursued it before, taking action will empower you and help you start thinking more positive thoughts.

Your classes are all online so acting classes and auditions won’t come in the way of your studies.

If you want to audition, follow the steps on the Become an Actor page – get headshots and sign up for legitimate audition websites (Actors Access, Backstage – The Actor’s Resource and Casting Networks – but check if they also have castings for Florida first). If you’re non-union, you may find that there are a lot of small projects (like student films, independent films and off-Broadway theater) you can audition for as a senior and not that much competition. My advice is to enjoy the process and not worry about making it. Just think of it as a present to yourself. You’re following your dreams and there’s nothing foolish about that. It’s actually inspiring to everyone, no matter what their age. Good luck!

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Becoming an actor approaching 40 as a U.S citizen who wants to work/live in Europe

by Peter

(New York City, NY)

QUESTION:

Hello, I am a soon to be 38 year old male living in NYC who has dreamed of being a screenwriter/actor/singer/producer. I want to work in the U.S and Europe but mainly in Europe but the reality is I am unsure if any of this is even possible and if it is how to begin? I have thought about quitting my low paying admin support job to attend for school for either acting, or film making or producing in the U.K but have not been able to find a program that contains all three.

Am I crazy for wanting a dream this extreme and crazy this late in life or is there some level of possibility of making this happen and if so I beg of you to instruct me on what strategy I should take to live the life I have always wanted?

ANSWER:

There’s no age limit to be an artist or work in the entertainment industry, of course. You may want to read this question from another reader. Any of these careers take time to build, though, and have a learning curve, so you may want to experiment with short term classes until you find what you want to do most first. Also, make sure you have a plan to pay the bills while you study and beyond. There are no guarantees of making a living in any of these careers. I don’t know of any schools in England that teach all three skills at once, but I’m posting your question in case anybody else knows. Good luck!

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Headshot

by Emzi

QUESTION:

When you take a headshot for film/tv/theatre: Should the headshot represent my personality how I am as a person or it should represent what type of characters I would like to play?

ANSWER:

A headshot should show both your “type” and your personality. When a casting director looks at your picture, they should know what to cast you as (ie. young dad, best friend, character actor, etc.). That is your type (not necessarily the characters you want to play but those you are most likely to be auditioning for at first). Your type is easily suggested in your headshot by what you wear and hair/makeup. They should also get a sense of who you are – your unique personality. That’s the harder part of a headshot shoot. You need to be relaxed enough to get across who you are and what makes you unique. Ideally, a casting director should look at your headshot and think, “I want to meet this person”.

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Acting Advice!

by Jess

(Canada)

QUESTION:

I love acting, it’s the one thing I love to do. It’s always been something I love and recently I’ve decided that I can’t see myself doing anything else in the future. I want to make acting a career. Right now I am 16. I hope that isn’t too old to start studying acting seriously, I haven’t been in any plays before, I have just done drama class at school and that is when I discovered my passion for it. I am going to try out for the school play next year, and this summer I am going to start an acting class. I just would like some advice on how to get where I want to be. I want to act for film and TV and move to L.A. when I graduate high school. How would I prepare myself for that type of acting? How do I improve my skills? And how do you truly get in to a character, and be in the moment? I just need some advice from a real actress to help me get started! Thank you so much in advance!

ANSWER:

Going to a top acting school is the best way to prepare for a career in acting after high school. If you can afford it, apply to the top acting schools during your last year of high school. Fill up your acting resume in the meantime with school plays and community plays. If you live in a city where some filming takes place, you should also start auditioning if you can. You’ll get a feel for how the business works and what you need to work on.

If you want to do film and TV, you’ll need an acting reel. Audition for student films and short films and join a screen acting class. A big part of getting your first screen roles is auditions, so take an audition class and practice cold readings with scenes from contemporary TV shows and teen films. Find a class where you can see yourself on tape so you know how you come across. Almost all auditions for film and TV are taped. The decision makers are usually not in the room at the first audition, so your recording is all they will see. Some small things like making sure you look up and pick up the line off the page to deliver it can make all the difference. Another thing is that a lot of young actors have too many facial expressions and gesture too much at the beginning. All these are things you’ll quickly learn by taking a good film and TV class. You can also find more film acting tips here.

Before you worry about screen acting, though, you’ll need some basic acting skills. Again, a good acting school or class is the best way to go, but to get you started, you’ll find out some information on things like being in the moment and working on character in our our free online acting lessons page.

Hope this helps. There’s also a page on moving to LA for acting. And don’t forget follow the steps outlined on the become an actor page. Knowing your type and studying TV shows and films is even more important if you decide not to go to school so you can at least have good headshots and a plan on how to market yourself as an actor in Hollywood.

Good luck!

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Typecasting

by Elizabeth

(Indiana)

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QUESTION:

What questions do you need to ask yourself to figure out your typecasting? Thank you and God bless.

ANSWER:

Look at this article on finding your type. It has a list of questions to narrow down what you could be cast as.

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I want to be an actor, i need some help

by Gabriel

(Ixtlán del Rio, Nayarit, Mexico)

QUESTION:

Hi there, my name is Gabriel, and i am from Mexico, recently i`ve thinking very much about being an actor, I`m 22 years old,i spent the past three years studying Graphic Design and to be honest i suck at this profession, so recently i was inspired by the gifted and great actor, and musician Darren Criss, so i decided: Why not try to be an actor? He is a big example of perseverance in pursuing your dreams, and i dreamed to be a great actor, not for the fame or the money, it was my dream like forever, and i feel very frustrated with my design career, so this is for my personal satisfaction and happiness. I know this is a saturated industry, but if you can guide me in this kind of dilemma, i spent the last few days thinking very seriously about it,and i am very excited. I know this is not like the movies, where everything comes up to you like magic, this is a path of hard work and perseverance, so i just need to know how can i be a great actor, because i really want to walk this way, do you think there is still hope for me in the industry? My friends and some part of my family are cheering me for this (the other part is sort of really negative people, and every time i listen to them, I end up crying). I will be really grateful if you can answer me and help me in this dilemma. I really appreciate this, so thank you so much for your help…!!!

ANSWER:

I’m not sure how I can help. It seems that you already know how competitive acting is and you still want to do it, so just follow the steps outlined on this page (getting trained, getting headshots and resume, an agent, etc.) Of course, this is how it works in America. Things may be a little different in Mexico, although I imagine the general casting process is the same. I’ll just post your question and maybe some other actors will comment with advice and encouragements of their own. Check our Facebook page too. Just remember, only you can make such a big decision, so ask yourself if you would still want to act even if things didn’t work out the way you wanted and you ended up struggling for many years as a performer. Good luck.