Everyone wants to be a star by acting in movies or portraying characters that would bring them both name and fame. However, what one doesn’t realize is that, behind all the bling, glitz and glamour;
- Movie stars have a lot of hard work to do
- The industry is highly competitive
- Not everyone gets to make a million dollars
- Success is not easy, and
- Inhibitions have no place in the media and the entertainment world.
Although in the past there were no formal acting and training schools that produced the likes of a Robert De Niro or an Audrey Hepburn, but these days there are reputed schools that have mushroomed around the world. Acting requires no educational qualifications as such; some of us are born with the talent while the others need polishing. Choose an acting school which would help with;
- Movement coordination,
- Voice modulation,
- Hair and make-up,
- Camera presence,
- Participation with theatre groups,
- On the set participation with well-known crème de la crème to learn from,
- Dance and fight training, and
- Personality development as well.
In most cases, acting schools provide students with ‘student films’ as a part of their course ending. Aspiring actors can take this as a positive note and use the reel as audition samples ahead. Participating in community programs, theatre and other productions are a good opportunity to be noticed.
Not every successful actor started with a meaty role, especially when there are no God Fathers in the industry to help.
- Starting out small may not bring in the big bucks but would surely give you the exposure. Setting realistic goals will pile your confidence up for bigger objectives. Remember, no artist in this world became a star overnight; they worked really hard for it.
- Niche expertise and talent would be showcased, word of mouth travels and does wonders.
- Auditioning experience works. Auditions help you get the real feel of what it is like to cross the line and impress someone who can change your fate.
- Actors get to hone their skills on stage and in-front of the cameras as well. So make the best use of every opportunity you get, no matter how big or small the stage is.
Every chance should be honored and treated as the Golden Goose.
Portfolio and profile
Every aspiring actor needs to have a resume in place, a portfolio or a profile which speaks about his or her talents, skills and experience. Casting agents have the least attention span; hence seek professional help for creating one.
Profiles and portfolios should have;
- Audition tapes of the work done in the past
- Video reels, YouTube links, Reviews and Recommendations from well-known personalities too
- A resume showcasing the actors niche
- The ability to speak various foreign languages should be mentioned as well.
Please remember, while preparing to be an actor, one has to learn how to shed inhibitions and go with their instinct. Rejection is often experienced by many, and sometimes it can take months or years to get the first break. Don’t give up though, the competition is tough but the opportunities are large. Get in touch with the experts online or near to where you live, and seek professional help. To begin with, have a reputed photographer create an outstanding portfolio for you, and then get to the circulation of your profile.