So you’ve done it! You’ve decided you want to be a professional actor. Congratulations! Welcome to one of the most exciting, challenging, creative, and crazy industries in existence! Now, do you want the good news or the bad news first? Right, here’s the bad news: it’s not easy to be an actor. You’ve got to juggle auditions, rent jobs, performance schedules, bills, networking events, classes, headshot sessions, headshot reproductions, headshot mailings bla bla bla etc. The list goes on. The good news? Being an actor can be intensely rewarding and immensely fulfilling. It’s one of the only jobs steeped in rich traditions, requiring far-off travel, a healthy body and mind, a fresh imagination, some street smarts to boot, AND the opportunity to dress up like a 18th century courtesan in the morning and an ER doctor in the afternoon.
So…where to begin? Well, first thing to know is the greatest thing about the entertainment business: you can be an actor pretty much anywhere! If you’re not already busy in your community theater, get into it! Find out about your closest regional theater (and don’t say you don’t have one, they’re eeeeeverywhere), research their local hiring policies on their website, or see if you can wrangle yourself an audition for their next show. Or (as I always recommend) produce your own! Get your friends together and put on the kind of theater YOU want to see. Theater not your bag? Or, are you even more than a Triple Threat, and you want to do film and/or television too? Are you even more determined to push your career as a professional actor forward? Keep reading… Read More