Pursuing an teenage acting career takes drive and determination, but the primary requirements are talent and hard work. In addition to acting talent, other skills are necessary such as an acute business sense and good people skills. If you are serious about pursuing a career as a professional actor, consider relocating to New York or Los Angeles. Although this is not an essential step, talking your parents into relocating to New York or LA will obviously put you at an advantage in the world of professional acting.
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Develop your natural skills and talent. Good acting takes natural talent, but it also requires study and experience. Experience can be obtained in a variety of ways, school and community theatre, school film projects, working as an extra on a movie set, and local commercials. Stage experience and on-camera experience will help season you as an actor. Formal study is also an essential part of a young actor's training. Seek out schools that have strong theatre and art's programs. Pursue opportunities attend acting workshops and camps in the summertime.
Develop additional skills that will aid your acting career. Supplement acting classes with dance classes and voice lessons. Develop good communication and networking skills. It is also important to be in tip top shape. Maintain a regular workout and exercise regimen. Last, but not least, develop a good business sense. Take business classes at your school. Take the time to read tips and advice about the entertainment industry.
Schedule a professional photo shoot. Professional quality headshots are an essential part of the promo package that actors send out to contact booking agents and get auditions. Take a series of photographs using different angles and different moods and lighting. Select the best photos. The promo package requires a standard 8-by-10 photograph.
Write a resume and create a promo package. The resume should include your name, age, height and weight, colour of your eyes and contact information. Include all relevant information about your training, education and professional work experience. Also include any acting or artistic awards that you have received. The standard procedure is to staple the resume to the back of the headshot with two staples. Write a short, concise cover letter.
Contact booking agents. Information about casting directors and booking agents cab be found in the Ross Report, which is a monthly publication dedicated to the acting profession. Information about the Ross Report is available at Actor Point.com.
Stay informed. Keep up to date. Read the trade papers for tips and news about acting and technique. Become a member of Backstage.com. This provides a wealth of resources for professional actors from news and advice about the profession to casting calls for jobs.
Tips and warnings
- Individual states and the federal government have laws that regulate the employment and work conditions of minors. Check with the Department of Labor in your state about working papers that may be required to work in the acting profession.
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