Getting into acting is a road paved with many obstacles. Never for one second think that you will become an overnight sensation. These prodigies are rare. You should not lose hope though. If you are serious about becoming a recognizable actor, this is achievable, even without prior experience in the industry. With a few handy tips on what to do and what not to do, you might just get your big break.
The first thing you should do is immerse yourself in plays. Theatre is the root of all acting. This is because with theatre, you have to be perfect. There is no “cut” or reshooting the performance. Once the audience is seated, it is live from start to finish. For this reason, familiarize yourself with the greatest plays ever written. Visit all the theatre companies in the area. Study the techniques employed by the actors. Learn the terminologies used on stage.
The second thing you should consider is getting some acting classes. This could be done by a personal acting coach or you could attend a big class. You could also consider joining an improv class to try to hone in your acting skills. Acting classes will help in the projection of your voice, in summoning your emotions at will and just generally how you will move on stage. If you find that acting classes are too pricey for your pocket, you can decide to volunteer at one of the acting studios. Instead of being paid, you could request to sit in for the classes.
Surround yourself with actors. With all your visits to theater companies and acting studios, you are bound to meet a host of actors. Befriend them and spend most of your time with them. They can take you under their wing and teach you a few tips and tricks of the trade. Every actor has his or her own way of memorizing a script or for getting over stage fright. Hearing all these different processes could help you discover one that works for you.
The American Film Institute has a list of the best movies ever made. The actors in these movies are considered to have had the best technique in film history. Go through the list of these movies and make a point of watching a number of them. You never know what you could pick up that could positively affect your technique.
You should avoid some things when you are trying to become an actor. One of these things is being a nuisance to directors and producers. Nobody likes to feel irritated. When you constantly call or email directors and producers, they start feeling ambushed by you. If you have to contact them, be as non-intrusive as possible. It is best to deal with their personal assistants in any case. If you are charming, they could ensure you have a meeting with their bosses. Also never lie about your experience in the industry! Remember that it is okay that you do not have any experience. Some directors purely want fresh talent.