How can I start an acting career?

Posted under Female CEO by Marcus Pottea on October 12th, 2013 2:51 am

I’m a 14 year old female. My dream has always to becom an actress big or small role. Even as an extra would be a start. I’ve been to acting classes but had to quiet because it was the same day I had cheer. I felt like it was pointless anyways. I’m the oldest in the class the rest are 11, 12, and 13 year olds. I felt like it was just a waists of money. We didn’t do much and I don’t even think its a real acting class. I really don’t know how I can start getting into a real acting career. female ceo

A 14-year-old starts with their parents. Child actors have professional careers through the hard work of their parents. It’s a business and there are legal restrictions/requirements for minors. YOUR PARENTS will have to do more than just be "supportive" they will have to be willing to be the CEO of your acting career and make the business decisions related to such a career. See:

http://bizparentz.org/gettingstarted/parentasceo.html

What you do is focus on is learning and growing as an actor. Look into acting classes (different ones than the one you felt wasn’t helpful). Voice and dance lessons can be helpful too. Then audition for what you can in your area – school plays, community theater, church groups, any local productions. Performing with other groups like your cheer group can be helpful too. Other things you can do:

* Check the website for your local film commission and see what opportunities are there. It’s a bit of a long shot, since they’re generally interested in adult actors – but you can always check to see if there’s something appropriate for you.

* Contact local film school and ask how they find actors for student films and then check those resources. Again, it’s a long shot since generally adults are used, but you can try.

* Read plays and scripts – all kinds – keeping an eye out for characters and monologues you want to develop.

* Join a drama club and look into competing in the acting divisions of speech/drama forensic competitions.

* Read articles, websites and books about acting – both the craft of acting and the business end of things. Learn what you can about acting techniques and how the industry works. This can help you figure out if you really want to attempt a professional acting career.

* Get together with friends and make your own shows, movies, web series or other production.

* Keep your grades up at school and embrace learning. You never know when you might use something you learned in school in your acting.

While you do that, your parents need to learn the business end of the industry. Attempting a professional acting career is like running a business and you are the product that has to be marketed and sold. So your AND YOUR PARENTS have to understand how things work. Plus there are a lot of scams and rip offs out there. By educating yourselves, you and your parents can make better, more informed decisions about any professional career you would attempt.

Then when you and your parents are ready, you can decide if it makes sense for you to attempt a professional career at this point (including getting an agent). Remember, you don’t have to have a professional career as minor to have one as an adult. In fact, many child actors have trouble transitioning into adult acting. So it will have to be a business decision about when (and if) you should look for an agent as a minor.

You can always look into an acting school/program for after high school. It’s not required for a professional career, but it can be helpful. Not only do you improve your acting skills and get to work with other people who are as passionate about acting as you hopefully are, but it’s a good way to start to network and make connections in the industry.

Good luck.

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3 Responses to “How can I start an acting career?”

  1. you have to develop depth and character first. If anyone with a fantasy of being a famous actor ( which a lot do) could become one than everyone would.
    Read up on psychology, notice the behaviors of others and why they react that way. Get in touch with your passionate self so you can release your natural emotions instead of faking it, People can feel the energy through the screen, you need to be authentic.
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    do modeling and acting on occasion

  2. A 14-year-old starts with their parents. Child actors have professional careers through the hard work of their parents. It’s a business and there are legal restrictions/requirements for minors. YOUR PARENTS will have to do more than just be "supportive" they will have to be willing to be the CEO of your acting career and make the business decisions related to such a career. See:

    http://bizparentz.org/gettingstarted/parentasceo.html

    What you do is focus on is learning and growing as an actor. Look into acting classes (different ones than the one you felt wasn’t helpful). Voice and dance lessons can be helpful too. Then audition for what you can in your area – school plays, community theater, church groups, any local productions. Performing with other groups like your cheer group can be helpful too. Other things you can do:

    * Check the website for your local film commission and see what opportunities are there. It’s a bit of a long shot, since they’re generally interested in adult actors – but you can always check to see if there’s something appropriate for you.

    * Contact local film school and ask how they find actors for student films and then check those resources. Again, it’s a long shot since generally adults are used, but you can try.

    * Read plays and scripts – all kinds – keeping an eye out for characters and monologues you want to develop.

    * Join a drama club and look into competing in the acting divisions of speech/drama forensic competitions.

    * Read articles, websites and books about acting – both the craft of acting and the business end of things. Learn what you can about acting techniques and how the industry works. This can help you figure out if you really want to attempt a professional acting career.

    * Get together with friends and make your own shows, movies, web series or other production.

    * Keep your grades up at school and embrace learning. You never know when you might use something you learned in school in your acting.

    While you do that, your parents need to learn the business end of the industry. Attempting a professional acting career is like running a business and you are the product that has to be marketed and sold. So your AND YOUR PARENTS have to understand how things work. Plus there are a lot of scams and rip offs out there. By educating yourselves, you and your parents can make better, more informed decisions about any professional career you would attempt.

    Then when you and your parents are ready, you can decide if it makes sense for you to attempt a professional career at this point (including getting an agent). Remember, you don’t have to have a professional career as minor to have one as an adult. In fact, many child actors have trouble transitioning into adult acting. So it will have to be a business decision about when (and if) you should look for an agent as a minor.

    You can always look into an acting school/program for after high school. It’s not required for a professional career, but it can be helpful. Not only do you improve your acting skills and get to work with other people who are as passionate about acting as you hopefully are, but it’s a good way to start to network and make connections in the industry.

    Good luck.
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  3. Read Katrina’s answer – it tells you all that you need to know.

    I’d just add that being an extra is NOT a start. Extras are not actors – just human props. Being an extra will not help you get into acting in any way – it can even damage an acting career.

    You should also work a lot harder at school.
    Your English is poor, and actors have to be excellent at English.

    And if you put ‘cheer’ above attending an acting class, you don’t have the motivation required.
    If you’re a beginner at acting classes the ages of the other students is irrelevant – you have to learn the same things as they do.

    Find a good class and get ready for many years of very hard work!
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