I'm going to assume you're asking about a professional acting career. The first thing you have to do is give up the fantasy that kids are "discovered" and given an acting career. That's not how the industry works. Doesn't mean that you can't be a professional actor - it means that...
Best answer: I'm going to assume you're asking about a professional acting career. The first thing you have to do is give up the fantasy that kids are "discovered" and given an acting career. That's not how the industry works. Doesn't mean that you can't be a professional actor - it means that you have to accept that this is a business, not a lottery or some type of TV competition show. People are in it to make money, not make your dreams come true. Companies are not searching the country for the right kid to reward with an acting career. They invest a lot of money in their productions and they trust that investment to trained and experienced professionals. See my answer to this question to understand the casting process better - https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20180113191620AAnmy5a
Along those lines, attempting a professional acting career basically means that you and your family are starting and running your own business where you (and your skills) are products to be marketed and sold. Yes - your parents HAVE to be involved. A professional career involved legal issues (contracts, unions, taxes, entertainment work permits, Coogan trust accounts, etc); marketing (head shots, resumes, show reel, website, social media) and networking. It will be your parents responsibility (and eventually yours) to understand all these things so informed decisions can be made about your career (and to avoid the many scams and rip-offs). We are talking a huge investment of time, effort and money with no guarantee that you'll get any role and this is true even if you're not trying for Disney or other "big" things. It is NOT as simple as just getting an agent and going on auditions for any professional work.
There is no one way to become an actor. There are no set of steps you can go through and "poof" you're an actor. It is an extremely competitive and unstable career. To give you an idea - there are currently 20,000 child actors with agents just in LA. California issues about 50,000 entertainment work permits every 6 months for kids wanting to work in the industry. Again - doesn't mean you can't or shouldn't attempt a professional career, it's just emphasizing the importance of your parents learning how the business works to help make good decisions for you and for you to think about exactly WHY you want to attempt a professional career at this point. Because if you're looking for fame, attention, money, if you want be someone else or escape a boring/hard life - you will be disappointment. And frankly, right now might not be a good time for you to attempt a professional career. It might not be good for you or your family - so this is something you need to talk with your parents about. And if you really are passionate about acting, you will have more opportunities and a bigger variety of roles if you focus on acting classes and non-professional work (school plays, community theater, student films and the like).
A couple of websites to help you and your parents better understand what is all involved in attempting a professional acting career: https://www.backstage.com/backstage-guides/how-become-child-actor/ and http://bizparentz.org/
So talk to your parents and let them do some research. In the meantime you can have fun learning and growing as an actor and performer! Afterall, this is what you love. Some things you can do:
- Take acting classes, do a summer theater camp, look for quality training from respected instructors. Voice and dance lessons can be fun too.
- Audition for what you can: school plays, community theater, church shows
- Join drama club
- Join other performance groups like choir, band, orchestra or dance troupe
- Compete in forensic speech/drama contests
- Read plays and scripts of all kinds and keep an eye out for characters you love and monologues you want to develop and perform them for friends and family
- Have your parents contact local film schools and ask how they find actors for student films and check those sources. Check out the website of your local film commission to see if there are any opportunities. Have your parents look into joining backstage, actors access or casting networks to find out about low-to-no-pay projects (like student films) that you could submit to for experience.
- Get together with friends to make your own projects for fun.
- Embrace learning all different things - you never know when you can use something in acting.
So again - you work on learning and growing as an actor and performer. Your parents can research the business end of things and then you guys can talk to see if now it the right time for you to attempt a professional career or if it might be better to wait until you're older.
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