Hello! :) I'm actually an actor and a writer myself. I'm not really sure which one I'd like to pursue either. Ha ha. Anyhow, I'll answer your question:
Not to sound like a wise-guy, but anyone, I mean anyone can be an actor or a writer. Anyone can be in the school musical, or write their own short story at home. But to be a successful actor or writer, and make a living off of it is very difficult. It is very, very, very difficult to become published. You have to be an excellent writer, and be at the right place at the right time (I don't believe in luck, ha ha).
To get work as an actor is pretty easy. Though, the difficulty of getting work as an actor increases by age. For instance, if you have a 6 month old baby boy, and he's pretty cute, not super cute and you sent a photo of him out to a talent agency, he would most likely get signed as a client as there are not many babies in the entertainment industry. Plus, babies don't really need any experience to be booked or signed. BUT if you're an adult and send your headshot and résumé, casting directors and agents expect you to have years of experience, and a lot of training. And even then, most actors don't get much work each year. Now of course there are those occasions where an actor with no training and no experience become successful.
Please, please, please don't be discouraged by me or any of the answerers' answers!!! True, it is rather unlikely for anyone (notice that I didn't say you specifically) to become a successful actor or writer, BUT that small percentage could include you! You never know unless you try! :) Break a leg.
I'm an actor, singer, musician, and writer.
· 6 years ago