How to become an actor with no experience ?

I am 18 from England and have wanted to be come an actor for a long time.

I have no experience. How would I go about becoming an actor? 

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  • Well I Will Give 10 Advices Kid But Took Them So Seriously!!!

    1.Start As Youtuber/Video Blogger In YouTube Or In Daily Motion(That Was The First Thing I Really Do For A Becoming A Young Independent Actor So, Already I Have A Shortfilm Based On A Comedy Love Who Already Reaching The Almost 8 Millions Of Viewers In YouTube So) YouTube & Daily Motion Really Help Me Dude Trust Me Or Simply Believe It

    2.Go To Acting Classes & Get Some Lessons

    3.Watch A Lot Of Hollywood Films 🎥

    4.Look For The History Of Acting

    5.Try To Interviewed A Pair Of 📺 Series Actors & Actress

    6.Practicing Your Acting Slow Moves, Faces, Smiles Etc Etc(Specially If You Work On A Drama)

    7.Go To National Theathers Acting Events(They Help A Lot Of How Did You Can Acting Trust Me)

    8.Go To The Theaters 🎥 They Helped A Lot Too So, Did You Just Have To Bring Or Save Some Money So

    9.Asking For A Personal Acting Or Theater Class Teacher For Starting(It Makes Sense A Lot Of Times So)

    10.Move To Los Angeles California(It's The Meca Of Entertainment) You Know In LA People Have See How Their Lives Changed A Lot Thanks To Acting So Since They Already Decided To Moving Up To Los Angeles California So, Good Luck Kid!!!

    #KeepActing!!!!!........

  • 4 weeks ago

    Take acting lessons and go to auditions.

  • 4 weeks ago

    I can only echo what others have said.

    First off take some acting lessons, find out if you have any innate talent for acting and if you enjoy it.  The work of acting is very different than what many people think it is and it is not for most people.  

    Get involved in local theatrical productions, keep your day job.  Take more acting lessons.

    Don't expect to be rolling in money, invited to the awards shows, walk the red carpet or become famous.  99.98% of actors never experience all or even most of those events.

    It took me a long time to simply become an working actor.  I'm blessed I live in a wonderful city, I have lots of acting opportunities and perform wherever I can.  I may never be wealthy, but my life is rich.

  • Cogito
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    But if you've never done any acting, you can't know if you'd even enjoy it.

    The way people imagine acting and the reality are very different.

    If you give it a try, starting with a good acting class and performing with a community theatre, and find that you really love acting – and I mean love it for its own sake, not with any silly notions of ever becoming famous and making loads of money - you have two choices.

    1) You can get a year or so’s acting classes at a good acting school, and act with a good community theatre purely as a hobby and have fun being part of a great bunch of people, set-building, costume making and altering, scenery-painting, working front of house, helping backstage and if you have any talent, you’ll soon start getting small roles. After a while, you may get bigger and better ones and could even try directing. You’d be able to work your ordinary job in the daytime and earn a normal living, have a steady income, your own home maybe, have a family – all the normal things of life.

    2) You can start off the same way, but carry on with the classes while getting the same experience, take singing and dance lessons too, and then try for a place at a top drama school for three years. Unless you graduate from one of these, you won't be able to get an agent and therefore no real auditions.

    To get into a drama school you'd need an excellent grade A Level Drama or Btec, certificates from your acting school, good singing and dance abilities, a lot of stage experience (and ordinary school plays don’t count at all) as well as huge talent. 

    Each of the drama schools gets about 7,000 people auditioning for only 24 to 30 places, every year. It’s also very expensive – the fees alone are at least £35,000, and on top of that you have to pay all your own rent and living costs.

    Only after several years’ training and loads of leading roles at the theatre and also in student/short/indie films might you be able to get a good agent, who would try to get you some auditions for professional work. 

     But you’d have to accept that you’d probably be like almost all actors, never get more than maybe 10 days' paid acting work a year, in small roles, in small productions. You’d probably never become well-known. You’d have to forget the idea of a steady home, a family, the same group of friends for more than a month or two. 

    And all the time, you’d have to be working an ‘ordinary’ job for maybe 40 hours a week whenever you could fit it in, ideally working from home, in between auditions, rehearsals, unpaid acting work, workshops, masterclasses, travelling, etc. It’s exhausting, stressful, and often depressing and lonely. But if you have huge talent and really love to act, and consider it’s worth all the hassle, maybe you could deal with it all.

    Give it a lot of thought - but more importantly, find out if you enjoy it!

    Good luck!

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  • Mmm J
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    You can become an actor with no experience by telling people you are an actor... but you can never get any acting work. Once you get acting work, you will be an actor with experience.

    To become an actor, it helps if you have done some things earlier in your life. For example in grade school, middle school or high school - but then, you would have some experience. Without this, consider signing up for classes somewhere. We assume you don't know anyone in the performing arts business.

    There are "acting schools". While learning "acting" is one of the things you do, another is you meet other people wanting to do the same thing. Networking with others is important.

    We don't know if you want to learn live stage, TV, commercial/advertisement, movie or porn skills. We don't know if you've ever been on a set or if you are expecting to apply for and get an audition for some huge budget movie so you can get paid a lot of money (points may be better) - and you don't have an agent or any acting skills... but everyone else does.

    Its a bit like me wanting to drive a Formula race car in the next Grand Prix - having never driven that type of a car or on any sort of race track.

    Good luck! You're going to need it... This will be a very challenging life path.

  • Silver
    Lv 4
    4 weeks ago

    Number 1: start auditioning for things. ANYTHING. My cousin is an actor on TV now, and only because we encouraged him, he always liked it, but never thought it would be a real career for him. Join any local theater you can that probably won't reject you, that's where you can get practice. What are you doing for school? They have a LOT of acting schools and programs in London. I went to NYU if you want to jump cross the pond; Gallatin and Tisch are some of the best film schools, in my opinion, I'm biased. You could just move to New York or LA, there's always something to audition for. Try putting some stuff on Youtube, if you and your friends are entertaining enough, that alone could get you somewhere.

    • Cogito
      Lv 7
      4 weeks agoReport

      Sorry, but in the UK it doesn't work like that. Putting stuff on Youtube is a terrible idea.  And you can't audition for any real roles without an agent.  You also can't get an agent unless you've taken a degree-level course at a top drama school.  Also, as Tina says, you can't just move to the USA.

  • Nancy
    Lv 6
    4 weeks ago

    The pathway to becoming an actor in the UK is a lot different than in the US. In the US, you can become an actor with no experience so long as you're really lucky and you have something about you that casting directors like. In the UK, the pathway is much more formalized. To become an actor in the UK, you have to study acting at university, attend drama school. The US has open casting calls where anyone can audition. That simply doesn't exist in the UK.

    The plus side of the UK is you have a much better shot of becoming a professional actor. If you have talent or develop the talent and put in the work, you are much more likely to make it. In the US, statistically, you are more likely to be struck by lightning three times than to make it as an actor. The US's lack of clear pathway leads to overwhelming failure, especially considering how many of them never really had a chance owing to how much nepotism plays into actors' success in America, which is why you see so many bad American actors that nevertheless have made it. That's why you see so many British actors in American movies nowadays, because British actors tend to be so much better having received formal training instead of just being the nephew of someone who never got a lick of training in their lives.

    If acting is what you want to do, then go to university, to the best university for dramatic arts you can get into, and then become super dedicated and learn how to do it well.

    • Cogito
      Lv 7
      4 weeks agoReport

      Good advice, except that most agents don't consider university training as being any use.  It has to be a top drama school.

  • 4 weeks ago

    In a city with a university film school, film students make films. These are amateur productions that rarely pay, but it counts as experience. Also, volunteer for film festivals, where you'll meet actors and film makers. The same is true for drama schools - you may not even need to be a student to get into a university or college or amateur play.

  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    You don’t. You go and get experience. Start taking classes and learn the craft. 

  • 4 weeks ago

    Take part in small theater productions.

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