How do you become an actor/actress? I am a Freshman in HS and I want to go into acting, but I m not really sure what exactly I need to do.?

9 Answers

  • 8 months ago

    I agree with some of the answers here if your strait lace and want to follow the most traveled road to get into acting. But like any other field there's a back door to get in and that's always an option. I don't know what it's like today but the best acting classes I ever had were in between takes during production. A good director will 'help' you through scenes.

  • Anonymous
    8 months ago


  • 9 months ago

    Find a drama club or group to join. If there isn't one in your school, look on craigslist or on meetup dot com. In big cities film students make films and need actors; usually they don't pay, but the experience counts. Pay attention to casting calls, and don't shy away from being an extra or having a non speaking role. If you can, take acting classes.

    There is a lot to acting, and smart actors develop skills that producers want. Learning to speak with foreign accents is useful, as is learning to ride a horse, learning a martial art, singing and dancing, etc. Professional actors spend most of their time on it.

  • Cogito
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    Basically, to make a start as an actor, you'd need to -

    1) Have loads of natural talent.

    2) Get a few years of training at a good, accredited acting school, going from the basic classes to advanced ones.

    3) Get experience in a wide range of stage plays and shows – not regular high school stuff

    4) Learn to sing and dance if possible.

    5) Train for a good ordinary job as well, one you can work free-lance, as you’ll need it. Almost all actors work at least one other job just to survive.

    6) Ideally study Drama at degree-level at drama school or university. (In the UK it has to be a top drama school)

    7) After all the above, try to find an agent who will accept you.

    8) When you get an agent, which is how you find auditions, try to win a few auditions out of the hundreds you'll have to apply for.

    Just bear in mind that all that hard work isn't enough - you also need huge talent, dedication, determination, resilience and luck.

    And sadly, the best that almost all actors will ever get is about ten days’ paid acting work a year - that's the average - and will never get more than a few minor roles in small productions.

    Watch any movie, and count the number of actors in the cast list at the end which you hardly noticed - 'fifth bad guy', 'blonde prostitute', 'cop with ladder' and so on - they all imagined themselves up there at the top, but for the vast majority, that's as good as it gets.

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  • 9 months ago

    As others have said get involved with your school's theater productions.  That is how many actors [including myself] got their start.  Continue taking classes in college or in your community.  

    Community theaters are also a good resource.  Read as many plays and books about acting as you can.  Get training in dance/movement, music and theater whenever you can.

    The reality of acting is that 99.89% percent of actors can not make enough money to live on and have day jobs. 

    Good luck!

  • 9 months ago

    Join thespian or theater clubs. Most high schools put on plays and have open auditions. Try out for a part.

  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    First, make sure this is the right move for you. Learn and understand (and accept) the realities of acting and pursuing it. Backstage .com has some helpful information for you to start off with. The reality is VERY different from what people usually imagine and you might be more interested in the fantasy of what you THINK it's like. Running an acting career is like running a business where you are the product you need to sell. It's not for most people. Understand that this is show BUSINESS. Meaning, no one's in this to make your dreams come true, they're in this to make money.

    Also understand that 99% of professional actors don't get more than a few minor roles, on minor productions (including things no one's ever heard of) their entire career. They will forever have to work at their day job to be able to support themselves, and they will do it while also walking in and out of auditions or between acting gigs, acting classes, shootings, readings, rehearsals, etc. Basically, they hold (at least, if they're lucky) 2 jobs. They're constantly exhausted, live in a small apartment and are hungry for food; they're often lonely, far away from home, and barely have the time to socialize; their talent, looks, and skills are constantly judged and more often than not they're rejected. They make big sacrifices in their life with no guarantees it'll ever pay off...  And they still have to make sure they remain healthy and strong - physically AND mentally.

    Actors, of all kinds, are people who endure all of that because they NEED to ACT.

    What I'm saying is, first make sure you get into acting because you NEED to ACT. Even if you will never make a living off of it or become famous. Even if you end up "just" a theater actor. Make sure you have the passion for the CRAFT itself; that you have a thick skin, the resilience and the determination; that you're willing and capable (mentally, physically and financially) of making big sacrifices in your life for the small chance of "making it" one day. Adopt a mature, realistic approach. If you do it for the wrong reasons you will fail before you even start.

    In addition to doing your research on the realities of this business, make sure that this goal is even worth pursuing, before you go and invest so much time and money. If you've never actually tried acting before, how do you know it's even for you? That you're good at it? Or what acting really is? Take some acting classes, something low-key just to get a sense of it. Listen to the feedback, see if you can take it. See if you enjoy the CRAFT of acting. If you're good at it.

    If you accept the reality AND find that acting is for you and you want to pursue it on a professional level, apply to a serious top-quality acting school (where well-known and respected acting teachers teach and successful actors graduated from, not just any acting classes). In addition, start building a resume strong enough to impress potential agents. -Get yet more training, like workshops and such. And also plenty of low-level experience such as indie and student films. Join and/or audition for community theater. Constantly land leading roles. Win awards for your acting. Do your own projects as well. Take vocal and dance lessons. Study and master different special skills to give your resume a boost (for example: horseback riding, martial arts, acrobatics, dialects, etc.).

    Building that kind of resume takes about a decade, give or take. No legit agent will even consider you before that (if they do, or if they ask for money upfront - RUN! They're not legit). You need an agent, you can’t just go to auditions for professional jobs, they are not open to the general public. Move to LA (or NYC if you're more interested in theater) and continue getting experience and training. At some point, someone you've worked with and impressed (like a director, a producer, an acting teacher, or even a fellow actor) may be willing to refer you to an agent. Other ways of landing an agent, like getting spotted at a showcase or cold-querying with your headshots and resume, rarely work. So in addition to all the above you also need to network, to work hard to get connections.

    IF you finally get signed by an agent, the way it works is, when casting for a project begins a casting director is hired. The casting director creates a "character breakdown" of the roles they're looking to fill specifying their age range, looks, special skills, ethnicity, etc. Then they approach the best agents in town - agents they know well and trust. Based on that breakdown, the agents go over their client database and submit to the casting director the resumes, headshots and demo reels of the clients they believe may fit the said role(s). Out of those, the casting director invites to audition only the handful THEY believe may fit the role(s). From there, the agent of those actors gives them the audition info. Those actors will come and audition as many times as needed, competing against other professional actors for the same role, till only 1 gets it. You may be invited to 100 auditions every year or you may never be invited to any auditions. Since *professional* experience is important when casting for serious projects (like national TV shows and movies), most likely it will take a few more years before you get your first serious role - IF you can any at all (again, statistically you won't). Understand that.

    Good luck!

  • R K
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    first you be located where there are acting opportunities, you can't do this from everywhere. take some professional acting classes. look around you for local theaters,

    student and independent film auditions. their open calls anyone can go on and are good for experience. you can try doing school plays in school

  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    You find a stage school that is prepared to offer you a place for  and train for 3 years. Good luck.

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