ana asked in Arts & HumanitiesTheatre & Acting · 2 months ago

is this possible to get role and agent in age 13-15?

i just always wanted be actress so hope my dreams came to 

8 Answers

  • 3 weeks ago

    Yes.  There are roles for teenagers and those kids have to have agents.

    Usually to get an agent you have to have some acting experience.  The place to get that experience is the school drama club, community theater, etc.  The annual school plays, etc.  Most of those, especially community theater will use anyone who wants to act.  

    Do not limit yourself to acting.  Also get some behind the scenes experience.  Help with make up.  Do hair.  Do costuming.  Help to design and decorate a set.  Do lighting.  The more you know about how a show is put together, the more you can contribute with your acting.

    Most schools also offer drama/theater classes/  Sign up for one.  

    The only way to become an actor is to act.  The only way to get an agent is to have experience.  So get it where you can.

    (Every community theater I have ever worked with also gets inside information about shows. movies, etc. that will be casting in your area.  If nothing else, they can often point you to places where they need extras to fill out the background.  Make $100 and build connects.)

  • Larry
    Lv 5
    1 month ago

    Get involved in every type of acting your school has. High School has more opportunities to do that. They have acting classes, music classes, singing classes, character and role make up, etc. Become a part of your school's drama clubs and start trying out for your school plays. My school had 4 or 5 major productions each year. These were accomplished students who weren't afraid to show their talents and is how they became almost professionals who went further into it in college. My senior year they had 5 plays. The Miracle Worker, The Crucible, Alice In Wonderland, Death Of A Salesman and West Side Story. The plays were done in our huge 2 level auditorium. The tickets would go on sale, be bought up by other students, faculty, parents, other family members and people in the community who followed the play schedule. It was actually quite exciting and terrific. It was a great place to take a date or your girlfriend. Tickets were $10 X 1500 seats =15 thousand dollars that went to the next play.

  • ?
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    So what have you been doing "always" to make your dream come true? We'll want to hear AT LEAST that you take an active part in every theatrical performance in your school, even if you're only helping with costumes and make up.

  • 2 months ago

    If you really enjoy acting you should focus on learning and growing as a performer.  Audition for school plays and community/youth theater.  Take acting classes.  Voice and dance lessons can be fun too.  Join a drama club and compete in forensic speech/drama contests.  Things like that - where you can actually try acting to see if you really are passionate about it and see if you’re outstanding at it.

    You only need an agent if you’re trying to work at a professional level - which involves contracts, legal issues, work permits and the like.  It’s not something you can do yourself.  Your parents would have to be involved.  It’s a HUGE investment of time effort and money for you and your family.  It’s not that you get an agent and they take care of everything.  Your parents have to be involved and able to make good business decisions on your behalf.

    Production companies are not searching the world for the right kids to reward with an acting career - they are in it to make money.  And there are a lot of scams and rip offs that prey on people who don’t understand the realities of attempting a professional acting career.  You and your parents need to be very careful.

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  • 2 months ago

    It is possible. There are young actresses in some films. It's not easy then though.

  • Cogito
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Yes, if you've had many years of good-quality training and loads of stage experience are extremely talented and have very supportive parents.

    No if you're just a kid with dreams.

    On average, it takes seven years of training and experience to get to the point where any agent would consider signing you as a client.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Have you ever done any real acting before? If not, how do you know that you really want to be an actor? That it's for you? That you're capable of pursuing a professional career? Or that you're good at it?

    Like I've already explained in your other question, you can only get to auditions for professional jobs through agents. Those auditions are not open to the general public. But no legit agent would even consider taking on amateurs or beginners, only highly-trained and highly-experienced talented people with a strong resume to back it all up.

    So unless you already have that under your belt, the answer to your question is no. It takes about a decade of very hard work to build a resume strong enough to impress potential agents, which is the first step toward a professional acting career. That means, if you start now, by the time you're ready for an agent and to work professionally you'll be about 23-25, give or take.

    Since you're asking this question, it's only reasonable to assume you're not ready. So if you really want to pursue acting as a career, you'll need to start at square one. Square one is adopting a realistic and mature approach: No one's just discovered and handed an acting career. It's not like in the movies. The reality is VERY different from what people imagine and you might be more interested in the fantasy of what you THINK it's like. This is show BUSINESS. Understand that no one's in this to make your dreams come true, they're in this to make money. Productions invest tons and they need to know it's in the hands of people who know what they're doing.

    With that being said, before you go and invest so much time, money, and work, research all about the business side. That's what it is after all - show BUSINESS. Being an actor is like running a business where you are the product you need to market and sell. You need to know all about the industry, how it works, how you fit into it, and how to navigate it. Backstage. com is a good place to start.

    Since you're a minor, your parents MUST be involved, including actively. They will be the ones running your career till you're 18. So you'll need their support, including financial. Have them research the business with you, they'll need to know everything there is to know. If they don't support your goal, you'll have to wait till you're 18.

    Then, I suggest that you make sure it's even worth it: Get into some local, low-key acting classes. Listen to the feedback. See if you can handle it. See if you're good at the craft and if you enjoy it. See if it's for you at all. See if you're capable of pursuing it on a professional level, both mentally ad physically. And most importantly, make sure you have a true passion for the CRAFT itself as opposed to the fantasy of being rich and famous, having fans, walking on red carpets, taking interviews, etc. If you do it for the wrong reasons you will fail before you even start.

    If after all of that you find that acting is for you and you're still interested in pursuing a career in it, and if you're capable of pursuing it mentally, physically and financially, start working on that resume of yours: Apply to a top-quality acting school (where well-known and respected teachers teach and successful professionals graduated from, not just any acting classes. Those are located in the big city, so make sure you can get there). Get yet more training in the form of workshops and masterclasses and the such (also run by well-known and respected people). In addition, start auditioning for any local non-professional work you can, such as student and indie films. Also audition for or join a youth or community theater. Anything that doesn't require an agent, basically. Grow as a performer. Constantly land leading roles. Win awards for your acting. Take vocal and dance lessons, too. Also study and master other skills to give your resume a boost (for example: horseback riding, ice-skating, martial arts, acrobatics, dialects, mime, etc.). That's the kind of resume agents look for.

    Once you've got an impressive resume under your belt, unless what you want is to act locally rather than nationally you'll need to move to LA (or NYC with just less opportunities but more for theater). Continue getting training and experience till someone you've worked with and impressed (like a director, a producer, an acting teacher, or even a fellow actor) will be willing to refer you to an agent. That's how you usually get an agent. Other ways (like cold-querying with your headshots, resume and demo reel, or getting spotted at a showcase) rarely work. Speaking of, you'll also need to network and get connections in the industry. Stay in touch with people you've worked with. Networking is a big part of this biz.

    If and when you get an agent, you will be able to start working as a professional actor and go to auditions for professional jobs. The way it usually works is, in short, when a new project starts casting a casting director is hired. The casting director creates a "Character Breakdown" specifying exactly the roles they're looking to fill based on their age-range, looks, ethnicity, special skills, etc. Then they approach the agents they know and trust. The agents go over the breakdown, go over their client database, and submit to the casting director only the clients they believe may fit those said roles (meaning, they send them those clients' resumes, demo reels and headshots). Out of those, the casting director will invite to audition only the handful *they* believe may fit those said roles. Those actors will come in and audition as many rounds as needed till one gets each role. So theoretically, you may be invited to 100 auditions a year or you may never be invited to any auditions. There's no way to know, luck plays a huge part in this. Understand that. Also understand that it's very likely that you will need to get plenty of *professional* experience before you can audition and get any serious roles in serious productions such as national movies and TV shows. So, statistically, it's very possible that IF you ever get a serious role on a serious production you'll be in your 30s or even older. Understand that.

    The reality is, 99% of professional actors will never get more than a few minor speaking or non-speaking roles, on minor production (including things no one's ever heard of) their entire career, let alone become famous. It's only glamorous maybe 1% of the time for maybe 0.1% of professional actors. The rest is hard work just like any other job. Don't forget, after all it is a JOB. The reality is almost all actors are constantly exhausted, far away from home and lonely. They barely have time to socialize or be with their family. They hold another job or two alongside acting. They're hungry for food and live in a small apartment. Their looks, talent, and skills are constantly judged and they're more often than not rejected. They can easily fall into depression. And with all that, they STILL have to make sure they remain healthy and strong - physically AND mentally. That means exercising, eating healthy, getting your beauty treatment as needed, getting therapy if needed... So what I'm saying is, even if you love the craft and are good at it, also make sure that this lifestyle is for you at all. That you can handle it.

    If you're okay with all of that, come up with a realistic plan of action and start working (after COVID). That's the difference between a dream (a fantasy) and a goal. Acting is not for most people, so please give it some serious thought and be honest with yourself. If nothing else, if a professional acting career is not for you after all, there's always the option of acting as a hobby. Nothing wrong with that, especially if you really do love acting.

    Good luck!

  • 2 months ago

    You can get a role but you cannot get an agent. Your parents will have to act on your behalf because getting an agent requires a contract. A contract is not legal if it’s not signed by an adult. 

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