Many people looking to start careers as actors are often deterred by the
untouchable grandeur bestowed upon successful modern-day actors. How can that
ever be achieved? The truth is that besides having inﬂuential connections, the hope
of your acting career depends entirely on you.
One of the best steps to take as an amateur in the ﬁeld of acting is to
become well trained in the tried-and-true acting techniques, such as
method acting and improvisation.
These skills will expand your ﬂexibility as an actor, helping you to understand acting
less as a hobby of a talent and more as the art form which it truly is. When you
take acting seriously and appreciate the fact that good acting and a successful
career only results from hard work and dedication, you will be ready to take on the
responsibility of playing a part.
Another important thing to remember as an amateur actor is that no job and no
role is too small. The likelihood that the ﬁrst role in which you are cast is a leading
role is slim to none, and this humbling notion should help you to appreciate the
signiﬁcance of every role in a play, ﬁlm, and even in a commercial.
Once you have become a well-rounded and ﬂexible actor, your job as a
determined hopeful is to audition at every opportunity possible. Beginning
with small-time local productions is a surprisingly good route to take.
The whole point of auditioning everywhere that you can is to achieve a level of
experience that a more serious director can appreciate and respect. But many
actors make the mistake of acting in the same basic roles and styles everywhere
It is always good to build your acting resume as diversely as possible. This shows
that you are willing and able to ﬁll a variety of different roles, which is a strong
recommendation when you are just beginning your career.
In addition, the roles you audition for shouldn't always be lead roles. Try out for a
few minor roles; this will give you room to study the character at length and
interpret them in your own unique way.
Although this can be done in a leading role, it can prove more beneﬁcial to your
acting technique and to your self-conﬁdence to have the opportunity to steal the
show with a minor role. Never underestimate the power given to smaller
The best advice that anyone can give you as a rising actor is to work hard and apply
yourself, because your efforts will, in time, prove fruitful.
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