Just like any other profession, gaining the required experience to perfect your art is required. In order to do this, apart from being committed and passionate about acting, you have to be willing to work hard at improving your craft. While it is easier said than done, where there is a will there is a way! Assume that you are a budding actor, the toughest thing to do would be to find a starting point. It may seem that there are several opportunities presented to you but they all seem to fall through the cracks. What is then required is a deep introspection about the snags in your craft. Identify the problems and work at it.
Acting is an On-going process: There is not a single profession in this world where you can feel confident that the knowledge you have is going to sustain you forever. While it may be easy to stay in the same position for a bit, you will soon be replaced by someone who is more clued on to what is happening currently in the industry. The same holds true for acting as well. Unless you are updated with the current trends and seem to constantly try to improve yourself and your acting skills, you will not be the first choice for plum assignments. So, if you want your acting career to begin on the right note, an education in acting is extremely important. This may be in the form of an acting school, college courses, art classes, or local gigs.
Consider working Part-Time: The bottom line for any career to take off on the right note is your ability to sustain the same energy. It is tough to sustain the same energy if the money does not keep coming in. If you are in it for the long-haul, it is critical that you survive emotionally and physically. So, think about taking up a part-time job that can help you sustain your budding acting career.
Networking is key: Networking and meeting people is what is going to get in that door. So, getting the right opportunities and breaks will really depend on you meeting and mixing with the right people. If this means that you need to get into a “set” as an extra, then you must take it because that will mean a chance to meet people who matter. It is true that it may not give you the best feeling considering it is the least glamorous of all the acting gigs you will ever hope to get but who said it was easy to get to the top! Further, while you are at it, ensure that you talk to people find out they did differently and whether it would work for you. You may just get a different perspective on things.
Eventually, it all about understanding how you can increase your presence and exposure amongst those who matter and before you know it you have landed your first acting gig!
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