Everything you need to know about how to become an actor.
First we'll discuss how to become an amateur actor... and then a working actor... and then finally a famous actor.
So what's the quickest way to become an actor... in just one sentence? Well, here it is:
Join a casting website like www.backstage.com, upload a photo of yourself, and then start submitting to projects.
Now, I'm guessing you want a bit more info than that, and if so, you've come to the right place. By the end of this article you'll know everything about starting an acting career with no experience, and how to take it all the way to booking consistent work and preparing for your first breakout role!
How to Become an Actor: The Ultimate Guide
Is it all glitz and glam?
Well, if you're reading this article, you probably know it's not.
The chance of becoming a famous actor is astronomically small – but it is possible if you're strategic and keep pushing over the long run.
First, let's make a distinction between the three types of actors:
A day in the life of an amateur actor consists of taking acting classes, getting together with friends to rehearse, and auditioning and performing in small productions for free.
A day in the life of a working actor consists of meeting with acting coaches, agents, and managers, taking classes, and submitting to auditions. If they book a job (usually 2-3 per month or more for busy actors), they're on set working or rehearsing with other actors. They also spend a large portion of their day ensuring they take care of themselves – eating well, working out, grooming, etc.
A day in the life of a famous actor consists of meetings with their publicist, attending special events to speak or be honored, and of course, working on set and in rehearsals just like the professional actor.