Acting: making the breakthrough
Have you ever spotted an actor on screen and thought that you could do their job? Just remembering a few lines every night and reading them out whilst pretending to be someone you’re not sounds simple, right? Does it make you sick to think about how much actors and actresses get paid for fooling around? Of course there is much more to acting than simply doing the above. Acting is an extremely competitive industry and it can feel impossible to finally make the breakthrough. Despite this, your ideal role might be waiting for you. We are all unique, and your looks, personality or physique might be ideal for a new part being cast, waiting just around the corner! Here are our tips on how you can make the breakthrough.
Work out your ‘type’
When you are scouring the TV, you are sure to see characters that you think you could play. Have you ever realised that these characters all tend to be a certain type, playing a certain role? Work out what your ideal role is, and practice. Once you have established the ideal part for you, you could subconsciously ‘mould’ yourself into that role and when the audition comes, you will be ready to nail it!
Get yourself out there
It is now easier than ever to market yourself in public. The internet provides a valuable platform for showcasing your ability. Many sites allow you to set up a free profile, enabling you to produce videos. Elsewhere, youtube has also been a useful platform for millions of people around the world.
As is the case in so many organisations, making it in the industry is as much about who you know, as what you know (or what you can do). Try and force your way into the minds of the people high up in the industry and when the ideal role becomes available, perhaps it will be you who they choose to call. If you require any tips on networking, one way is to model yourself on the types of people who feel and act relaxed when making friends. Copy their traits and actions, and it is sure to get easier.
The audition process
If you have been asked to audition for a part, then congratulations! This is the first step on the road to stardom. Even if you don’t get the part, don’t see it as failure, simply one step closer to achieving your dreams. Treat auditions as work, and try and enjoy them as much as possible. This will help you to come across professionally. Take the audition seriously, by splashing out on clothes that help you look the part. If you need help financially, you could borrow money quickly.
The waiting game is incredibly frustrating. You might have been to hundreds of auditions and still not been selected for a part. However, as with everything, patience is key. Keep trying, keep positive and your dream role is just around the corner.