Becoming an actor can take a lot of time and effort. Even if you’re a naturally gifted performer, it’s still important to work on your skills and to seek guidance professional guidance. We’ll focus on the importance of taking acting classes, the importance of having knowledge on the acting industry, when it’s appropriate to get headshots taken, when to create a showreel and how to find a talent agent. So here are our 6 acting tips for beginners to help you move forward with your acting journey.
1. Do some professional acting classes
One of the most important things for anyone that wishes to pursue a career in acting to do is take acting classes. For those of you that have never had any acting experience before, it’s going to be a much longer process for you to build talent. Start with some beginners acting classes until you’re ready to move on to a more advanced class. Acting classes are essential in order to learn techniques, characterisation, improvisation and to learn how to overcome stage fright. However, it is important to understand that real talent cannot be taught. Not everyone has what it takes to become a professional actor for film, TV and theatre. Many amateur actors often make the mistake of thinking that they will become an acting sensation after just a few weeks of training, and that is far from the reality.
2. Broaden your knowledge
Taking professional acting classes is, of course, one of the most important things any aspiring actor can do. However, broadening your knowledge on all things acting related can also be a great help. Watch more films, watch actors performing live at the theatre, read more plays, discover playwrights that you might like and study books on acting.
3. Get Some Professional Headshots Taken
Once you’ve mastered your acting techniques and you feel confident enough to start thinking about doing acting professionally, it’s time for you to take the plunge and get some professional headshots taken. This won’t be a cheap task, but it will be a worthy investment for your future. Casting agents are extremely unlikely to consider an actor for a job if they don’t have professional headshots.
4. Get Some Acting Experience
Once you’ve had your professional headshots taken, it’s time for you to start trying to get some acting experience. Sign up for casting agencies for extra work and go to as many open auditions as possible. Another great thing to do is join an amateur theatre company that hold regular showcases. This is a great way to gain vital performing experience. It’s also a great way to network with other industry professionals.
5. Create a Memorable Showreel
A showreel is one of the most important tools for showcasing your acting talents. To create a memorable showreel, it’s imperative that you show yourself acting in as many different ways as possible, in a short amount of time. I bet you’re thinking, do I need to hire someone to professionally film and edit the scenes? The answer is, it’s entirely up to you. You could get some friends and family to help you and it might just look the part. But if you want to have the best showreel possible, hiring a professional is definitely the best option. Of course, if you don’t have the funds to do so, reach out to a friend that has a high-quality camera and good video editing skills.
6. Find an Agent
One of the most important things any actor can do is to find a good agent. This might sound like a simple task, but any actor will tell you, it’s not as easy as it sounds. Finding an acting agent that is willing to sign you can be very difficult. Since the acting industry is extremely competitive, it’s hard for newbie actors to get noticed. Talent agencies receive an overwhelming number of enquiries every day, so you really need to have some reputable experience behind you. Always make sure that you have references and recommendations from companies/organisations that you’ve worked with pin the past. When you finally get signed to an acting agency, it will increase your chance of finding work.
And there you have it! We hope you found our 6 Acting Tips for Beginners useful and insightful. Before you go, please remember that becoming an actor is not an easy task, and it can take some people many years to perfect their technique. However, if you have the passion, drive, dedication and talent to achieve your acting goals, you will go a long way!
– Shadia Ashiru