There's no one way to become an actor, no set of steps you can go through and "volia" you're an actor or something. But basically the first step is to get realistic and give up the fantasy that people are discovered and given an acting career. That's not how the industry works. People...
Best answer: There's no one way to become an actor, no set of steps you can go through and "volia" you're an actor or something. But basically the first step is to get realistic and give up the fantasy that people are discovered and given an acting career. That's not how the industry works. People invest a lot of money in their productions and they trust that investment to trained and experienced professionals. Which leads to the next step - get quality training and experience. And remember that it's show BUSINESS, people are in it to make money and not make your dreams come true. There are alot of scams and rip offs that prey on people who don't understand how the business works - so learn the business end of the industry.
So for advice, I suggest you start with seeing if you really have a passion for acting. That means taking some acting classes. Voice and dance lessons can be fun too. Audition for what you can like school plays, community theater, church shows and the like. Join drama club. Compete in forensic speech/drama contests. Read plays and scripts of all kinds and keep an eye out for characters you love and monologues you want to develop and perform those with friends. Even get together with others and make your own films for fun. Find out if you love the craft of acting - analyzing a script, building a character, memorizing lines and blocking, rehearsing, taking direction, working to cast and crew as well as performing. And see if you're incredibly good at it.
From there you can research and learn what is really involved in attempting a professional acting career. You need to understand the casting process (agents, casting directors, breakdowns); legal issues (contracts, unions, taxes); marketing (head shots, resumes, show reel, website, social media), networking and the like. Attempting a professional acting career is like starting and running your own business where you are the product to be marketed and sold. With a realistic understanding of the industry, you can set goals and make a plan to reach those goals. Backstage has helpful articles about the industry (https://www.backstage.com/advice-for-actors/backstage-experts/backstage-guide-to-becoming-an-actor/ ) and Brian O'Neil has a good book about acting as business which you might find helpful.
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