Acting is one of those professions in which the earlier you start, the more likely you are to succeed. While some parents might scoff at the idea of letting their daughters become actresses at such a young age, 13 is actually a good time to start honing your skills in this creative profession. After all, it gives girls plenty of time to see if they are any good at it, and allows them to see whether it is something they might wish to pursue later on at the college level.
Take acting classes at your school or at a local theater. Private acting lessons are also an option, if there are professional actors in your area who offer this service.
Audition for plays at your school and at local theaters. Casting calls will typically be announced in the entertainment section of the newspaper. Look for plays that are casting for children’s and teenager’s roles.
Make a resume. On it, you should list what plays, movies and other acting credits you have acquired. You should also briefly detail your training as an actress, and any special skills you happen to have in addition to acting (such as singing, dancing, dialects and so on).
Take professional headshot photographs. The photos should be in black-and-white and present a modest, straightforward image of your face.
Find an agent. Once you have acquired a significant amount of credits, schedule an interview with a talent agent. This is your pathway to getting roles in films, television and major theater productions.
Tips & Warnings
- You should be open-minded about the roles you will get in the beginning. The great advantage of starting out at a young age is that you have the opportunity to learn while in the spotlight. Very few actresses receive starring roles at the very beginning of their careers. Rather, expect to play smaller roles while working your way to the top.
- Unscrupulous agents might ask you for a fee in exchange for their services. If you come across one of these individuals, you know you are dealing with a rip-off artist. You should never have to pay to audition for anything or for an agent. Agents work on commission; they find you audition opportunities for paid roles, and in the event that you land the role, they will take a percentage—usually between 10 and 15 percent of your total salary.
- "Acting: Working in the Theatre"; Robert Emmet Long, Kate Burton; 2006
- Photo Credit Stage Curtains image by Darragh Tobin from Fotolia.com
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