There are thousands of people pursuing their dreams of becoming an actor or actress, but it takes a lot of hard work to make it in the industry and not everyone sees their name in lights above a Broadwaytheatre or the opening of a Hollywood movie. So, what can you do to help your chances of success?
Master Your Craft: A lot of people think acting is easy, you just turn up for an audition and basically wing it. This is far from the truth, acting is a craft that takes years to master and most of the best performers have been studying their trade for decades. If you want to continuously improve, you must take acting classes and put yourself forward for exciting new roles. There is no point in staying in your comfort zone, you must challenge yourself and take your skills to another level whenever you get the opportunity. You’ll find that most talent scouts and agencies will hire a young female actress in London or other places once they’ve established their background history. That means checking to see if their portfolioshows diversity and not just a person settling for the same parts.
Punctuality: Being late for auditions, either while filming or on stage is one of the most annoying things for any producer or director to encounter. If you get a reputation for having poor punctuality, you may find yourself struggling to get work. A lot of casting sessions are usually just a few minutes long, so if you miss your slot, you could easily lose the job to another actor. If you aren’t early for casting sessions, you are better off not showing up at all.
Don’t Wing It: Before you arrive at your audition, you must be sure thatyou’ve learned your lines, a lot of actors and actresses learn a couple of lines and try to “wing it” the rest of the way. This usually ends in tragedy and they fail their audition miserably. You should practice your lines before every try-out, directors and casting crew know many people in the industry, so if you turn up ill prepared, they’ll tell their friends about it.
Stick to the Script: It is highly offensive to change the script and use your own lines when at any audition or film. The only time this can be done is when an established actor or actress knows the writer and suggests a minor change. If you’re just starting out, the last thing you should do is insult the script writer by changing their lines. If you’d like to write your own dialogue, then why not become a writer and stop trying to make it as an actor or actress.
Some of the most famous actors and actresses in the business didn’t get their big break until long into their careers, so don’t get discouraged if things are getting difficult. It only takes one role to propel you into super stardom, that’s why it is important to approach each audition or part with absolute professionalism.