Networking is a huge part of becoming an actor–the more people you know, the more opportunities you’re likely to find! Here, Brooklyn, NY teacher Liz T. shares her tips for networking success…
Being a professional actor is no easy task, but making sure you are at the right place at the right time in front of the right people will definitely increase your odds of getting noticed in the entertainment industry! Here’s my advice on how to become an actor through successful networking:
1. Move to a city where acting is happening. You’ve got to place yourself where all the action is happening; NYC, LA, Boston, Chicago, Nashville, Las Vegas, and Orlando are just a few cities where there are many acting opportunities in film, TV, and theater. Perform as much as you can in your hometown and use the resources you have there to help you save your pennies and prepare you for moving to a big city!
2. Get involved. Start going on auditions for theater or film. You never know what kind of actors you may meet at these auditions, who may help you in your career, or the types of directors you will be seen by. These casting directors are the key to getting you in front of the camera or on stage, so it is wise to make yourself noticed (in a positive way). Many casting directors also have meet-and-greets at auditions, or you can look into seminars that you can attend at a low cost, such as Actorfest or Talent Meet Rep in NYC. Also, start registering with the casting directors in your city–many will keep you on file, so when a major film or TV show is in your city, they could perhaps call you for work! Being a background actor in film and TV is a great way to start.
3. Attend shows and classes. Take as many dance, theater, and acting classes as you can. Again, you never know who is watching and what connections you may make! Treat every improv class or Broadway show as a new opportunity and chance to network with other people who are passionate about your career. This will keep your acting skills fresh!
4. Use social media to network. I have gotten so many of my acting and music contacts just by simply having a professional presence on social media. Use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube to your advantage to follow actors that inspire you, and learn about new shows and companies. It is a great way to start that personal connection! Also, start a website that showcases your work, resume, headshots, etc. Again, you want to a create a strong presence!
5. Be your own agent. Trying to find an agent can be a very daunting task, so don’t be afraid to be your own agent and constantly submit yourself for roles, showcases, and jobs. You can also create your own opportunities by writing a musical you could star in or a screenplay you could envision yourself acting in.
Now that you know how to become an actor, make sure to continue improving your skills through classes or private acting lessons. Keep your head up, and with hard work and determination you will be on your way to becoming a successful actor!
Liz T. teaches online singing, acting, and music lessons. She is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music with a B.M in Vocal performance and currently performs/teaches all styles of music including Musical Theater, Classical, Jazz, Rock, Pop, R&B, and Country. Learn more about Liz here!
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