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Taking the First Steps As an Actor

Updated: Feb 27

Ever wanted to become an actor? Has it been your dream but you have no idea how to start? Then this is for you!

First off, welcome to my blog! For those of you who don’t know, I’m Rebecca and I'm a former-ish Australian actor and current director, writer, and producer who's finished studying a diploma in Entertainment Management last year. This will be filled with all my tips and advice I've learned over the years and am still learning (thanks to those people). I’ll be posting a new blog every Saturday & Tuesday.


I thought the best way to kick this off would be to give my best tips of what I’ve learnt over the years and things I’ve done (even if not fully successfully) when I first started in the industry. There’s way too many out there, but I’m just going to mention some.

So without further ado, here are my top six tips!


1. Work Out Where You Want to Work

When you thinking about working as an actor, do you see yourself more as a theatre actor or in film & television? Musical theatre? Maybe a mix of some or all of them. Working out which you want to work in, will help you with the rest of the tips. And if you do want to do all, don’t let anyone tell you can’t. Trust me, people will but it’s possible! 2. Get Training:

The first thing to do is to get some training under your belt. You need to learn the basics of how to read and analyse a script, work with other actor’s and audition. You can choose a variety of classes which include scene study, on-camera audition, and self-tape audition. If you down more of the theatre or musical theatre road, then you may have to invest in more classes that focus on stage work, singing, and dancing. If you have no idea where to start, Google is your best friend. Or reach out to any friends or family in the industry you may know (there’s always one).


3. Get Headshots Once you’ve got some training under your belt, or even while you’re training, you need to get professional headshots. The only way to get auditions or roles is via headshots. They need to look professional and stand out so you have the best chance to succeed in the industry. Once you have headshots, you can also move onto more professional training and workshops with people such as casting directors and directors. My next blog will touch more on headshots, so stay tuned to gain more information about them.


4. Build Up Your Resume Once you have some headshots and training under your belt, you should continue training but also audition for independent projects, whether this is theatre productions, feature films, web series, or short films to build your resume to get eventually get representation. Short films and web series are very popular everywhere, especially in universities. Working on projects is also a great way to build connections with up-and-coming directors and writers, which could lead to future work. It’ll help to get auditions for more professional work.


5. Create a Showreel

After you have a few credits under your belt, you should create a showreel that will, as the title implies, showcase your best work and abilities. You can also pay professionals to write, film, and edit some scenes or showreel for you. If the work you get back from productions is not of great quality, which happens a lot more than you think, you may want to consider that.

6. Build Your Social Media

In this day and age, social media plays a huge part in an actor’s career. Having a Facebook and Instagram page is key to both creating a presence, building connections, promoting work, and sometimes is a deciding factor of whether you get a role. You should have a mix of personal life, work, and promotion on Instagram and mainly work and promotion on Facebook. I will have a blog on this later for some tips and tricks.


And there you have it. My top six tips. There's lots more to do with agents and managers, which I will dive into later but for now, focus on those things and you're on the right road to starting your journey as an actor. Stay tuned for my next article on Tuesday where I will talk about headshots and how you can use them to stand out!


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Stay safe during this time and catch you next time.


Rebecca.




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