Becoming an Actor?

Discussion in 'Community' started by SpaceMagic, Jun 27, 2005.

  1. SpaceMagic macrumors 68000


    Oct 26, 2003
    Cardiff, Wales
    Hey guys,

    Considering a lot of Mac people work in the media business I wanna ask a question.

    I've just finished my A-Levels (for non uk ppl: final exams in high school) and I feel lost. Sure, I've applied to do a course at University (International Management and German) but, although I want to do it, I feel I'm not being 100% true to myself. I'll cut the cheesey cr*p but I wanna ask a few questions about acting..

    1) Do you have to love yourself?
    2) Do you have to go to acting college (thus spending time with people who love themselves)
    3) Can you just send your CV off to a load of people and see what gets said?

    Any of you acted before? If so, how did you get into it?

    Cheers guys.

  2. mymemory macrumors 68020


    May 9, 2001
    What in the hell do you mean? you have to love yourself any way unless you are commiting suicide everyday.

    ¿What in the hell is your problem with people loving themselves?

    No, you just have to make every single audition or casting for them to see how you act, that can no be puted on paper. Or you can have a demo reel but you will have to make an audition any way.

    I am not an actor but I have done tons of tv comercials and I know the business. Just take a class, do a lot of performances and every single audition for you to know what style you like the most.

    Acting require a lot of wisdom because you will have to create "faces" and personalities just like the criminals does when they get arrested or when your 3 year old kid wants to manipulate you. You have to look convincing and have a tridimentional view on how you look like from the outside when you are acting.
  3. SpaceMagic thread starter macrumors 68000


    Oct 26, 2003
    Cardiff, Wales
    Hehe... thanks.. i think.

    Of course ppl love themselves, but I think you know what I mean. You only have to watch the film Fame.

    Otherwise thanks for the rest of your comments.
  4. Applespider macrumors G4


    Jan 20, 2004
    looking through rose-tinted spectacles...
    There's a reason that there are so many actors's a very hard industry to break into. And with the current trend for 'reality TV' there are fewer jobs for actors as part work.

    I assume you've been doing some acting already - in school/local productions - to have a CV worth sending out and some audition pieces that show off your acting/singing/dancing talents.

    Bear in mind that you'll be up against those little brats..oops, little darlings... who have been at stage school learning voice production (speaking and singing), acting, dancing.

    Your best bet is probably to find an agency who specialises in bit parts for TV/ads and see what they recommend. It also helps to live in an area where there's a lot of production going on so that it's easier for you to get to auditions etc without forking out a lot of cash.
  5. SpaceMagic thread starter macrumors 68000


    Oct 26, 2003
    Cardiff, Wales
    I.e. Not South Wales :p
  6. MacNut macrumors Core


    Jan 4, 2002
    Directors are always looking for good talent, so if you can shine above the rest and get your name noticed you can get roles. It also helps if you know somebody in the industry. Also be prepared to kiss a lot of butt because if you don't you wont make it anywhere.
  7. evil_santa macrumors 6502a


    Sep 23, 2003
    London, England
    I have worked with a lot of voice over artist, who are often actors, most of them,
    1. love themselves
    2. talk louder than anyone else in the room
    3. think the are the most important person in the room
    4. constantly tell you that they are an actor
    5. name-drop
    6. are incredibly confident
    7. are close personal friends with Shane Richie or someone similar

    If you fit all the above you will need some kind of showreel to get any work, your best bet is to join the local amateur dramatic society to get some experience.
  8. efoto macrumors 68030

    Nov 16, 2004
    Cloud 9 (-6)
    You simply have to love industries like that :p, but on second thought which industry isn't like that? What a shame.

    I acted in middle school, held the leading role in both of our school plays when I was in 7th and 8th grade. We had auditions even at that age, but apparently my memorization skills (needed for stage plays more than short-length stuff) and extroverted personality made me a winner. Aladdin was first, that was a lot of work and a lot of lines but a great play and I had a ton of fun. We did some play in 8th grade which I don't remember the title, but I held King which was not nearly as ''cool'' as Aladdin ;)

    I would suggest getting out to as many auditions as possible and getting 'professional' feedback. If you are serious about it then you won't take the criticism poorly, and you will be criticised, make no mistake. Just stick with it and see what happens. As Applespider stated, there are a lot of out-of-work actors, so pursuing other avenues alongside acting might be wise to make a few bucks if you find yourself out of work.

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