There are many people who aspire to be actors but few attempt to pursue their dream to successful limits. Nonetheless, for those who pursue the career to successful limits, there are a number of similarities you will note among them such as hard work, attitude and commitment levels. Acting career is definitely not a walk in the park; but with the big fortune and fame which it holds, there seems to be no adequate force to stop the determined and talented. The following are some important first steps to becoming an actor.
Understand that you will have to start from somewhere. There are sometimes you will find yourself kicked off the auditions. Some of the big stars in acting had at one time been frustrated with the acting career. This does not imply that acting is hard; but the point is determination and patience will have to be employed before you reach your success goals.
There are some stories of people who have shot up to the limelight out of nowhere. Beware of hype. Actors have to start from somewhere. Even the young actors who get into the limelight normally have some experience working with less known producers. From their earlier roles, they get credit to start working with big shots.
Do not expect to get famous instantaneously. You will have to invest patience and hard work to distinguish yourself from others. Through this way, you will work your way to fame and fortune.
In the beginning, prospective actors should not even bother seeking talent agent. You will not get. The best thing is working your own way to getting roles individually. Through these roles, that is where the talent agent will spot you and recruit you from henceforth. Plenty of perseverance and networking will be required for you to be successful at this stage.
Since you are the one who knows yourself better, you are the only one who can identify the best acting jobs for yourself. When looking for tasks to perform, avoid competitive tasks in international theaters. The projects may be promising but the high competition may see you disappointed since there are also professional actors looking for similar post. Start with local theaters in small towns; then after you get experience and credit, go on to international acting.
Learn to perform in front of crowds. You may be comfortable performing in the closet; but when you appear in public, your knees go jelly. This can frustrate your career as panic can even make you forget what you wanted to do. You will also need to understand that you can only gain confidence if only you are exposed to the public hence public performance is the best acid test you have. If the audience cheers after you present a performance, you are on your way to the limelight.
Lastly, once you have built a good resume in acting; establish efficient networking. Have social and friendly characters that will make you approachable. People will be recommending you for opening auditions whenever they lean of upcoming roles.