What Roles Are Best For Me?
Neophyte actors often question the kind of roles that help their acting careers. Choosing roles can be dicey. For example, young female actresses can play the role of elderly women easily. Elderly women can’t play young women with credibility. Wynona Ryder played the role of a grandmother in “Edward Scissorhands,” credibly. A senior Joan Crawford bombed in the role of a twenty-eight year old in a daytime soap opera. It’s extremely important to understand the character Read the rest of this entry »
The term “actor” is kind of a misnomer because it suggests that the actor is merely acting – pretending. If that is what you are interested in seeing – pretenders playing house – then there is plenty of that already on television. Heck, you can get hundreds of channels like that until your heart’s content from places like http://www.cable-tv.com/Cheap-Cable/.
However, if you are looking to become a real actor and not like the pretenders on television, then you really have to live it. You must become the role that you are playing. You must be consumed by it and then make it your own – assimilate.
For some people, this means changing your way of life, where you live, the way you talk, the food you eat, and the things you buy for however long it takes to finish the movie and the role. To be a great actor requires a great sacrifice. It requires the extinguishment of ego and self.
Daniel Day-Lewis is one of the best actors of our time and if you look at his filmography, you will see that it is comparatively smaller than some of the “bigger” actors. It’s because acting isn’t a game to Day-Lewis – it’s a way of life and a frame of mind.
If you’re interested in acting, you may be wondering where you can go to audition for acting roles. Once you graduate from high school or college, this can be challenging. However, there are a variety of places that you can find roles to audition for.
The first thing to do is to find out if your town has a community or local theater group. Most of these groups have websites that you can go to and find out their schedules and planned performances. From there you should be able to find acting roles to try out for.
Additionally, you Read the rest of this entry »
Talent is important for an actor. Training and experience are also important factors that provides an edge with an agent. Before considering an agent, do make sure you are ready for that big break by taking classes and by working, even if it is in local theaters or small-market media work. In other words, pay your dues.
Don’t think that just because you look like a celebrity, you are ready for a big-time agent. Agents that work with A-list clients will only discourage the new Read the rest of this entry »
So you think your acting skills are pretty good, just need a few kinks worked out? Following; tips to help you iron your technique.
One great way to improve your acting is to become an avid observer. Go to the park, the mall, or anywhere with lots of people. Observe their movements, their facial expressions and gestures. Just be careful not to look creepy. Getting arrested might not bode well for your career.
People watching is a great way to open your mind and imagination. That man with the briefcase over there, could he be an Read the rest of this entry »
1. Be punctual and work hard. Just because you’re acting that’s no reason to treat it different than any other job.
2. Be friendly and personable. Even if you’re playing a villain, people like to work with actors that keep things professionsl.
3. Prepare your lines and character. Even if you only have a few, deliver them with force and verve.
4. Keep your headshot up to date. Headshots are how many directors will cast you, so make sure they know what you look like.
5. Listen to direction. A little advice from the director can go a long way.
6. Commit to the Read the rest of this entry »
One of the main keys to becoming a successful actor or actress will be finding a school that teaches their students how to showcase their talents. It’s very important to find an acting school that focuses on your acting goals. Selecting a school is a personal decision, one that must feel right for the individual.
We are fortunate to have many great acting schools in the country. Some of the best are:
The Julliard School – Located in New York City, the Read the rest of this entry »