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 role you’re reading for. Whether you’re a Wall Street banker or a low rent thug, make people believe who you’re supposed to be.
7. Don’t make excuses. Sometimes things happen, but other actors will happily take your slot.
8. Practice. Just like any other craft, acting takes work and dedication; don’t just wing it and hope.
9. Don’t turn down roles. Sure you’d rather be the leading man, but if you get offered the villain, take it.
10. Take failure and success in stride. This is a profession, and you have to be professional to work.