Behind the glitz and glamour of the showbiz industry a lot of sweat and tears goes into achieving greatness, but it is possible to learn how to become an actor with no experience. You will spend years of your career honing your craft and amassing an arsenal of technique to assist you in landing auditions, but every actor started out just where you are sitting today. Whether you are looking for a fun hobby, or a full blown career, these five steps can help give you a leg up on anyone else just starting in the industry.
- Do NOT move to a major market right away. Being an actor in Los Angeles or New York is remarkably difficult for performers with decades of training and experience. But if you are an actor with no experienc,e don’t even think about trying. While there may be one or two people in the history of film and television that got off a bus and were instantly discovered, most of them have to struggle just to try to get unpaid work. If you are green, stay where are. Get a few years of serious training under your belt, and begin to build up a resume that you are proud of before you even think about making the leap.
- Study. If you want to become an actor with no experience, the first thing you should do is actually get some experience. Find an acting class at a local theatre, or look into professional class if you’re really serious. While it is absolutely possible to get a little work as a novice, you also have nothing to gain by remaining inexperienced. Take some classes and refine your skill. It will take a lot of time and patience, and if you are anxious to get started than by all means, audition for some local projects. But don’t think anyone will take you seriously for too long if you don’t get your butt into a class.
- Audition for anything. The local theatre up the street is doing a production of “A Christmas Carol,” and they are looking for actors just like you. Hungry to learn, and most importantly, willing to work unpaid. If a local car dealership needs a commercial, volunteer to be in it. Go to the local colleges. Even if you live in a very small town, the school probably has some type of film program. Not only will doing these free projects build your resume, it will also get you into the habit of auditioning and performing. There is no better way to learn how to act than to actually act.
- Learn some special skills. Seriously. If you are an actor with no experience, auditioning against a seasoned professional, some of the other stuff you are accomplished in may help land you a part. If you know how to ride a horse, or mountain bike; golf or play tennis and the part requires such understanding, that special skill alone can get you a call back. Diversifying your talents in this way will be doubly important when you move to a major market, so why not start honing these abilities now?
- When all else fails, just play. If you don’t have any experience, the best advice for any novice jumping into the business is this: never forget how to play. Children are a prime example of actors with no experience, and yet in movies like “The Professional,” “Forrest Gump,” “A Christmas Story,” and “Harry Potter” children have turned out some of the most convincing, and moving performances in the history of cinema. In “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson had never acted professionally before, and Watson was praised by critics worldwide for her performance as the know-it-all, Hermione Granger. Sometimes it’s not all about training and experience. Children are so mesmerizing to watch because they have not forgotten what it is like to play, and explore. Children are not afraid to look stupid, and neither should you.