learning the ropes
have you wondered how to become an actor? how did your favorite movie and television stars get into acting? like many stars in movies, television, music, or sports, the first step they took was to practice and hone their skills. many people think that they are born actors and that might be true, but in a market as competitive as acting, it'll be worth your while to polish your talent. there are many ways you can achieve this.
acting workshops and classes - check in your area to find if there are any acting classes or workshops offered by small theaters groups or acting organizations. during these classes you will be taught different acting techniques and learn how to act in different genres such as horror and comedy. you may also learn the different methods required for theatre acting and film acting. these workshops are a great place to network with fellow actors and members of the industry as well as learn about new opportunities.
acting schools and universities - most universities offer majors in drama and theatre. going to college and learning about the world of acting is a great first step in becoming an actor. you will have to check with the university to learn the requirements for admission into such a program. schools are now offering online degree programs for students who don't live near the university. you would be able to complete you required coursework online, and complete any acting requirements at local theater groups
getting an agent
after you have completed school, attended workshops, and have acted in small plays; and now feel you are ready to act in bigger productions, you may need to consider signing with a casting agent. agents are professional, licensed liaisons between actors and casting directors. finding a casting agent to represent you is a crucial step to finding work as an actor. do not waste time looking for agents online. only trust credible sources which list registered and licensed talent agents. you should attend agent workshops; in these workshops, actors pay to audition in front of a number of agents and casting directors. if an agent likes you, you could get a one on one meeting with the agent before he or she decides to take you on as a client. if your addition goes great, you may have more than one agent interested in you. this way you can choose who to work with.
you have an audition, now what?
remember these points when you audition
make sure you have thoroughly practiced and read through the script
be prepared for anything - sometime you could be asked to do cold reads. don't worry, they can be a lot of fun
dress the part
remember that you are unique and you can bring something to the room no one else can
keep reminding yourself that you and your acting are important. your commitment will show in your performance
remember that acting is hard but it can also be a lot of fun!