| Step One:
You need to become experienced in acting if you are going to become an actor or actress! That means:
1. Take acting classes and attend acting workshops and camps at your school, local theater, college, community center, etc. and practice hard! After all, practice makes perfect!
2. Audition for lots and lots of plays! Even if you don't get the role you wanted, it's experience!. Try hard for the lead role as this is what directors, agents, etc. look for.
3. Attend open casting calls for movies, television shows, etc. Even if you don't have the experience, try anyway because it will show you what other auditions will be like. Even if you don't make it, it's more experience and learning. And maybe, just maybe, you might be lucky enough to get the role! It's a win-win situation.
4. See if your local college or theater group is filming a short film and have an extra spot open for another actor or actress. You might get lucky.
5. Read tons of acting books, books on how to do different accents, books on auditioning, everything you can get your hands on!
6. Always research on the Internet information about acting.
7. You can even make little YouTube videos with your friends of yourself acting out skits!
8. Practice, practice, practice!
Doing these things and maybe a few others that you'll find, you should gain plenty of experience! Step one, complete!
| Step Two:
You've been practicing and acting hard for awhile now and you think you're finally ready to take your career to the next level. This is how you do it.
You need a head shot, or a picture that completely and clearly shows your face, so that casting directors know what you look like. This is a BIG must and your head shot must look clear and nice. You can get them professionally done, get them done at a local store like Kohls, CVS, etc., use a nice school picture, or take them yourself with a good quality camera. It must be recent though. That means you can't use a picture that you took a year ago or when you were six. It has to be within the last few months. It should mostly be your face. Do not use a picture that shows your entire body and do not make the photo in black and white. Color is standard. The picture should be printed on 8 inches by 10 inches paper.
Next is your resume. In your resume you should include your phone number, name, age, experience, special talents, etc. Here is a picture of an example acting resume.
You can also look up more sample resumes if this one isn't doing it for you.
This should also be printed on an 8 inches by 10 inches piece of paper.
Once you have finished this step, you can move on to step three!