You would like to pursue an acting career or even act as a hobby but you may be wondering where to start. If you have no experience you need to first understand the commitment required. When going to an audition the casting director will select the best candidate. What does this mean for you as the aspiring actor/actress? You will need to make time for the audition as well as learn the lines for any roles you may be selected for.
Being great at something often requires practice and taking the time to learn. You can pick up books and start reading. This will help you to get a feel for different types of acting skills and help develop your understanding of the terminology used in the industry. Sign up for acting workshops in your area. Take an acting class at your local college. Try out for a part in community plays. The latter suggestions not only will help your development as an actor but also allow you to engage with other actors.
You probably won't get every part so make sure that you can financially support yourself during the process of obtaining acting jobs. If you're working another job, save your paid time off and sick days to help cover for audition days. Find ways to save money in case your day goes unpaid. If it won't jeopardize your current employment then talk with your employer and be honest about what you are perusing. It might be possible to change a shift to accommodate your audition/acting schedule or work some overtime.
Another opportunity to get a feel for the business is to work backstage. Working on a set can expose you to many aspects of the business as well as key personnel in those productions. Remember that working backstage is just as important as what's happening on stage. Understanding both aspects is a great advantage for any developing actor. It's also helpful in learning the acting lingo used on a set.
Sign up with a casting agency. Working with an insider who has access to many sources of potential auditions will lend to more opportunities for you. A casting agent will work to find roles that are a fit for you and the client they represent. Casting companies can also be a way to get acting jobs as an extra in films and commercials.
Surrounding yourself with others that share a similar passion for acting will open other opportunities you may not have been aware of. You may end up finding a great rehearsal partner or even a mentor to help guide your career. Get to know the casting agents and directors. Be social!
Most importantly take care of yourself. Staying out late the night before an audition is probably not the best idea. Get sleep, eat healthily and stay hydrated. A well-rested and nourished individual will have a better performance than one who is not. It can be a tough business so allow yourself to be at your very best.