If you know you have a passion for acting and you are only in high school, you have a head start on a lot of people. Actors like Samuel L. Jackson, Sylvester Stallone, and Tim Allen didn’t start acting until around there 30’s or after. But how do you take advantage knowing you want to act at a young age? How can you make sure you spend your time wisely now so that when it comes time to audition for the role of your dreams, you are ready?
Well…we have a few tips.
1. Your High School
As for film classes, taking one would be ideal in preparing you for a life in acting. The opportunity to learn about the entire filmmaking process is one you don’t want to pass up on. If you don’t find yourself able to take a film class, however, it never hurts to ask around to see if any other students may need actors for their projects.
2. Community Theater
Working in community theater can allow you to improve upon your audition skills, help you learn professionalism on set, and help you develop fundamental acting skills.
3. Local Colleges, Craigslist, Independent Films
This is an easy way to get yourself real experience in front of a camera, and since the crew will be learning too, you can relax and experiment with your acting style.
Too many people waste their time waiting for opportunities to come to them. If you want to improve your skills and become the best actor you can, you always have the option of shooting something of your own. Pick up a camera, grab a few friends and create something. Even if it is something as simple as a vine, the experience of getting in front of the camera is worth having. Fool around with your computer and your phone and learn something about camera angles. Pop in a movie and assess your favorite actor’s character choices. Make the snap story of all snap stories! It doesn’t matter what it is, just get out there and do it.
What is the endgame for you? Do you want to be a televisions star, movie star, broadway star? What does it mean to be an actor? Download our Film Career Guide below to find out more about the career opportunities open to someone pursuing an acting related degree.