Saturday 6 March 2010

Things to consider

I've been doing a lot of reading, watching and listening over the past few weeks. There are many things that seem to be important to be aware of. As with acting as a business, some of the things I've learned are common sense, others I am glad someone told me. In order to give yourself the best possible shot at becoming a full time (paid) actor, there are many things to consider. Over the next few days I'm going to talk about some of these things here.

Today: Know what kind of actor you are.
Knowing what kind of actor you are is important. It will give you the knowledge necessary for you to market yourself right. So, ask yourself, are you a lead actor or a character actor? I am guessing we all want to get those fantastic lead roles in all the famous plays and great films. But if we're honest with ourselves, we might not fit the mold for being a lead actor. On the other hand we may be just right for the quirky, the mysterious, the downright scary or completely off their rocker character roles. Know your niche, play to your own strengths and own who you are as an actor.

Once you have an idea of where your strength lie, maybe build your CV by concentrating on getting jobs, paid or unpaid, that fit the bill. That does not however mean you should strive for being type-cast (unless that's what you want, of course)!

Any more suggestions on how to go about finding your inner actor and how to build a CV around her/him? Please shoot!

Until tomorrow. Happy thinking!

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