How to Begin a Career in Drama

It is possible to become an actor with no experience. If that’s what you want to do, however, you must be good at planning. You will also need to study up and polish your skills. Even so, it is highly advisable not to get too romantic about it and expect to get called back for a lot of auditions immediately. It would also be advisable to have a day job at first so that you can cover your expenses until you do get more experienced and start getting called back for more and more auditions.

Some Tips for Starting with No Experience

  • Read, study, and practice. Aside from the literal meaning of this, you should also get very familiar with the industry, find out who’s currently in it, and get down some marketing techniques that you think will be effective for you.
  • Start small and local. If you live in or near a big city, such as L.A. or New York, you’ll probably be in luck to go for some auditions for local Broadway productions, etc. However, they are very competitive and expensive so it’s highly recommended that you have a day job. If you don’t, you don’t have to fret.’ Even if you live in a small town, you can ask your local City Hall when they’re going to have their next local show. Or maybe think of one you could put on yourself, that would show that you have some leadership skills.
  • Always nurture your special skills and marketing plans. They’re like muscles that you either use or lose. Don’t hesitate to take any side parts you may be offered-such as being an extra. A lot of novice actors get romantic and try to skip through this stage completely. Even polishing small skills from juggling to riding a bike can come in very handy later on. As for the marketing, be sure you have a presence on social media and your own website. You can pay a web designer to help you with the latter but you’re going to have to work with him or her very carefully about what you have in mind.
  • Expect a lot of rejection. You won’t be right for every part and some projects simply have more auditioning than they can accept for the part. The best thing you can do is accept it as part of the job and not take it personally. Do update your resume every time you do get accepted and go through with a production.

School

One of the best ways that you can get into the acting field is by taking drama classes. If you’re in high school, check to see whether there are any drama classes or after-school activities ASAP. If you are planning to further your education, look up and research schools known for their drama programs. Drama classes are the best way in which you can study and polish the various skills you will need to get into major Broadway productions and movies. Drama schools can prepare you for the various auditions and rejections, you will also get to learn about the history of movies and stage production, theater and movie music as well as the current methods of stage production.