Jobs for actors
Jobs for actors fall into many categories—extras,
theatre, community theatre, independent films and television. Talent
agencies often play a vital role in the success of an actor. An agent
will represent clients for work as extras in films or television, as
well as lead and principal roles. Talent agents will help you find both
union and non-union work. Some agencies have a lot of agents, and in
some agencies there are only one or two.
One of the most important things to do as an actor is to secure an
agent for your self. You need to look for certain things when choosing
a talent agent. Your talent agent is the one who will find auditions
for you. Whether you are looking for substantial parts in commercials,
modeling, television, films or theatre. If you have never had a talent
agent before, consider what kind of work you want to do and what kind
of talent agency is best suited to provide you with a talent agent who
can find you auditions in that kind of work. Few actors spend their
entire professional life with one agent. Do not be afraid to hire a
new talent agent if you find one who will work better with you.
Another important thing for some actors is to join an actors union.
Becoming a union member will make your talent search much easier and
allow you to obtain more experience as an actor.
Something else needed in finding jobs for actors is a strong resume,
which, of course, includes a good black and white headshot—if
you have little experience, your talent agent should be the one to help
you build up that resume. You can also be taught to buff up your resume
in acting school.
Acting education is very important for the aspiring actor—for
many reasons. It will keep your skills polished and your confidence
up. You will learn tricks of the trade that cannot be learned elsewhere.
The best schools to attend are those that have teachers with good reputations,
and perhaps some who are well-known in the acting industry.
Of course the only way to get work as an actor is to audition. There
are several rules of thumb for auditioning. The most important secret,
I blieve is to have two monologues perfectly polished and prepared when
you go in to audition. Even though almost every audition calls for only
one monologue. If you have two, if the director asks if you have anything
else you can say, “yes, there is another piece I have been working
on,” and perform it perfectly. This shows the director right away
that you are a deticated and talented actor.