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How to get discovered is one of the most-asked questions among aspiring actors. What you should know is that while there are incredible stories of actors and actresses getting noticed in a bar or a restaurant and then getting parts in movies and television, these cases are few and far between. What's more, if you bank on that happening to you, you could find yourself like millions of people around the world, who play the lottery all of their lives and never ever win. While getting discovered can be difficult to do, if you go about it in the right way, you will find yourself ahead of your competition and actually getting yourself called in to audition by casting directors and directors directly. Instead of thinking about getting discovered, I like to think about positioning yourself to get discovered. It's a different mentality and it will take some work!
You'll first need to start building a base of good, solid acting skill. But before you just go off and start jumping into classes, try and think about what it is you really want out of your career as an actor/actress. Here are some resources that might help you along in that:
9 Different Types Of Acting Careers
If you want to simplify the question of how to get discovered, you will want to first Figure Out What You Want Out Of Your Acting Career
The Top 10 Reasons Why Most Aspiring Actors Never Make It! (Video) Sign Up button at the right column of this website.
If all you want to do is know how to get discovered, then what's the Big Deal About Knowing What Kind Of Career You Want?!!! Why is it so important to know what you want out of your acting career, you might ask? Its important so that all of your efforts of marketing and networking go in one direction.
Just have a look at the 23 Different Types Of Acting Classes you could consider taking and that alone will give you an idea of all the different possibilities there are for you out there. You cannot possibly be good at all of those things so you have to choose. You also cannot, nor do you want to be everything to everybody. In other words you dont want to be the Jack of all trades and master of none. So pick a direction and go for it!
Everything You Need To Know About Taking Acting Classes: One of the most important how to get discovered things to do!
Here is another resource for you to check out that will give you a lot of information about acting classes in general including:
a. Why you should be taking classes
b. My personal experience with acting classes at the beginning...
c. The many different types of acting classes there are.
d. A guide to help figure out which classes to take first.
e. Casting directors and agents tend to look first at actors who have studied at certain schools. Do you know what acting schools they're talking about?
f. If you have certain criteria in mind when you are looking for a school or class, you are more likely to find it. This page has a list of criteria to consider.
g. Find an acting school in a city near you.
h. A Hollywood acting coach tells how you know if you're in the right class.
How To Get Discovered: VIS-Very Important Steps!
Once you have some training under your belt, you can think about going on to the next step. To start getting work, obviously you will need a professional acting resume, a professional acting headshot, an acting resume and an acting cover letter. In addition, there are industry events you should be attending and that can get you recognition by the right people if you play your cards right. In general you'll need to know how to effectively contact agents and casting directors (not to be underestimated) and put those five things together to increase the likelihood of your getting lots of acting jobs. Lets look at them one by one.
1. First, find out how to contact the agents and casting directors you want to contact, who casts the types of projects you are interested in and how to know what your type is and why that is so important to know for your marketing of yourself.
2. Know what makes a good actor head shot and how to make sure yours is of that quality. When you find that out, also see if you can find out why many head shots and resumes get thrown in the trash when they arrive at agents' and casting directors' offices and how to keep that from happening to you.
3. Find out how to format your professional acting resume properly, what casting directors and agents actually look for on your resume. Find out what an agent will expect from you in an interview. Know what agents actually do and what they look for in actors.
4. A head shot and resume sent to an agency without a good acting cover letter could get your materials trashed. Know how to write a good, concise cover letter that states what you want, why you want it and what you can do for the agent or the casting director you are addressing.
And Don't Forget To Network!
5. If you really want to see how to get discovered, you need to go to places where you are likely to find casting directors and agents. Think about some of the networking events you could and should be attending to make contacts:
- Film/theatre festivals
- Manhattan/LA Monologue Slam
- Participate In Staged Readings Of Plays
- Forums with casting directors and agents
- Meet and greets (usually evening events set up so you can meet casting directors and agents)
- Acting trade shows and fairs
By taking the time, first to get yourself in the right acting classes then, learning how to network and make contact with the people who can help you to get acting work, you will propel yourself to success much faster than your competition!
For more information on how to get discovered, have a look at our acting career videos. Good luck!
I hope this makes it easier for you to answer the question for yourself about how to get discovered!
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