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Intervew With Actor Adam Karst Part 3:
Tips On How To Start Acting
In part 2 of this interview, actor Adam Karst tells the story about how he was contacted by director and actor Jean Claude Van Dam for a part in his most recent movie (now in 2009). In this, part 3 of this exclusive interview, I asked Adam to share with ActingCareerStartUp.com come advice for the newcomer who wants to start acting. Here it is.
Tony: Here is a question I ask to everyone I interview from the industry. Let’s say a person who wants to start acting come up to you and says, “Hey Adam, I know you’ve been in a movie with Jean Claude Van Dam and that you moved to LA and you are getting work as an actor. I want to be an actor too. What advice can you give me to start my acting career?”
Adam: The first thing that I would tell them if they want to start acting is that they should know if this is really what they want to do. That’s important not just for acting, but for anything you do in life. Because if it is what you really want to do, you will go at it with full power, 100%.
Then I would say that you should have a good school and a good teacher and have a good acting technique.
After that, decide where you want to be. LA is best for film and television and New York and maybe London for theatre. I say that even though you can probably get work from a lot of different places, but the chances are greater if you are in one of those places I just mentioned.
If you are really serious and want to start acting, then get up and do something! Don’t just sit around. Go to school. Work on making and creating contacts in the industry. If you need money, don’t go and get a job doing something that has nothing to do with acting or the acting industry.
Tony: What else would you say is important if someone wants to start acting?
Adam: One thing that I noticed is that most of the people who say they want to be actors are not really trying to be actors. Do you know what I mean?
Tony: I believe I do know what you mean, but I would love for you to explain it to my visitors here at ActingCareerStartUp.com and all those who want to start acting.
Adam: First of all, when I first came to LA and told people that I came here to become an actor, so many people told me that it was so hard and difficult and that I would never be able to make it, because there is so much competition and everybody in LA is trying to be an actor and that my chances were not very good, that it is the toughest job in the world and so on. When I heard all that, I started questioning myself and I started asking myself questions like, “ Do you really think you are good enough to be an actor here in LA?” “ Do you think you have what it takes to make it?”
And then I told myself, “No! You can’t listen to them!” and that hearing all that negativity just gave me more drive to be successful. I knew that for me those things weren’t true. Many people hear all that noise and that’s why they don’t really try hard. Here in LA you an see it. A lot of people say they are actors, but there are a lot of them who don’t even get out of the bed in the morning to try and make something happen for their acting careers. A lot of them give up after two or three months. There are not a lot who stay the course. The more you do to stay the course and really try, the bigger your chances are. I believe that if you really stay the course and try hard, that there is no way that you won’t get something. No way! You might not get to be a star, but you will get to be a working actor. And that’s what we want right?
If you get to be a star, that’s the icing on the cake, but if not, then just enjoy the cake, which is working as an actor.
Tony: Have you had people help you along the way?
Adam: You know, of all the people I met thus far since I’ve been here, only one has really helped me. Only one person and I owe that person so much. But most everything I have done, I’ve had to do on my own.
Tony: What’s the title of the film you were in, so that I can look out for it?
Adam: It’s called The Eagle Path.
Tony: What are the most important characteristics for someone who wants to start acting acting?
Adam: One is determination and drive. Another that comes to mind is what I call the ‘rower mentality’. That means that you are willing to get into a row boat and row that boat until you get where you are going. Another is confidence. You absolutely have to believe in yourself. Although, I think the most important thing is that you play at your confidence. In other words, more importantly that actually being confident, is that you look confident to others.
It's very rare to be able to see someone's audition! You'll definitely want to seeAdam's audition video and the official trailer of the film he co-stars in The Eagle Path Starring Jean Claude Van Dam and Adam Karst! You'll find those videos in part 1 of this exclusive interview here on ActingCareerStartUp.com.
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