All actors have strengths and weaknesses. Some can glimpse a script and it’s stored in their memory at once. Others have vocals that don’t even need warming up before a rehearsal. As an actor, you must acknowledge your strengths; it is very important. You should also know your challenges and work on improving them. We, at The Playground, see these as the most common challenges actors face.
Do you dream about becoming an actor? Like any profession, it’s good to have a clear understanding of what is expected beforehand. While the role of an actor is fabulous, there’s much to consider.
There are great benefits and engaging experiences in acting. But it requires hard work, commitment, and dedication. Let’s look at 4 things to consider before becoming an actor.
While there is no standard way to write an acting resume, here is one that covers all the bases. The first part, at the very top of the page, should be your professional name in a larger font than the rest. It can be in bold type, underlined and italicized. Under that you should put your union affiliations. Next should be your contact phone number. It’s OK to have multiple numbers. An e-mail address or your URL has quickly become customary in the next part of the resume.
Mark Twain said, “Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life”.
It may not be the regular 9 to 5, but make no mistake, acting is a job! In the same manner, an athlete practices non-stop to stay ready, so too actors spend much of their time in classes and with coaches to keep their acting skills sharp. One major technique that coaches and teachers use is acting games.
Having a talent or a knack for acting would only get you so far. Anyone can stand in front of a camera or a crowd and speak, even if they’re shy. But the goal is to do it effectively. As an actor, your impact comes not only from what you say but more importantly, how you say it. You want your audience to feel what your character felt. Your performance should help them understand your character’s experience, motive, thoughts, etc.