If you were to ask most actors today exactly how you become an actor and how you act, they would more than likely tell you what most people believe today. They believe that acting is something you are born with and is not something you just learn over time. They also believe that acting is a form of art you exhibit and something you are just naturally good at. While these points of view do hold very valid points, they could not be farther from the truth. Even professional actors practice for a certain role now and then and acting is something that can be stimulated or taught to one person if they’re willing to learn it.

Can I Make It As An Actor?

Well, that all depends on what you think ‘IT’ is… While there are thousands of actors out there who do work daily and probably even might land commercial jobs, there are a very select few of people who ever make it to become actors who make it into major movies and Hollywood. The likelihood of making it as the main (or even supporting role) in a movie on the big screen is extremely limited.

It’s a big dream for some and some have been doing it for quite a long time. Whatever your goal is and no matter how long you have been working for it, you have to remember that a goal is a goal and it won’t get achieved unless you keep working towards it.

What Do You Want Out Of An Acting Career?

First of all, you have to know exactly what you want out of your future career and exactly what you want right now. Are you looking for a short-term career or just looking to try something new? If so, I wouldn’t necessarily say acting is not for you, but it takes much more commitment than that. Or perhaps you’re looking to land the big movie roles and be the next Al Pacino and star in some of today’s and tomorrow’s biggest movie roles. It’s not an impossible dream because people obviously are doing it, but it’s not an easy or short road.

Do You Need To Move To A City?

One major misconception is that you have to move to a big city in order to become an actor. You see, in today’s wonderful world of technology, the internet and computers, producers and directors have even taken up looking online for possible movie roles. There are various websites that don’t cost anything that will allow you to upload your resume or portfolio to get your name and talents out there, but there is also some self promotion techniques you can do such as uploading videos of your talents to video sharing websites.

However, you don’t need to move to a major town to become an actor. You can practice acting from the very comfort of your own home and that really is what gets most people into the business. It’s not pure luck or just knowing someone in the business, but you need to practice and stay focused. Remember that your dreams won’t become reality all by themselves and that practice makes perfect and to never give up and never let anyone tell you, you can’t do what you want.

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Kit Hurstfield
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A lover of coffee, nature, books & good music, Kit is a Theatre Professional (Director • Writer • Storyteller • Acting Coach) and also a qualified Civil Celebrant. He is following a Druidic path seeking Truth and Light, while being dad to the most amazing Romanian rescue dog: Frodo • 🏳️‍🌈

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