The Stages of an Acting Career

Everyone wants to have a career. To be paid to do what is their passion and to quit a horrible job. It is not common for actors to achieve this goal, and it can take many years of hard work. It’sIt’s no surprise that many people give up and try to find other jobs in the industry, such as producers, directors, writers, teachers, etc. Let’sLet’s look at each stage of an acting career. I encourage you to see the whole picture. Instead of dwelling on where you are now, think about the next steps and how you should go.

The Training Actor

Training is the foundation of every actor’s acting career. This phase is essential, and many actors skip it. Every day we get emails from actors asking how they got on “Netflix”. They don’t have any acting experience, no agent or foundational training. They also live in Alaska. It is hard, but they have to accept it. You won’twon’t be able to make it as an actor if you don’tdon’t train. You won’t be able to make a living as a musician if you don’tdon’t train. You can’t just pick up a guitar to expect to be The Beatles. And you certainly cannot expect to become Judi Dench by picking up a script.

Philosophical rules are my favourite. Malcolm Gladwell’s “10,000-hour rule” is my favourite. Gladwell takes people at the top in their fields and adds how many hours they worked on their craft while growing up and training. According to Gladwell, experts in any field require 10,000 hours per year. You were considered “good” if you worked less than 10,000 hours. You were “okay” with a total of around 5,000 hours. How many hours did you spend acting?

Being a trainee actor was a great experience. It was fun, it encouraged me to try new things and take risks, but most importantly, I was learning. Every day, all day, in a classroom. Because I was enrolled in full-time drama school, I was inspired the most I have ever felt. I didn’t need to worry about auditions or getting an agent yet. It came out to be around 4,000 hours of training at Drama School. I had another 6,000 hours to go after I graduated. I believe that you should get to the classroom and stay there. Training is the first stage of an actor’sactor’s acting career. However, your training should continue throughout your career.

The Emerging Actor

This is an exciting phase. You have just graduated from Drama School or another training institution and are full of energy and untapped inspiration. You are eager to make a difference in the industry and get out there. This crucial phase involves first impressions, meetings, and new experiences. Many actors skip the Training Phase and jump straight to the Emerging Phase. I have never seen it work.

The Hustling Actor

This is when your momentum may slow down a bit. This is where many actors get it wrong. Instead of trying to keep the momentum and the inspiration going, they turn bitter. They feel ”duped” and spend their time drinking or complaining about their fellow actors at cafes.

This phase is difficult, there there’s no doubt about that. Either you persevere, or you give in and sink. To build your work portfolio, you will need to work free. You’ll also need to continue your education by taking weekly masterclasses and classes. Finally, you’ll need relationships within the industry. Be friendly, positive, and hardworking. Do your research, go to as many audition rooms as possible, and if that fails, make a tape and send it to the agent. Keep in touch and keep game-planning.

This phase can last for years, so be prepared. This is a long, hard, exhausting ride with little reward until…

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