Becoming a working actor in film and television is a dream for many aspiring performers. However, it takes more than just talent and passion to make it in this competitive industry. As a Danish actress based in London and Copenhagen, I have learned a lot about what it takes to succeed in this field. In this blog post, I will share my insights on what you need to do to become a working actor in film and television.
1. Get Training and Education
Acting is a skill that requires practice and development. One way to enhance your abilities is by enrolling in acting classes or a dedicated acting program. Along with acting lessons, it's also worth considering taking classes focused on voice and movement to improve your vocal range and physical performance as an actor.
2. Create a demo reel
A demo reel is a short video that showcases your acting abilities and can be used to promote yourself to casting directors and producers. Your demo reel should include clips of your best performances, and it should be well-produced and edited. Depending on your editing skills, consider hiring a professional video editor to help you put together a good-quality demo reel, showcasing your best work.
Networking is an essential part of any industry, and the film and television industry is no exception. Attend industry events, workshops, and seminars to meet other actors, directors, and producers. Joining a local actors' union or industry-related groups can also provide networking opportunities. Social media platforms like LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter are also great places to connect with other industry professionals and stay up to date on industry news.
Auditioning is a vital part of becoming a working actor. Sign up for casting websites like Spotlight, Backstage, or Mandy (or the local equivalent depending on where you are based) to find audition opportunities. You can also sometimes find open casting calls and auditions. Prepare for your auditions by researching the role and the project you are auditioning for. Make sure you are familiar with the script and the character you will be portraying.
5. Be Patient and Persistent
Becoming a working actor in film and television is not an overnight success story. It can take time, patience, and persistence to land your first gig and build a successful career. You may face a lot of rejection along the way. Keep improving, building your portfolio, networking, and auditioning.
6. Stay up-to-date with industry trends
The film and television industry is constantly evolving, so it's essential to stay up-to-date with industry trends and changes. Read industry publications, follow industry blogs and websites, and attend industry events to learn about new opportunities and keep up to date with the latest industry news and developments.
Becoming a working actor in film and television requires hard work and consistency. You need to develop your craft, build your portfolio, network, and audition frequently. I hope these tips are useful to any aspiring actors out there. If you would like to connect you can find me on Instagram @liv_hansen Love, Liv