I hope it works out for me. I am going to start acting training in a couple of weeks. I will start on a beginner's course, then improver's course, then intermediate, then if the audition goes well to get on to all the courses and i advance onto the "showcase in 5 weeks" course, which I train for 5 weeks with the other actors to perform in a theatre showcase.
After this, I will try a screen acting course and I will try to network as much as possible and see what happens. I have been looking around online and people have said that it's not always guaranteed that you'll get a good agent and "make it" through drama school, so I may as well try and make it on my own. Hopefully once I've put myself out there, maybe appear in some student films, amateur plays, then I can advance myself to get some professional credits. I'll get some professional head shots and make sure I can appear as best as possible.
I can then try my hardest to find an agent. Send letters to agencies asking to attend a show of mine, send a showreel/s etc. At the end of the day, I am 24 so I can't wait and see if I get into drama school. Even if I auditioned for drama school, it doesn't mean I will get accepted. If I don't get accepted, then I need may have to wait another year or more, so I need to get the experience ASAP! I may even consider a short course at a drama school instead of a degree. At least then, the school name may well help my cause.
Do you think I'm doing a good thing considering my age?
Why are you still asking this? Age, training, location, race, look...there's absolutely no "formula" for success on this path. No one can answer that or hold your hand.
You've posted threads and seem to have done a lot of research on the boards, if you're still asking this question it sounds like you have zero confidence in your decision...
Take your beginner's course. Take your improv course. Take your intermediate course. Either do it or don't. Making these plans and then second-guessing it and hoping for validation from the actors on the boards won't help you, you're either in it or you're not.
You yourself said you have to take the beginner's course to figure out if you even enjoy it enough to pursue!! JUMP IN - you're stressing yourself out before you've even taken step one!
Sorry, I am just very enthusiastic about things. I know it won't be easy, but I have taken the actor's advice from on here as well. It's good talking to experienced actors who have been there and done it. I just really want to do it! how are you finding the industry? Do you enjoy it most of the time?
Enigma, I have been reading some of your post and I gotta be honest, ur starting to sound like that crazy 20 something that people run away from.
Honestly, at ground ZERO in another country, you probably should reach out to an actor from the U.K. who is a bit furthur out in their career and ask them some questions. You're asking a bunch of questions to a bunch of mainly AMerican raised actors , that are already here in hollywood, that can barely get hired themseleves for TV/Movies.
Get your butt in a beginning class and then go from there. Hell, you may not even like acting, and acting might not like you. But you wont know until you actually pull the trigger and do something
I apologise, I don't mean to sound like that. I am just really trying to find out as much as possible. But I will be starting the beginning classes in 2 weeks time. I am looking forward to it.
Do you work outside of acting? Or are you going to be a professional actor forever? The thing is, I really want to pursue acting, but I do worry about the job prospects and how difficult an industry it is to succeed in. I'm kind of envious of you guys in L.A, it must be awesome to be where the work is. Even though you say that it's not going so great for you. There's always that possibility in L.A that you will strike it lucky.
Yes, I actually make a living as an Attorney. But the kind of law I practice mainly involves paperwork so thankfully, I dont goto court often and don't really have a hard time slipping out to an audition and then back to work.
Also, for many of us, TV auditions dont happen that frequently so its not that big of a problem, although there are occasions when I just can't make it . COmmerical actors tend to go out more, but thats something Ive have chosen not to pursue for various reasons.
Dont get me wrong, Ive had some great successes as far as getting acting jobs but not nearly enough to sustain a living. Hopefully one day. For now, I have to pay the bills, the best way I know how to
Enigma - I understand that you haven't even been acting in anything yet, and the beginner classes are going to be your first experience with the craft, right? Then you're far from ready to make ANY decisions about your career and drama school! Wait 'til you've at least tried acting and then start making decisions about your career...
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