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How do I become a successful actor?

Becoming a successful actor is not as easy as it looks. It requires a lot of hard work, patience and determination. Acting and drama lessons may be a start, but actually 'making it' and getting consistent work which pays well is not common for most actors or actresses. But, if you are thinking of of being an actor or are wondering how to become an actress and want to know how to get into acting, here are some tips to help.

Work on your acting

To become an actress or actor, take training courses, professional actor training and hone your acting technique through drama workshops. Watch how theatre and television actors use their craft. It could also help to read how your favourite hollywood actor got started in the business - they may even have tips on how to become a movie star. Promoting yourself Once you can act, you should get involved in local theatre workshops. Any experience in plays will be to the benefit of your acting career.

What kind of actor do you want to be?

Most people think of becoming an actress and say to themselves, 'I want to become famous'. They want to know how to become a famous actor or actress. It isn't that easy. Whether you get a role or not often depends on factors outside of your control such as casting preferences and how well known an actor or actress is in the industry. Whilst the fame is a part of this if you are a film actor or film actress, there are positions in acting which give a certain level of relative anonymity. If you are asking yourself, 'How do I become famous?' then you will want to get into tv acting, which can lead to films. To do this you'll need to hire an agent and move to London if you're in the UK or New York or Los Angeles to make it in the movies.

Being successful

Take acting training and apply to acting agencies, who may put you forward for certain acting jobs. Go for all acting opportunities available and celebrate all small successes. If you are working with a tv actor in a role for instance, then ask for acting tips and acting instructions as appropriate. Some of it you will just learn on the job to become one yourself, on your journey to becoming an actor. However, many people who think 'I want to be an actress or an actor' start at a young age and have been in the industry their whole life - they might have started years ago with child acting auditions. So you should be aware you could be competing against people with a lifetime of experience.

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