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"As An Actor, I Love My Job...
I was expecting for it already. and I'm happy for all of it." (Actor; 2013)
"Work For Anybody That Can Help You...
I was surprised at how close the acting community in Chicago was. Everybody knows everybody. So networking is important and maintaining a positive image of yourself is even more important. People will know, trust me." (Actor; 2013)
"Never Give Up...
What surprised me the most was how quickly a person's name can get around. I moved to Illinois after my undergraduate career and was auditioning for 6 months before people started calling me, requesting I audition for them. Since then, I have been getting consistent and paying jobs, which is rare for someone one year after graduating." (Actor; 2013)
"Make Yourself Marketable...
The most surprising aspect of this job was the level of competition. As a drama major, my focus was on dramatic acting. I personally was not skilled in vocals or dance. The coveted triple threat - an actor who can also sing and dance, is hefty competition for someone skilled in just one concentration. Many dramatic roles are enhanced through multiple disciplines. Many directors prefer the full package." (Actor; 2013)
"Make Some Professional Connections...
I am from the southeastern part of the USA. I went to college in California to get closer to the acting industry. At the moment, I am back in my home state, and I was surprised that an actor can actually have a career while living in this region of the country." (Actor; 2013)
"Get A Reel...
Acting is all about who you know. Choosing a school on prestige is important. People will not consider you for parts if you aren't in the room." (Actor; 2013)
"Define Success On Your Own Terms...
As an actor I've been most surprised by the amount of work opportunities that have presented themselves through acquaintances that I've met whilst networking. Obviously there are auditions to pay attention to, but I've learned it's also very important to keep yourself open to everyone you meet; as you never know what opportunities they might be able to present to you in the future." (Actor; 2013)
"Connections Are Important...
I am surprised that I have actually booked many jobs and that there are many opportunities in acting other than Hollywood films. I am also surprised that I have been able to book jobs without an agent." (Actor; 2013)
Voiceover Artist: "The best part of the job is being able to work for myself. I don't have to report to a boss and if I wanted to, I could spend the day in my pajamas. My schedule is very flexible, and I have a lot of free time during the day. Conversely, the the worst part of the job is that I don't have a guaranteed salary. I audition for hundreds of jobs a week and may only get hired for a couple. Being self-motivated is often a difficult part of this job." (2011)
Acting Instructor: "The best part of my job is when I see a student "get it." Bad acting is usually either from actors being embarrassed to make bold choices, or by actors who think acting is simply about being a show-off. When the students get the idea that they have enough inside themselves to play any character truthfully - that's a great moment. The worst part of my job probably has to do with grading - it's very difficult to give a letter grade to an acting student, because their work is tied up in their own self-worth." (2011)
Actor/Writer: "The best part of this kind of work is that you are doing something you have a talent for and that is going to benefit others by entertaining them and making them think. It is a job that you can do for as long as you have something to contribute. The worst aspect of it is its unreliability as a source of money. And it requires great discipline. There is no back-up team. You are it." (2010)
Actor: "If you'd like to be a successful actor, start busting your butt. You need a headshot, resume and a reel. Reels are easier than ever to create with the accessibility of cameras and video sharing sites. Get a good scene, rehearse it with friends and shoot it." (2013)
Actor: "If you want to be a successful actor it is about making and keeping connections. Stay involved with your local film/theatre community." (2013)
Actor: "If you wish to be a successful actor, first define what success is for yourself. It's unlikely that you'll achieve a perceived "level of success" immediately, so you have to be ready and willing to accept each minor achievement as a step in the right direction." (2013)
Actor: "To be a successful actor, you need to cultivate all aspects of performing. In an extremely competitive field, the more you have to offer, the greater your chances of landing a role." (2013)
Actor: "Take every bit of work that you can find and that doesn't demean you as an actor. Seriously. The work you do with the people of today will turn into the work you get with the people of tomorrow." (2013)
Actor: "Be persistent. 90% of the people who describe themselves as ex-actors simply weren't putting in the effort in order to secure opportunities for themselves. As long as you keep auditioning, keep making connections with people in the business, and keep your attitude positive, the work will come." (2013)
Actor: "If you really want to get as much work as possible as an actor (no matter what city you are in), try to make a lot of contacts. It will keep you on top on major and minor opportunities in your area." (2013)
Actor: "if you want to be a successful worker , just love your job and do the best that you can." (2013)
Voiceover Artist: "First, be prepared for a lot of rejection. You may have to audition for hundreds of jobs before you land one. Secondly, have a side source of income for the first year or two. Until you build a large client base, money may be tight. And finally, work to continually improve yourself. Many voice websites offer webinars and CDs that can give you tips to improve. You should also have many different people listen to your demo and give you constructive criticism." (2011)
Acting Instructor: "You must get the most advanced degree possible to teach at most universities. The most advanced acting degree is the MFA - Master of Fine Arts. Beyond your degree, you must have professional experience as an actor. Professional experience usually means that you have auditioned and earned roles in union work - Screen Actors Guild, Actors Equity Association, or the American Federation of Radio and Television Artists. Learn a specific technique of acting. The most popular techniques in the U.S. are named after the founder of the technique - Meisner, Adler, and Strasberg are the three biggest." (2011)
Actor/Writer: "Before you launch yourself into the entertainment business it is good to keep in mind that it's a business, and you should try to learn as much about the practical side of it as you can. Do anything you can just to let others know who you are and what you have to offer, regardless of the pay (or lack of it). Commercials and voice-overs can subsidize your artistic work. Keep them in mind, though they aren't easy to get either." (2010)