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Do you want to learn how to become an actor? You've got to remember that acting is first and foremost a business. Just follow this simple and practical advice and you'll book job after job. Let's get down to business!

Acting is a Business First

We know, you love the lights, the camera, the glitz and glamour. But don't romanticize what we're doing here: You're a business first and an artist second.
Sure, lots of actors would disagree. They would say the craft of acting is first priority.

But in order to get work, the skills and techniques we're about to share with you are paramount. So hear us out.
The secret is the right mindset: The powers that be will see you as a product. Something to sell and make money from. And you should think this way too. This is true of theatre, TV, film, voice acting, commercials, and any other medium you'll work in.
You are an entrepreneur with a product to sell. You're selling you. Your face, your body, your voice, your acting skills, your singing skills, etc. All working actors understand this concept.
This may seem dark and dreary, but it's actually a good thing. Why? Because you realize that it's not personal. It's business.

THIS LEADS US TO THE TOP 5 TIPS ON HOW TO BE A GOOD ACTOR.
1. LEARN HOW TO READ AUDIBLY AND FLUENTLY

Read the scripts of your favorite plays, novels and movies. Familiarize yourself with the classics, like Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, Anton Chekov, and Tennessee Williams. Read these scripts aloud on your own or with friends. With every reading, try to capture the feeling and emotion in the scene.
  • By exposing yourself to the "greats" of play writing, you'll build up your knowledge of good scripts and develop an intuition for reading them.
  • Many copies of your favorite scripts can be found in part or whole online. Do a general keyword search for your favorite movies to find these.
  • The classics, especially ancient ones (like Euripides, Sophocles, and Aeschylus) can usually be found online for free
2. WATCH GOOD AND GREAT ACTORS

 Deconstruct your favorite actors' habits. How do they use their bodies? What facial expressions do they use effectively? Practice these gestures and expressions in a mirror. Exercise your facial muscles by doing things like smiling in uncommon ways, raising your eyebrows, raising one eyebrow at a time, puffing out your cheeks, and so on.
  • While some facial expressions, like quirking a single eyebrow, can be difficult at first, as you practice they should become easier.
  • Combine your favorite gestures and expressions with a recitation of your favorite lines from scripts, movies, and plays. This is an excellent way to integrate your body with spoken lines.

3. IF POSSIBLE ENROLL IN ACTING CLASS. 

Good actors study their entire lives. To choose a good class, ask trusted, successful professionals for references Community centers and colleges frequently offer acting classes. Take an improvisation (improv) class or stand-up comedy class to work on your stage presence, delivery, and onstage flexibility.
  • Beyond simply giving you more experience, you'll also receive professional level critique and advice from the instructor of the class.
  • If you're nervous about taking a class by yourself, invite a friend to join you. Many basic acting/improv classes have open enrollment.
4. GO FOR AUDITIONS

if you don't push yourself you'd never know how far you can go, auditioning has a way of putting you in a tense mood which sometimes brings out the best in people. Always aim to leave a mark on those watching your audition
  • Study and master your part very well.
  • Come to the audition dressed in period clothing for the audition piece you'll be doing. Be confident. If you're the only person dressed up, that might work to your advantage.
  • Choose a pivotal moment in your audition piece. Craft that moment so it has a large impact on those watching. Usually this involves (believably) accentuating a moment of high energy, like a punchline or dramatic climax.
5. Performing Like a Star
 people want to see the potential of you becoming a big time star and its your duty to show them that, talk boldly and with confidence, laugh comfortably, cry like you mean it, learn how to suppress pressure in a way that whenever it comes no one around you would notice it didLose yourself in the character you are playing. Train yourself to think thoughts natural to your character. When in-character, your personal thoughts will likely detract from your performance. As a general rule, if you believe you are the character, so will your audience.

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