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I went to college. Started as a Sports & Movement Science major, wanted to be a GM of a sports team originally, realized I hated Business, switched to Communications sophomore year, wasn't motivated that much about Journalism, took my first acting class senior year and loved it. Now I want to be an actor. I know they don't get job stability unless you've made it big. But I got loans coming up and my mom is really frustrated that I can't just work a journalism job or some kind of copy editing job. I'm not confident in a lot of Communications jobs like those and plus my professor for journalism was terrible. Most of the class dropped her course in a matter of two months, including me. I got two part-time jobs right now but they are so basic. Decent money but that's it. What do I do to start my acting career? Take acting classes? How do I join the Screen Actors Guild and get auditions?
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hi i’m 14 and i want to be an actress. i’m very shy but i’ve heard that most actors are introverts. i have a backup plan to be a chemical engineer and i will still go to college. my question is what type of acting classes are there in college to go to that won’t like make me do a play. i can act but i can’t act on a live performance, you know?, like that’s why i’m not doing school plays because i can’t act live. so i’m not sure what to do. Is drama acting live? or is drama a live theatre performance i’m not sure what to do.
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hi i’m 14 and i have a couple questions about acting. i have this intuitive feeling that i’m SUPPOSE to be an actress like it’s a huge feeling i have no idea what it is it’s just a feeling and the only problem with me is that i don’t think i can perform live acting like at a theater. I think i’m better acting behind a camera (i know your still acting in front of a ton of crew members) but it’s like if you mess up you retake it but live performeance you mess up and you can’t take it back, what do you suggest i do because all there is in school are live theater and i can’t do that.
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How do i become an actress, im 14 and i was thinking about joining fpac while im in highschool to gain experience, i want to become a chemical engineer as a backup plan and still go to college just in case you know?, i just want some advice if thats a good idea or not, and i was already looking into colleges like theres the University of California Irvine which has a major for chemical engineering and has an acting program, is this a good idea? I know i shouldnt move right away but i have an intuitive feeling that this is my like destiny you know but i know people will say "its just a feeling" but im just adding that in just cause. I also want to add in that i live in new jersey so i am close to new york too but im not sure if broadway is for me, i wasnt really looking into doing live plays, i wanted more of behind camera things, (yes i know tequnically im still "live" behind camera but its just different for me) im a smart kid i have good grades so i think i can really gain up to a good GPA to get into that college but now im just typing a ton of extra stuff so im going to stop typing and let you give me advice thanks!!
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Auditioning for a program in New York and another musical locally.I can’t find any songs that fit my voice type.I have a soulful belt and there’s nothing.It has to be a musical theatre song.Help??
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During that time, there wasn't much choice. You would pretty much have to go with hemp. It would have been undyed and 1/2 to 1" in diameter.
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You are asking a question about the psychology of actors. Actors are human beings, each will have a different feeling about their career, their public persona, and how they balance things.

One thing, however, that all in the guild must be aware of, is that TV is superpopular, and that's a double edge sword. Success in there can be a no way back ticket. For example, Don Adams got acclaimed, and for good reason, for his comic character in Get Smart, but he later regretted that he wasn't able to get "serious" roles anymore, because people associated him to Maxwell Smart so much (could you picture him doing Hamlet?).

A different case, for example, was Leslie Nielsen, who did serious roles but got really famous when he got into comedy. In an interview he said that he wouldn't be against doing some serious stuff again in the future, but that if comedy was the deal for him, it was alright with him, no problem. He was a happy chap (and he was very good in the serious stuff too...)

Another example: Jennifer Aniston had a very interesting and cute role in "Office Space". But after the success and overexposure she got with Friends, I don't think she could have been offered or been able to do the same role in a "sleeper" later (her movies after the series have been more commercial and "orthopedic", although well paid, I'm sure).

Another example: I recently discovered that Anthony Lapaglia acts in a few very interesting thrillers, where he mostly plays roles of deranged men. I only knew him for Without A Trace, and never thought much of him, but he is a great actor.

I guess TV has the advantage that "it is a steady job", but the quality is poorer and it is also a bit of a deal with the devil...
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I said i coinided with the movie The Crying Game in 1992 and my gilrfriend says I'm crazy
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Since you have nothing else, sure include it on your resume for now.It's not going to help you for professional work, but it's something and everyone has to start somewhere.Most of the work you'll try now for will be non-professional things like community theater or student films now and you don't really need a resume for that.

Understand that a resume is not a list of everything you've done - it's a marketing tool where you put the best thing on it.So as you get better and more appropriate training and experience you include that and take off things like your high school drama class.

As for advice - I'd suggest that you focus now on learning and growing as an actor and performer and not worry too much about trying to get professional work and give up the fantasy that you'll be "discovered".That's not how the industry works. So find quality acting classes with respected instructors.A monologue study class is essential in understanding character work It'll help you understand things like subtext, having an objective, conflict, circumstances and transitions. Scene study and improv are also helpful.Look into the various different acting techniques to see if any click with you. Acting involves interacting and reacting with others - so a class with other people is best (rather then some coach alone). You can learn by watching and listening to others. Voice and dance/movement classes are important too.

Audition for what you can - school plays, community theater, church shows, student films.Join drama club and compete in forensic speech/drama contests.Read plays and scripts of all kinds keeping an eye out for characters you love and monologues you want to develop.get together with friends and make your own shows for fun.

Really for now - have fun.Try new things.Take risks and fail - and learn from them.Make sure acting something you're really passionate about and love doing.You're at a disadvantage if you want to start a professional acting career as a teen.Companies prefer to hire adults to play teens since adults have more experience and generally a more professional approach to work and they don't have the legal restrictions and requirements that teens have.

If you do become serious about a professional career - research and learn the business end of the industry.Scams and rip-offs prey on people who mistakenly think actors are just "discovered" It's a business. There are not a bunch of open auditions you can just go to hoping to get a role.For most professional work you have to be invited to audition, usually through an agent.And you can't just hire an agent it's more like they choose you.And it's not that you get an agent and they take care of everything.You'll need to understand the casting process (agents, casting directors, breakdowns); legal issues (contracts, unions, taxes); marketing (head shots, resume, show reel, website, social media) and networking.You'd basically be running your own business where you are the product to be marketed and sold

Good luck.
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My boyfriend has an amazing singing voice.He can also play the piano and the violin.He's 26 years old and out of high school he went into the AF to pay for college. Then he got a degree in English Education and minored in history.Now he teaches GED classes.He does community theater and gets the lead roles in musicals for just about every play that he auditions for.At Christmas, he did Christmas Carol and he was Bob Cratchett, Young Scrooge and Fezziwig. He's also been Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, Captain Von Trapp in the Sound of Music and Valjean in Les Miz.I asked him why he never pursued a career either as an actor on Broadway or as a singer.He said he dreamed about that once but to make a living as a singer is a long shot and that for everyone who makes it big are thousands just as good who waste their lives in pursuit of a dream they will never realise. He also said as a GED teacher he's helping people get a second chance and bettering their lives, and he'll never get famous doing it, but it's better than entertaining people anyway.So I am wondering if he is just selling himself short or if he was right to give up on his dream without really trying?I mean what if Billy Joel or Elvis Presley decided that you know what?It's too much oflongshot.I'm going to do something I know I can do and that's important too?
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I’m a freshman in high school and I play trumpet. I’m pretty decent at it and I was asked to play in the pit for a school musical. I accepted because I thought the music wouldn’t be too hard if they were asking a freshman to play it. I have recently received the actual music that I will play and a lot of it is out of my range. A good portion of it is perfectly fine and I will be able to play it, but another good portion will be difficult to impossible for me. I’ve already committed and can’t back out, so what should I do?
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Yes - but having said that, just having the natural talent isn't nearly enough.
It takes years of training and experience for any aspiring actor to learn how to give a good performance, how to take direction, how to perform on stage and to camera, and a hundred other things.

I know from personal experience that if someone has little or no natural talent, they could train and practise for decades and they would still be terrible actors.

And also, if someone did have natural talent but couldn't be bothered to get years of training and experience, they'd almost certainly never develop that talent to its full potential or even to an acceptable standard.
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Yes heard of it, yes performed in it, and you can see it on Youtube.
A satirical treatment of WW1, using music hall songs, soldiers songs, and material written for the play.
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I love the cast and the show so much, but should I get front row tickets or should I sit in the second row?
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It can be difficult but that is more contingent on the skill of the actor than anything else

Basically one has to retrain themselves not to rely on visual cues.This means you can't register any quick visual movement nor make eye contact with your fellow actors.

Some actors will use opaque contacts to simulate low vision.In the case of an eye patch they may be wearing a sheer black patch that will allow them to see [kind of like viewing through a scrim].But they will still have to remember to behave as though they have no sight on that side.

The audience perception is the best indicator of if the actor does it well.Especially in film, if the actor does not convincingly appear to be vision impaired it will be obvious to the audience.
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For a University project I need to devise a play. The cast I have is female only. I was wondering if anybody could suggest any locations / situations in which you would only find women to set the play?I already have:Women only prisonFemale boarding schoolI'm grateful for any suggestions- many thanks :)
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I want to act or start to study in it... but I don’t have a symmetrical face at all. My nose is crooked and some stuff is just not symmetrical and I get that’s normal with people, but being on camera or stage you have to look presentable, should I get plastic surgery?
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It's never too late to be an actor. Did you ever see a young Abe Vigoda?
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No - not at all.
They can be fun, give people confidence, take them outside their comfort zone and broaden their circle of friends.
But they're no more a 'must' than taking any class in a hobby or interest.