To be a successful actor you really have to have a passion for the craft and the patience to wait for the big break. Although being an actor is extremely rewarding, finding work can be a challenge. The profession requires great commitment and fortitude. Below are some ideas that will be beneficial to you.
Decide whether you want to be a professional actor or an amateur. If you want to be a professional, read on.
Move to a major city. Eventually, New York or Los Angeles will be your destination, but as you build your resumé of experience you can work in other major metropolitan areas that have good theater or film communities. Learn how to work locally, so you can make it in the major league.
Enroll in acting class. Good actors study their entire lives. Learn how to choose an acting coach and successful professionals for references. There are some amazing "Casting Director taught" classes and workshops, however... Casting Directors SHOULD NOT be charging you for classes or workshops. They should make their income from casting projects, not from classes and workshops.
Also, beware of Talent Agencies pushing their classes, workshops, or photographers on you! Again, they should make their money from booking jobs for actors not taking classes from them or any of their family members.
Get a headshot. Learn how to seek and get the “best bang for your buck” when choosing your photographer.
Compose a resumé of all the work you have done so far. Learn how to create a successful resume that will get a producer or casting director's attention. Extra work is NOT considered and acting job. Do not put background work on your resume.
Send your headshot and resumé with a brief cover letter to all the casting directors and agents in your area. Follow up with postcards every four months, updating them on your current acting projects.
Read the trade papers regularly: "Backstage," "Dramalogue," "The Ross Reports" and "Variety," as well as online publications such as HollywoodReporter.com, as appropriate. Know what is being cast where, and send headshots and notes directly to directors and producers whenever possible, requesting auditions.
Always accept invitations to industry events and parties, and meet industry professionals whenever possible. Who you know is extremely important. Learn how to choose the right events.
Persevere. Learn the key to not getting discouraged.
It’s important to keep your auditions skills polished. Learn how to cold read and how to handle the callback.