Hey fellow actors, I'm working on a project to help out beginning actors. We've all been there, done that. Learned hands on. What top THREE points/lessons/must-do would you advise a beginning actor in Hollywood just starting out (ideally not info you can get from a book)? What lessons to learn or things to avoid? Thanks!
-From a Union Performers Web Site (and other sources)
1. Being at the right place at the right time makes a difference
2 This is where the LUCK comes in...
3. Be early and prepared.
4. Have the talent, skills and practice to excell.
5. Always tell the truth, on your resume and in person.
6. Know how to act...to be an actor...
7. Do not give up.
8. Do theater.
9. Audition as often as you can.
10. Treat every audition as a performance and every class as an audition.
11. Go to school, for acting and for liberal arts background so you can understand the world around you.
12. Never be a jerk.
13. Treat others with respect. There is truth on who you meet on the way up you will meet on the way back down.
14. Learn how to budget.
15. Love what you do and the money will follow.
16. Do not do it for the money, do it because it who you are and who you want to be.
17. Be ready to pick yourself back up and keep on going.
18. Learn how to take "no" and rejection.
19. Find a group of friends who have the same passion and create.
20. Find a place you feel at home, supported and keep on learning.
21. Move to LA or NYC
22. Do not more to LA or NYC
23. Theater and film are everywhere.
24. Find others who support you emotionally and/or financially.
25. Do not give up. It can take weeks, years or even decades, but if you love what you do, are dedicated, have the talent and persevere you will love this business and make money doing what you love.