How to Become an Actor or Actress

Career advice on how to become an actor, get started in your acting career and achieve your dream of becoming a working actor.

Casting For Actors

Do you have a desire to perform? Do you enjoy entertaining friends or imitate life and people around you? If so, you may already have what it takes to break into the professional acting business.

To become a working actor, all it takes is a bit of research, a passion for acting and patience to wait for your chance to break into the show business.

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“I have wanted to act for as long as I can remember. This guide gives me all the answers I couldn’t find anywhere else. It tells you how to find out about auditions, how to get an agent, how to meet casting directors and a lot more.”

Cool Facts about Being an Actor or Actress

The most obvious benefit when you become an actor is the chance to pursue your dream career and become a superstar, but there are others:

  • Self satisfaction when you do a great job.
  • You will meet other actresses, actors, and famous people.
  • You get to do what you are passionate about for a living.
  • You will get to see yourself on the silver screen.
  • The money is very good if you are a popular actor or actress.
  • You will get to go to glamorous parties and wear designer outfits.
  • You will likely get to travel to some exotic places for shooting.
  • You will get praised for your work and build a loyal fan base.

Steps To Become an Actor or Actress

When you decide on this career, you should lay out a plan that will guide you to how to become an actor, and meet your goal.

First and foremost, you will want or move to live in a major city. Living in a major metropolitan area can give you opportunities in independent film communities or live theaters that will help build your resume. While it is still possible to find acting work in a small town, however, the fact is it is not easy to get any major recognition for it.

The best actors study their craft, so as any aspiring actor or actress, you need to take some acting classes. Ask around for references from those actors you admire before enrolling.

Acting Career

Have some professional headshots done and a resume written. Keep revising your resume and adding new work, as well as dropping earlier projects (like school theater.) Read trade papers like Variety, Backstage, and Dramalogue, for casting calls and keep up with the internet sites that post auditions as well. Send headshots and notes directly to producers and directors requesting acting auditions.

Accept all invitations to industry auditons, parties and events. You never know who you will meet – and who you know is vital in this industry.


Income Potential of an Actor

More than almost any other profession, this is a completely wide open range. Beginning actresses and film extras might be paid just a few hundred dollars. However, the flip side of that is that A List Hollywood actresses (think Sandra Bullock and Angelina Jolie) regularly pull in $15 to $25 million per film.

In between those two extremes, you will find daytime television actress making $72,000 their first year, and up to $5,000 per episode for a well-known, seasoned actress like Susan Lucci.

Likewise, television actors in comedy or drama shows start out at the low end. Their pay can go up, depending upon the success of the show and their star power. For instance, Charlie Sheen earns $825,000 per episode of Two and a Half Men, and Mariska Hargitay earns $400,000 per episode of Law & Order.

How to Become An Actor

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The Professional Guide To Becoming An Actor

If you are interested to find out more on how you can become a professional actor or actress, check out the FabJob Guide to Become an Actor. It will help answer a lot of questions and provide you with up-to-date insider information on how you can break into this competitive career and achieve your dream of becoming a working actor or actress.

“This is a really nice guide… It shows how to get started, where to find an agent, what to do for an audition, where to train, where to live, etc. You won’t be disappointed.”
– From a review by “Actor in LA” published at Backstage

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not move to Hollywood and expect to land a major film role. It takes time and perseverance.
  • Stress and lack of sleep are constants in the industry.
  • You must be able to handle criticism and rejection. There will be a lot of no’s before you get a yes when you become an actress.
  • You will need a “day job” until you get your break, to account for periods when you have no work, and no flow of acting money.
  • When you do get a role, be aware that there can be long hours of rehearsals, and sometimes 70 and 80 hour work weeks.
  • Personal relationships are often difficult because of the schedule an actress keeps, and traveling is frequent.
  • Always be on your game. That means you need to always look your best, and keep your attitude optimistic and ready.


{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Jacey July 24, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Hey Im Jacey.
These Are some really good acting Tips.
I really want to get famous, so can you help me.

-Yours Truly,
Jacey. (:

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Lance November 19, 2011 at 3:54 am

Acting isn’t for someone who wants to become famous, it’s for someone who actually enjoys it.

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Phoebe February 19, 2012 at 11:47 am

Hi Want To Become An Actress Because I Enjoy It So Much And I Do Little Roles Around In Theater Schools. I Love Doing This Job But I Want To Achieve More And See More Exciting Stuff, I Was Wondering If You Could Help Me

Thanks :)

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Kenny July 31, 2011 at 5:40 pm

Thanks for the info and insight on how to become and the work of an actor. I shall certainly keep in mind what I have learnt here. I am a 16 year old aspiring actor and I am ready to begin working hard to make it in this industry and make it big in Hollywood! This site really helped!

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Taquasia October 9, 2011 at 11:59 pm

Well hey im Quasia and the tips and things was a great for me . I’ve alwasys wanted to be an actress every since i was in elementary school . Now i am almost 15 and is in high school . it’s seems like im getting there but not quite there haha . Im a long way from the top though , but then again thanks for the tips ! :)

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Kayla Janes November 18, 2011 at 9:18 pm

This was very helpful to me, I want to go to school for either, a Professional Makeup Artist, or an Actress, they would get me into meeting famous people, and I would be well known. I am only 13 years of age, but that doesn’t mean I cant start young, for instance Mary-Kate and Ashley Olson. They started out very young, and even though I am barely a teenager, I an still striving toward it. Thanks Again, and hopefully I will achieve my dreams of being and Actress!

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Amber November 30, 2011 at 5:50 am

Hey Im Amber (14 yrs. old) I’ve known basically all my life that I wanted to be an actress. Can you help me?
Thanks

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Meghan January 8, 2012 at 7:15 pm

I started out modeling when I was 7 but then I lost intrest because I loved soccer. But now that I have quit I want to do different things. After reading and seeing the preview for the Hunger Games is when I realized…I want to be an actress…I know it may be hard but I feel as though, if I keep on believing and following tips, I can do anything I set my mind to.

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Jacqueline January 21, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Am a 32year African from Zambia but based in Germany and i got this site by search,i have a passion for acting and would love to do it if i can get a chance or know where to go,looking forward for a possible answer…bye bye.Jacqueline

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Dottie January 23, 2012 at 3:13 am

I’m not as young as I used to be. I have two children now, and still find myself wishing I had precued my child hood dream. I guess 35 is a good time to rethink your life, and the things that you wished you would’ve done. I think the great thing about acting, is being about to live the lives of others, fiction or not. A whole new world, lifestyle, and personality. A way to escape everyday life. And love doing it. The thought of transforming your personality into multiple personalities, and still be considered sain, is a wonderful way to explore you humanity, and you values. Riches and fame would surely be welcomed, but it’s not the most important thing. Creating vision, and entertainment for someone else, wether a fantasy, or a base for their own life is the most important aspect to me.. Wish everyone luck in their journey! Hope you find you dreams!

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Janessa February 7, 2012 at 10:18 pm

Great acting tips. (:

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annika February 7, 2012 at 11:38 pm

hey my name is Annika i am 15 almost 16 and acting is my life i am so in love with it i dont care about the money, acting is what i want to be it is somthing i really LOVE , if anyone can HELP ME get into the bussiness please email me, annika_babe11@hotmail.com . thank you. it would mean so much to me.

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heather February 23, 2012 at 4:28 am

my 19yr old daughter is graduating college this year with a degree in theatre..she has been in many plays at college and when she graduates, she wants to move to either atlanta or california to pursue being an actress…what is the best thing for her to do first???how do you find an agent??? she lives in alabama….this is something very passionate for her..she has known her whole life that being an actress is what she was born to do!!!! i will support her all that i can..what are your suggesstions??? all help will be greatly appreciated!!!!

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Aryssa Brianna March 13, 2012 at 11:43 pm

Hi ,
My name is Aryssa I am 18 years old and would love to join the acting industry , it is something I love and has always dreamed of doing. So where do I start and how do I begin this journey ?

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Savannah March 18, 2012 at 2:57 am

Thank you, this website helped me a lot of what to do to get my life started. I have always wanted to become an actress and entertain people with what I love to do. But because of this website I can start my career. Is there anything else i need to know to became successful?
Sincerely,
Savannah

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phoebe March 18, 2012 at 7:07 pm

hi i would really like to become an actress i do drama classes and i would really like to do this alll my life. i want to make somthing out of my life and acting has been the number 1 thing i would like to do please give my some advice to achieve I would really be happy to find out what it takes. thank you.

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jazmineeeeeee March 18, 2012 at 9:15 pm

hi! my name is Jazmine and i wanna be a actress and when i say REALLy i mean REALLY.These tips are really great and helpful thanks alot:)

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Hayden April 3, 2012 at 1:55 pm

hi, my name is hayden and would love to become an actor. it has always been my heart goal. im only 16 but i’m willing to do whatever it takes. i could use more help. you have helped many people with these tips and me aswell, thank you sooooo much!

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princess April 6, 2012 at 7:25 am

hi.. I’m princess and I’m 14 years old I really wanted to become an actress since i was young and i do drama classes to enhance my drama skills and I am hoping that you could help me to become an actress …

thanks a lot…!!!!

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karen April 22, 2012 at 12:18 pm

hi my name is karen grace magahin my REAL ambition is to become an actress i dont care about the money and getting famous i just want to show my talent to everyone. So PLEASE HELP ME

you can email me in my facebook account: mayumikits@yahoo.com

THANKS A LOT YOUR HELP WILL BE MUCH APPRECIATED
thank you

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terry December 16, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Hi…my name is terry a fijian girl(15 years old).I really wanted to become an actress since i was 12 years old.I want to do something that i love like acting.I don’t care about money or being famous i just want to show my family that i can do something that none of my family has ever done.
And the tips they really helped
SO PLEASE HELP ME ACHIEVE MY GOAL…..:)

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