This is a great question. The truth is that you do NEED to go to college to become an actor or actress; however, connections and courses can help pave your way into the industry. Having connections to the places you would like to work and skills to succeed in this field goes a long way.
Even most actors and actresses on tv started out on small roles building their resumes up OR were discovered by someone already embedded in the industry.
Determine where you would like to act. Do you want to be on television? Do you want sing in the opera? Do you want to perform on Broadway? Knowing your goal and approaching colleges with proven track records at employment after college will go along way in helping you reach your dream acting job.
Scott recommends the following next steps:
- Determine what type of acting you would like to approach.
- Look for colleges that specialize in acting for that medium.
- Talk to professors and visit the college to determine if it is the right fit for you.