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How can I get a career in acting and musicals?

I would love to perform as a career but I don’t know how or where I should go to do so. #performing-arts #acting #career

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Beverley’s Answer

Hi Ciara, I also have a love of musical theater and pursued this career for a bit. I will tell you what I learned from my mistakes. First, I focused my attention strictly on performing and never explored any other options. I wish I had been open to more options other than performing. For example, costumes, set design, technical and directing. I think if I had had the option to float about within the industry I would have stayed with the theater longer. The ability to work in theater even though not performing, would have given me the opportunity to both learn the craft better from all angles and make more contacts within the industry. The more people you know, the more opportunities will become available to perform. The more you understand the whole picture, the better performer you become. Second, I never hired an agent to actually get me jobs. I relied on my own detective skills for finding jobs and friends with agents to tell me about auditions. A real agent will work with you to help you grow your reputation and find you industry work. Third, I didn't continue to study the acting craft. The majority of successful actors I have read about have spent years learning and practicing the craft. There is always more to discover about your talents. I wish you the best of luck!

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Daniel’s Answer

Hi Ciara,

Becoming a professional performer is such an exciting and fulfilling career. I have many friends that went to school for musical theater and have been performing on stage ever since! I think it is important that you do your research and ask yourself some of the following questions:

  • Do I want to study musical theater or acting/drama?
  • If I study musical theater, will I want to pursue the vocal aspect or dancing aspect of that career?
  • What schools have great musical theater/acting programs that I can afford?

If you have decided to go to school and study musical theater or acting, it is important that you build your acting resume! Participate in the school drama productions and musical productions. Audition for everything and keep building that resume. Make sure you have a professional headshot when you go to these auditions. Also, it is important that you audition for local/regional theaters around you also.

While in school studying to be a performer, many of my friends auditioned for Summer Stock shows in other states, which prepare a performer for the vigorous and challenging career. You can be cast in up to three shows and rehearse for all of them at the same time and perform them back to back. It is a good learning experience.

I hope this insight helps you! Good luck with your acting!

Daniel recommends the following next steps:

Research musical theater programs at affordable colleges
Search for open auditions at local theaters
Create a resume with all of my past theater experience and get a professional headshot