Since the acting and film world is so competitive, how do I succeed in getting my name out there and where do I start?
I am an incoming sophomore at Georgia State University. So many people attend this school, so I don't know where to start making connections in order to get into the acting and film industry. #july #july20
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Get yourself out there as much as possible – and don’t be afraid to submit to every project you are right for, no matter how big or small. Small student films can help build your reel and widen your network. Big projects just might be looking for someone like you – and you never know when you might be submitting to a casting director who just saw you in a workshop and wants to give you a shot. This truly happens all the time. It might not end up in a booking, but it could end up in a great audition. And making your mark in a big casting office is a milestone. Go to every legitimate audition you get, no matter what. Many actors skip auditions because they’re afraid, deep down, that they’re not good enough at their art, but I encourage you to prove yourself wrong. Every auditioning experience – even one that goes terribly wrong – is something you will learn from and can use to become a better actor. Show up scared and prepared, if you have to, but just show up. You will be miles ahead of a lot of actors who chicken out.
One thing that can be a pervasive problem while pursuing your dreams is keeping your mind on your ultimate goals while you’re struggling to make a living. The need for comfort and security can derail even a great artist—and wanting a nice car and clothing can really keep people from exploring their potential. So, if this is something that truly matters to your career, you’ll need to really prioritize, saving your extra money for classes and headshots instead of restaurants and vacations.
But you’ll also need to take care of yourself. Keep upbeat, positive music in your car or on your mobile device. When you feel a hard day coming on, combat this with a mandatory dance break or a happy sing-a-long. Surround yourself with supportive people who are on the same path or who understand your struggle. Take a walk and feel the sun on your face to get your head in the right place. Read a book or do whatever you need to feel important and happy in this moment. And above all, remember how lucky you are to be pursuing this dream. So many people out there don’t have the chance or don’t believe in themselves enough to even try. Just to be attempting your dream is a blessing.
Being discovered out of the blue without any preparation or without having done any work is about as likely as winning the multi million dollar lottery. Some people play all their lives and never win.
John recommends the following next steps:
Gravitate towards people who also thrive in creative settings. Try to get a couple of good internships in settings such as theatre, gallery, advertising agency, architecture-design studio. You might have a chance to be a production assistant (research fellowship opportunities out there). Learn some pragmatic software during your studies or in-between semesters: Adobe, Marketo, Autodesk, etc. Essentially, think of the kind of the companies that you'd want to work for and the tools that they use.
Consider whether you can gain some exposure to your chosen field through specific creative hubs (cities). In other words, does it make sense to move to Atlanta, New York, Los Angeles? Think very carefully about a move to places that might be saturated. Discuss your hopes and dreams with your parents and teachers.
Don't listen to discouraging people. Do know that it is okay to get a decent job (and not starve) as you continue to work on your film related goals. Take care of your health even while you are young.
I really hope that you find your niche, your tribe and expand your network as you make good friends who want to see you Thrive.
Stay Well and do Dare to Dream,
Screen your films to a live audience. There’s nothing like seeing the reaction to your work live, and it will improve your films especially the edit.
Build your own team. Film is a very collaborative process so get a group of like-minded friends together so that you can make more films faster.
Work on other people’s films. Even if it’s as a runner, you will learn more and more importantly make connections.
Meet other filmmakers. The film industry is all about connections so try to get out there to film festivals, screening events, Film Courses and join a film group.
Filmmaking is not just about directors, cameras, and lights. There are a lot of other on-set jobs in the industry that could be easier to get into at the start. Films productions need drivers, caterers, painters, carpenters, accountants etc. especially runners.
Learn your trade. If you know what part of filmmaking you want to pursue go for it. Read every book, watch every YouTube tutorial, take Classes, and more importantly start doing it on your films and other people’s projects.
Post Production needs you. London is at the heart of the post-production industry at the moment. If you are into this side of filmmaking all the software is out there for you to learn and show off your potential.
Get your films seen. The internet is a great place to put your short films and build an audience. Whatever job you go for in the industry having finished work online shows your commitment as well as your skill.
Make contacts and make an impression. Your reputation is everything in the industry; so many jobs are through word of mouth. Build yourself a good reputation and you will be the one they recommend for the next job.
I'm really successful at what I do - I'm a graphic designer and what I did was after I left University i applied to jobs and wrote to every single company in the media world until I got a job. And I first got freelance work with this company that become my very long term freelance clients on and off for 10 years and working on projects that had big names behind them. When my first freelance job with that one company ended (the first job was only a month or so long) I did the same thing: I continued to contact more jobs and more companies. Never be discouraged, you will always get work, even if it takes time. If you apply to 100 different jobs one of them HAS to get back to you.
So I kept building up my contacts over time, I got lucky in that the first few jobs I had in my career were at big companies. Always apply to jobs even if you think you may not 100% be qualified.
Later on in my career I worked on a lot of side projects, some just for fun that I found out about when i was networking with other creatives, some of the projects got put towards awards shows, and some won. I wished I had created my own projects earlier on and submitted them to awards - it's easy.