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This is a question with many possible answers and opinions. When you say "become" an actor this can look differently for each individual. Some people choose to pursue acting professionally, some as a hobby, some may study acting and then that leads them down another path, some people practice acting for a while and then become teachers of the craft... and so many more paths are out there. Actors have to be quick on their feet, openminded, good at memorization, willing to ask for and accept critique and criticism, and comfortable with failure. Being an actor at any level can provide you with many important life skills in general and no matter what path you choose to take, or that life ultimately puts you on it can never hurt to pursue the things you enjoy and are passionate about. Also, everyone will have their opinion about what that means, and who is good/talented/gifted or not. All you can do is learn the craft, study hard, try your best, and most importantly have fun while doing it. Don't put too much pressure on yourself to be "good," but feeling good about your accomplishments or performances is what really matters. Good luck on your journey!
I worked backstage in a theatre as a stagehand in my previous career and here is what I have observed. Start by auditioning anytime you can and taking acting classes. Most working actors I know don't have college degrees but instead take acting, singing, and dancing classes all the time with a variety of teachers. From those classes, you will get to connect with people in the theatre world who can introduce you to the tips and tricks you need for NY.
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