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Where should I start acting?

Where is a good place to start when beginning an Acting career?

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Abby’s Answer, CareerVillage.org Team

Hey Arey!

Starting in acting can be daunting, but you're going to do great. I've had the most luck Googling local theater groups and visiting their websites or sending them emails about upcoming shows. A lot of places have "open auditions" which means anyone can give it a try. If you're in school, check if there's a theater department and get to know the director, maybe you can start with a school play!

If you're interested in film or commercial acting, the best place to go is Backstage. This is a site with a ton of information about upcoming casting calls, and I'd recommend looking at student films as a starting point. I think you can browse the site and get weekly emails for free!

I am not a professional actor, but this type of exploration can get your foot in the door. Be sure to organize any acting experience you get onto a resume, and take a professional-looking headshot. Most directors will ask for these, but all the information on what you need to prepare for the audition should be on the casting call.

I've acted in student films, independent films, and theater productions, so if you have any follow up questions feel free to ask!
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Daryl’s Answer

I don't know your age but you should first see if your school or activity center have any plays or musicals coming up. Many communities have theater groups that do not pay but are great learning experiences and you can also get involved with building and crewing sets and wardrobes. Many churches have productions that are volunteer but again a great experience builder. Acting classes are another option with scholarships for those who need them. Start watching movies or plays that you can get from libraries.
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