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How do I get my foot in the door in the theatre world?

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Jessica’s Answer

Hello Olivia,


If you are just wanting to participate on the side, look on the internet for community theatre group in your area. This is a great way to get involved in theatre and to make friends. A lot of people find that doing non-professional theatre makes them just as happy and stills allows them to have another job to make money or to have time for other hobbies.


If you are wanting to do theatre professionally, there are several different ways to start this:

  1. Wherever you are now, get involved in theatre. This could be a show at your school or with a community group, but gaining experience in the theatre is the most important thing you can do right now.
  2. It is not necessary to get a degree to do theatre, but many performers choose to do this to gain experience and skills from a variety of teachers and coaches. You will need to look into schools with a theatre or musical theatre program. You will want to look into their programs online and once you narrow it down, visit the schools if you can to get a better feel of how their theatre program is. You do not need to attend one of the most well known or most expensive schools to get a good theatre degree. Keep in mind that many schools require an audition to enter their program, but they will make sure that you know all about that if you choose to apply.
  3. If you choose not to go to school or after you graduate, you will want to move to an area with an abundance of theatre. Most big cities will have plenty of theatre, but if you want to go to Broadway, you will eventually end up in New York City.
  4. You will want to get a job to support yourself while you are auditioning. Make sure to get a job that allows to go out during the day and audition.
  5. Audition. Audition. Audition. The rule that you always hear in the acting world is that it will take you 40 auditions to get a callback and 80 auditions to get a role. Do not get discouraged or think that it is your fault when you get rejected. To be an actor, you will have to be able to handle rejection. https://www.backstage.com/ has plenty of resources to help you with resumes, audition material, and a countless other things.


This is not a definite list by far, but it is a general outline of what a lot of people do to become actors. I would highly encourage you to do some research yourself on different ways to get involved in theatre. Here are some good sites to look at:

www.backstage.com/

www.broadway.com/

Jessica recommends the following next steps:

Get involved now
Decide if you want to go to school, where you want to go, and get a degree
Move to an area with theatre
Get a job
Audition
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Jamie’s Answer

Hi! Theatre is such an exciting career! Both my brother and sister have gone to school and are both working in their chosen field. Here are the steps they took.


In Hollywood, CA, there is a school that focuses on everything in the business. From set production to choreography, this school will help you obtain your Bachelors of Fine Arts and furthermore, help you find work. They have dorms on site and if the dorms are full, they have contracts with local apartment buildings so you will have a place to stay if needed. The school is called AMDA. (Www.amda.edu)


The school does have some scholarship programs. This is definitely a good step to take to get into the business.


Best at of luck to you!

Jamie recommends the following next steps:

Go to www.amda.edu
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