Sharyn GroseCareerVillage.org Team
Sharyn’s Answer, CareerVillage.org Team
Performing can be a fun and interesting experience! There are a few things you can do to get started in acting. If you are interested in theater, find local community theaters to start. They are often great training grounds for actors who want to pursue acting even further. You can find out what productions they have coming up where they are looking for actors. You want to find a monologue appropriate for your age and if you sing, have a song prepared to show your skills.
If you are interested in film/TV or even commercials, you want to have a headshot and resume. The more professional-looking the headshot, the better your opportunity to be considered. For your resume, you can list if you've performed for your school or community event. Include skills such as singing, any sports you have participated in, and hobbies you have. There are a few talent agencies in your area. Be careful when seeking out talent agencies or managers, you should NOT pay upfront for anything. If they want you to take headshots, they can suggest photographers but should not make it mandatory to go to a specific photographer. The agent makes money by getting a percentage of your earnings after you have completed a job. Typically, I've seen 10 - 20%. Find their websites to find out how to submit for representation. You can also get acting jobs without having a talent agent. There are online platforms that post acting jobs that you can submit to. You will still need a headshot and resume for the platforms. The most reputable ones are casting frontier, casting networks, and actor's access. These do have a fee. You can pay for each submission or get a monthly or yearly membership with most.
Because you are a minor, you will need a Child Performer Employment Permit from the NY Dept. of Labor. You will also need your parent or guardian to setup trust account so 15% of your earnings are set aside for you when you reach 18. For more information, a good resource is childreninfilm.com.
Wishing you much success on your journey!!