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Is it possible to be behind the camera and in front as well?

I love acting, but I also have a big interest in filmmaking. What I'm wondering is if I pursue filmmaking, will that ever put me in a position to act? Or is it just one or the other? I know both are a hard place to get into, and I wouldn't mind some advice for that as well. #acting #voice-acting #performing-arts #film #movie #film-making #film-acting #motion-pictures-and-film

Thank you comment icon Yes,you can be behind the camera and in the front because you can have different people help you film while in are in front of the camera and when you are filming something you will be holding the camera. Lana

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Misty’s Answer

It is absolutely possible. Think Stephen King and Rob Zombie and Adam Sandler. In the case of King, not only does he write the books, he also directs the movies as well as makes a cameo in every picture he does. Same thing for Rob Zombie, he directs his movies and also makes an appearance somewhere in the film. Adam Sandler does scripts, acts, directs, and does the casting in all of his movies so yes that is absolutely possible.

Thank you comment icon That's really encouraging, thanks!! Bella
Thank you comment icon You are very welcome. Hope that helps and good luck! Misty Miller
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Michelle’s Answer

Hello, Bella T. - It is always possible to be both an actor and work on films and television in other aspects of production.

The two interests that you have are very much related. There will be some steps that you will take in your own time, at your own pace. While studying film making, you will learn a great deal. Writers, directors and production people need to have a full understanding about acting, too, even if they do not act. I first recommend that you take a beginning acting course while you are taking film making. Take both an acting class that is geared to theatre and one that is geared to film and television. The acting styles differ in the various media and it will be important for you overall to know the techniques and styles.

The second suggestion is that you will maybe consider living in either New York or Los Angeles as you will gain very valuable experience, even if you do extra work at first. You will also have many more opportunities and sometimes being around well known artists can be very helpful and widen your social contacts. Contacts are essential in the business. Most of the work is in Los Angeles or New York.

After you graduate college, you will find a niche and know where you'll be starting from. It is also possible that while you are doing your film making, you may see something that you may want to audition for. You can do various work based on your schedule . You will naturally find a structure that works for you.

Overall, be consistent, dedicated and focused on what you're doing at the time and try not to stress out about it too much. Take one thing at a time at first. Contrary to what people may believe, the entertainment industry is quite demanding and most companies uphold a strong work ethic.

The exciting thing about the career you are studying for is that you never know what is ahead, what door will open for you. Stay true to yourself and you will do well.

Michelle recommends the following next steps:

Take beginning acting for film, television and theatre
Consider relocating to New York or Los Angeles where most of the work opportunities are.
Develop contacts by networking .
Remember to relax and take care of your body, mind and spirit.
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David’s Answer

Anything is possible! I trained as an actor for years and was working in other people's projects for a long time. It was fun and rewarding but nobody writes better for me So I began writing for myself. This year I shot a pilot that I wrote and directed and starred in. It was the most rewarding thing I've ever done. Try starting with something small. A short film maybe? Write something that allows you as an actor to shine and show what makes you special. Write your dream role. Picture the whole thing: Costumes, sets, other actors, music...everything! I got my friends to act in it with me for free, I shot in my bedroom (I turned it upside and had props and costumes from Goodwill) and was able to do it all for very cheap. Go for it and see how it feels. There's something great about having all the control. Then you get to see your true vision come to life.

David recommends the following next steps:

Write and shoot your own short film that you star in.
Then make another.
Then another.
Have as much fun as possible.
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Kathy’s Answer

Hi Bella,

The short answer is: yes! I've done both, successfully, and so can you! I am happy to hear that you are interested in doing both, and applaud you for your interest in acting AND filmmaking. My first steps into becoming a filmmaking started me off as an actress (I was nominated for Best Actress in a student film!) and model, eventually leading my interests to camera-operation and Cinematography.

As all of our other professionals are telling you, if you have the passion for both, nothing can stop you - anything is possible.

Consider the following next steps as suggestions for the path you might want to take, as they've worked for me, I hope they work for you.

Kathy recommends the following next steps:

Volunteer to be an actress in a friend's or classmate's film and ask LOTS of questions on set! More likely than not, everyone will be more than willing to talk about something they love doing.
Jot down some ideas for films and pitch them to a film club, class, or course, and see if more people will be interested in working with you!
Consider the different positions you may want to see yourself in on a film set and connect with professionals in those fields to ask them about their journey!
Consider working in Theater - it is not surprising that the world of theater and film tend to constantly collide. You may find yourself exposed to different photographers, filmmakers, and more willing to work with Theater students on student films, film projects and more!
Put yourself out there! Let everyone know that you are interested in doing both - it will make you very valuable in both fields. Make sure to list your interests in both roles, films you'd like to produce, and movies you'd potentially want to act in and connect with others who are interested in doing the same!