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it's my dream to be an actress.. but ;

 
 
Reply Tue 14 Aug, 2012 05:43 pm
i really wanna be an actress but i'm also very realistic, i'm from the netherlands, but i want to become an actress in america. i know how small the chance is that that's gonna work, but i really want it! i'm now almost 15 years old and i don't know what to do. I know about agency's and auditions. when I go to art school in Amsterdam, I am 18 years old and then it takes another 4 years to study. If i go to an actingbureau here in the netherlands i don't think that a career in america is good chance that that's gonna work. can you please help me? i have some things for the future, like i would love to play in 'mockingjay' (hungergames) i was thinking about bonnie, annie or leevy, the're all like 17 years old in the movie and when i finished school i'm like 18, but without actingskills, please help me!
 
jespah
 
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Reply Wed 15 Aug, 2012 05:40 am
@helloyou,
Well - casting yourself (even for people who are skilled, have connections and agents and publicists and big money and armloads of awards) is extremely presumptuous. You are only setting yourself up for failure that way. Angelina Jolie and Meryl Streep are not guaranteed parts, and neither are you.

Also recognize that the vast, vast, vast majority of people who act are not big stars, and rarely have major roles. Take the actor Steven Culp. This man is a decent actor although most Americans would probably have an idea of who he is but might not recall his name. They might just think - I know that guy from somewhere. He has also been working, rather steadily, since 1982. Note that there's a 5 year break at the beginning of his career in the IMDB listings, but that's not due to him not working. It's due to him doing stage acting and perfecting his craft. He is not a big star. Yet he obviously makes a living at this, and has been for going on thirty years.

Even more actors and actresses are like my friend Robin Alster (we went to High School together). She acts on the side, but has a day job. She knows the chances of her making enough money to live on by her acting alone - those chances are rather slender. But she has fun with it.

Now, you.

You need training. And you need experience. And you need connections. So you need to (a) go to school and (b) start getting into as many local productions as you can. Work hard. Show that you are a team player. And get yourself out there. Oh, and (c) start making friends in the industry. This goes along with being a team player. Is there a professional production coming to your area? Do your best to see if you can meet people, and talk to them. And I don't just mean the stars. I mean the background players, the stage hands, the understudies. Everybody starts somewhere and those people may very well be on their way up.

A few other things - learn to sing. Versatility is extremely helpful. You also need to learn how to be persistent, and how to take rejection. Actors are rejected a lot of the time. But the ones who hang in there eventually get something. Small stuff like Robin gets. Medium-sized stuff like Steven gets. And big stuff like Angelina gets.

Best of luck to you.
helloyou
 
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Reply Wed 15 Aug, 2012 06:06 am
@jespah,
wow, thank you soo much. but to be an actress in america, do you have to live in america or can you audition with send videos or something like that? I really want this, and i'm gonna try it. but i'm now 14 years old. and some actors had a big part in a movie when they we're 14, how did they do that?
jespah
 
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Reply Wed 15 Aug, 2012 07:09 am
@helloyou,
I really don't know the business. But to work in the United States, you'll need to be legally authorized to work here. That's a green card in common parlance. I don't honestly know the means for getting one.

I also don't know the auditions business; you'd need to ask how things are done where you live first, and see what they say. I know that directors get tons of people lining up for parts. The best way for anyone to differentiate themselves is by having an agent, and agents don't work for just anyone. You generally need to have experience.

As for the 14 year olds who end up in the movies, a lot of them started acting when they were very, very young. It's not uncommon for them to have gotten their start in commercials, both on television and print ads. Look at the Olsen twins. They started on Full House when they were only six months old!

The thing of it is - start working. Do bad stuff. Do minor stuff. Do things that seem insignificant. And keep doing them.
helloyou
 
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Reply Wed 15 Aug, 2012 07:28 am
@jespah,
when you audition for a role? do you have prior experience necessary? i know you should start small, but if I want to be an actress in America, i must therefore begin? or does that not matter?
jespah
 
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Reply Wed 15 Aug, 2012 07:42 am
@helloyou,
I don't know. I am not an actress.

I think it would make a lot of sense for you to start contacting actors in your country and find out how they got their starts.
helloyou
 
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Reply Wed 15 Aug, 2012 08:04 am
@jespah,
i will. thanks for the advise you gave me.
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Region Philbis
 
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Reply Wed 15 Aug, 2012 08:30 am
@jespah,
Quote:
I am not an actress.
although you have been on TV before... Smile
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helloyou
 
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Reply Wed 15 Aug, 2012 10:20 am
@jespah,
wow, you're really on tv? that's soo cool ! Smile i hope i'll ever make it as far as you, to come on television. haha Very Happy
jespah
 
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Reply Thu 16 Aug, 2012 05:24 am
@helloyou,
Oh, but that wasn't for acting. It was about weight loss.

Good luck to you!
helloyou
 
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Reply Thu 16 Aug, 2012 11:21 am
@jespah,
well, it's something haha. thankss Smile
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