Cheryl Faye is a veteran acting coach and casting director for film and television. She is the acting coach on the History Channel series “The Vikings,” and coaches young actors on Disney Channel and Nickelodeon shows. We asked her to share a few tips with us regarding breaking into acting. Here’s what she told us.
As an actor, you'll have to perform all sorts of different scenes throughout your career. Kissing scenes are simply part of the job. Though they can be awkward initially, there are things you can do to make the process more comfortable and the end result realistic.
The thrill of working with Hollywood stars and seeing themselves on the silver screen is what usually motivates people to become background actors or extras. Non-union wages are relatively low at $8.00 per hour as of 2011, according to the Los Angeles Times, while unions pay these actors $142 for a eight-hour shifts, or $17.75 per hour. Many shoots only last a day, so you'll need to find a multitude of roles to make any significant money in background acting. Landing roles is also highly competitive because many others want to appear in movies.
If you want to get into voice over work, you will need a demo reel to submit to producers so that they can get an idea of your capabilities. This is especially true for animated programming where the range of characters is broad and can include anything. A demo reel is a short sample of a variety of voices, ranges, types of copy and other vocal sounds that show off what you can do with your voice. Some people are only voice actors, others work both on and off screen. A demo reel is a necessary tool for voice over artists. Follow these steps to create your own.
A bio is an excellent opportunity for an actor to showcase his achievements and to allow his audience to get to know him. As a result, bios are an essential part of press kits and other promotional materials that generate publicity. If hiring a publicist or public relations specialist is out of your budget, you can write your bio yourself. Take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the information that makes up a successful actor's bio and the correct ways of presenting this information.
The acting bug bites at random, and there are many aspiring actors/waiters that can attest to how hard it is to be a successful, effective actor. Acting may look easy, but a lot of work goes into making it look that way. You must build your acting skills in order to be truly effective as an actor.
A comp card is a way to market yourself and your acting or modeling abilities and make a strong first impression. Included on a comp card is a head shot, which is the featured photograph. Additional photos on the comp card include various looks or personas the actor or model may have. For example, the actor may have one photo that portrays himself as a police officer, and another photo will portray him as a criminal. Comp cards are approximately 5 inches by 7 inches. Creating your own comp card can make what seem like ordinary photographs into an outstanding yet inexpensive investment in your career.
Interviewing an actor can be a fun, interesting and rewarding experience. It can also be stressful because the actor may want to turn the interview into simply hype for an upcoming film or event. Getting in-depth answers out of someone who is likely a complete stranger takes persistence. Research your subject thoroughly,choose good questions and begin with a friendly, open-ended question for the best results.
The glitz and bling of fame and fortune consumes the fantasies of 16-year-olds everywhere and many dream of capturing the spotlight by acting. Acting isn't quantum physics, but stardom and accolades usually come only after years of classes, small parts and dues paid, if at all. It is easy to become an actor, whether 16 or 60 -- simply learn the lines, step on a stage and do it. Conversely, it is difficult to become an actor; being great requires discipline, perseverance, practice and hard work.
Disney acting auditions might be your big break in Hollywood. Want to be the next Zac Efron or Miley Cyrus? Disney acting auditions are the place for you to start. This might be your big break! You'll need to work hard beforehand and really look for opportunities, because this is a tough industry.