How to become an actress? i have a couple questions.?

i’m 14 and i was thinking i want to be an actress. the problem is i’m shy but when i’m with friends i am very very loud so i was thinking if i could open up to people more i could become an actress since i’m not fully mature right now anyway. i would like some tips for starting off. i think i should still go to college and stuff just in case stuff doesn’t work out. but i have questions like do i move to la right when i get out of college, how to i find places to try out for, what if i have absolutely no experience will that affect how the interviewers think of me. also i am not taking acting classes right now because i’m not definite on my descision but i feel like i’m meant to be it like i have a feeling i’m suppose to be this specific job i don’t know why.


And why do you think going to college rules out being an actress? Many, if not most, professional actors and actresses went to college before going into the acting profession. UCLA, NYU, and USC are three universities with great reputations for acting school courses and degrees in the fine arts. Check this out for a list of actors who attended college and where they went:

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For now - just try actual acting and see how that goes for you. Some things to try: *Take acting classes. Voice and dance lessons can be fun too. * Audition for what you can - school plays, community theater, church shows * Join (or start) a drama club * Compete in forensic speech/drama classes * Read plays and scripts of all kinds keeping an eye out for characters you love and monologues you want to develop and perform them for friends and family (and in forensic competitions). * Embrace learning - all kinds of things. You never know what will come in handy. But for acting, learning how to analyze literature (plays, books, short stories, etc) is particularly helpful. * Join other performance groups (band, choir, dance troupe, etc) * Get together with friends and create your own projects for fun. I gave a much more detailed answer to your other question about the industry. I think acting may be different then what you think it is - but don't let that deter you from giving it a try! Acting and theater can be a fun, creative outlet for people and a good way to learn and develop life skills that you can use regardless of what career you choose.


If you've never done any acting, you can't know if you'd even enjoy it. The way people imagine acting and the reality are very different. If you give it a try, starting with a good acting class and performing with a community theatre, and find that you really love acting – and I mean love it for its own sake, not with any silly notions of ever becoming famous and making loads of money - you have two choices. 1) You can get a year or so’s acting classes at a good acting school, and act with a good community theatre purely as a hobby and have fun being part of a great bunch of people, set-building, costume making and altering, scenery-painting, working front of house, helping backstage and if you have any talent, you’ll soon start getting small roles. After a while, you may get bigger and better ones and could even try directing. You’d be able to work your ordinary job in the daytime and earn a normal living, have a steady income, your own home maybe, have a family – all the normal things of life. 2) You can start off the same way, but carry on with the classes while getting the same experience, take singing and dance lessons too, and then try for a place at a really advanced acting school. (In the UK it would have to be a top drama school for three years). Only after several years’ training and loads of leading roles at the theatre and also in student/short/indie films might you be able to get a good agent, who would try to get you some auditions for professional work. But you’d have to accept that you’d probably be like almost all actors, never get more than 5 to 10 days paid acting work a year, in small roles, in small productions. You’d probably never become well-known. You’d have to forget the idea of a steady home, a family, the same group of friends for more than a month or two. And all the time, you’d have to be working an ‘ordinary’ job for maybe 40 hours a week whenever you could fit it in, ideally working from home, in between auditions, rehearsals, unpaid acting work, workshops, masterclasses, travelling, etc. It’s exhausting, stressful, and often depressing and lonely. But if you have huge talent and really love to act, and consider it’s worth all the hassle, maybe you could deal with it all. Give it a lot of thought - but more importantly, find out if you enjoy it! Good luck!


If you want to get in to acting, I'd see about what the school drama department has to offer. There's also local play companies that welcome people too. See if there's one in your area you could join up with and find out if it's something you enjoy. You could also work behind the scenes as well.