If you are a novice actor in the entertainment industry, there are a lot of things that you need to know to survive in this highly-competitive career. Here are some of them.
Know your strengths and weaknesses
Knowing your strengths can help you assess the type of roles you would excel in. Knowing your weaknesses can help you know which areas you need to improve so you can take on a better role or prove to people that you are willing to learn and improve your craft.
You must have a thick skin
Not all people would instantly believe in you unless you have already proven yourself. You will have to attend numerous auditions and accept rejection. Also, not all of your audience will like your performance no matter how good you are. You cannot please everyone. Acting is not for the faint-hearted. You must have thick skin in order to survive in this business.
Accept constructive criticisms
In addition to having thick skin, you must also learn to accept criticisms. You have to turn all kinds of criticisms into positive notes and understand that they do not define you. They are meant to help you improve your skills, prevent mistakes, and make you a stronger person.
Once you discovered all your strengths and weaknesses, you must also remember not to stay in your comfort zone. You have to be willing to play other roles that you think is not your forte. No two jobs are the same and the more you expose yourself and talents to different kinds of roles, the more you will find out what you can and cannot do. Also, once you have proven your versatility, more opportunities will come your way.
Expect your first year to be the toughest
One of the many struggles of being an actor is that work can be sporadic. There are many actors and actresses, but there are not enough jobs. Expect your first year in the business to be the hardest.
You must work at it every single day
As you expect your first year to be the hardest, you must work at it every day. Attend auditions. Network with people in the same business. Attend acting classes if you must. Answer calls and emails. Improve your other skills so you have something to fall back on in times where you do not have a project.
It is not always fair
Life, in general, is not fair. This business is not fair either. Sometimes you would feel like you are never good enough no matter how hard you try. You would be frustrated and disappointed that other actors got the job you were vying for and you didn’t. Accept that it is not always fair and just focus on improving your skills. Keep working hard.
Always be prepared
Once you got the job, always be prepared to come on set. Remember that in this business, everyone is replaceable. You are replaceable. If you keep making excuses and coming on the set unprepared, you are putting your career at risk. You must understand that you don’t always get a second chance in this profession.
Do not give up no matter how hard it gets. A lot of people only hope to be where you are right now. Try to keep a positive mental attitude all the time and you will find ways to overcome whatever difficulty that will come your way.
Always treat people with kindness
Being a nice person is almost better than being a good actor. Remember that building a good reputation takes years. Treat people with kindness and they will do the same to you.
It takes persistence, determination, and hard work to be able to survive in this business. You must be willing to do all that and remember these tips to help you manage your expectations when you are just starting your career.