How To Become An Actor

Drama School is probably the best option for any aspiring actor /actress. They will take on actors /actresses at any age. The course can last, on average, two to three years. You can get an accredited list of drama schools from the actor’s union ‘Equity’. Acting is first and foremost a craft. So, it's imperative that you take a wide variety of acting classes, work in a wide variety of styles with as many different groups of people that can be discovered. Try it all. From Shakespeare to comedy, “from improve to cinema verite” - the more you know, the more well-rounded you'll be and ultimately, the better prepared you'll be for whatever roles come your way. If you aspire to work in film and/or television as an actor /actress, you need to go where the work is. You must take the time to master your craft. Acting is not a 9-5 job by any stretch. It's considerable work, often 14-20 hours per day, in all kinds of conditions and at least initially, for not much money.

Even actors who make millions of dollars per picture still must "work" to earn their keep. They are on location for months at a time and every day they commit themselves both emotionally and physically to their roles. It can be extremely exhausting. You must prepare yourself both mentally and physically for this type of challenge. The best actors are those who immerse themselves 100% in the role they are playing. The happiest actors are the working actors. Actors initially may not receive payment but every experience is experience. “Improve” is one of the few styles of acting where you have absolute freedom to discover what effects you excel at, and which require improvement. So consider adding acting to your repertoire. Be Persistent. Those who are gritty and willing actually may succeed, success does not come knocking. Be Patient, rare is the true "overnight success". There are stories of instant rags to riches. But the reality is that there were years of hard work and preparation that led to this "sudden discovery."

Some actors progress into presenting positions. TV Presenters are the public face of television. Initial opportunities in modeling can provide this type of high publicity and the associated trappings. TV Presenters generally entertain and inform audiences on national and regional television as well as satellite or cable channels. Whilst TV Presenters work on all kinds of different live or recorded programs, what they actually do depends on the type of show they present. In general they host programs, introduce and interview guests and interact with the audience. During live broadcasts they follow detailed instructions from the production team in order to keep everything to plan whilst on air. They need to react quickly and positively to any problems or changes. Presenters are also often involved in planning, researching and writing their own scripts before filming. Many presenters are highly qualified in their subject matter. For example, ex-journalists, ex- financial consultants, ex-sports stars, ex-medical professionals, ex-academics, ex-tradesmen etc

How to be a Dancer

If you are truly serious about becoming a dancer the sense of achievement can be immense when working professionally. However being a dancer is incredibly tough both physically and mentally. Most professional dancers started out when they were young going to local ballet classes and youth theatres, however if you want to become a professional it is highly advised to do a higher level of dance training, in a dance school. Good dance schools will equip you with the right skills in order to compete at a professional level. Whatever style of dance you are interested in make sure you keep a palette of them and become competent in at least two or three styles and ranges such as Jazz, contemporary dance, and ballet or maybe hip-hop, tap and street. To become a first-class dancer raw talent is essential, however to become a successful dancer one must remain fit and healthy, and have a good strong, well-proportioned body. Different styles of dance require different physiques, for example a female ballet dancer, usually, has to be petite. Choose a style of dance that complements your body structure and develop to your advantage. To become a professional in the industry like an actor you have to be registered with equity a union for professionals within the entertainment profession.

How to be a Make-Up Artist

Make-up artists stylize make-up and hair for anyone appearing in front of a camera (or a live audience in film), television, theatre, concerts, photographic shoots or fashion shows. As a make-up artist, you could create themes from a straightforward natural look to period wigs and make-up or special effects such as scars and prosthetics. Most make-up artists start by taking a relevant course in make-up or beauty therapy and building up their practical experience. Specialist media make-up courses include: BTEC National Certificate or Diploma in Production Arts (Make-up) VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Theatrical and Media Make-up ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Fashion, Theatre and Media Make-up foundation degrees, BTEC HNCs/HNDs and degrees in media make-up intensive courses at private make-up schools.

BMA is one of UK's top fitting model agencies, supplying female and For some of these, you may need to have taken a course in general beauty therapy and hairdressing such as an NVQ level 2 – you should check entry requirements with course providers and see the related profiles for information about entry-level courses. As well as taking a relevant make-up course, you should also try to gain practical experience, build a portfolio of your work to show to employers, and develop a network of contacts in the industry. You can get useful experience in various ways, such as: backstage in amateur theatre, photography projects and student fashion shows.

Once you have built up some experience and made some contacts, your first paid work in film or TV may be as a trainee or assistant to the make-up team. You might also find casual work as a 'daily', doing the make-up and hair for extras in crowd scenes.

How to be a Fashion Stylist

Fashion styling is basically about styling people to the setting. On editorial photo shoots this means styling models for fashion spreads in magazines and newspapers. Similarly styling celebrities for significant red-carpet events and awards ceremonies. The clothes are usually loaned, because when an outfit appears in a magazine or on a celebrity, its high end advertising.

There's a strong commercial element to styling. During a fashion shoot, you have to be hawk-eyed, ready to swoop on any visible incumbents e.g. a bra straps or an uneven hemline. Pickiness and organization are important. Get a qualification under your belt, and then achieve work experience with a stylist in the most stressful environment possible – probably fashion shoots for a newspaper – so you learn to work under pressure and to a deadline. For information on courses and careers in styling, visit the London College of Fashion – www.fashion.arts.ac.uk ; or Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design – www.csm.arts.ac.uk ; or Creative and Cultural Skills – www.ccskills.org.uk

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