Learn how to get roles that put you on the map! If you want to make it as an actor, think creatively to get the parts. Most actors try to break in by going to film school or by going to auditions. There are many successful working actors who didn’t go to film school. They didn’t go to audition after audition.
The problem with auditioning is that there are so many people doing it. You only get a couple of minutes in front of casting. You are just one of many anonymous faces to the casting director. They don’t know you.
The film industry is a relationship business.
Another way to get jobs is to develop relationships so you get roles regularly. Connections lead to work.
There are many jobs you can do on set so that you are working behind the camera. When you get behind the camera, you are working with the professionals who can put you in front of the camera.
Many working actors didn’t get on screen by auditioning cold. They got on set first as a production assistant.
You can connect to departments and people who can help your career this way.
You can talk with the insiders who can get you on camera by being on set. There are a lot of people who can help you – producers, directors, agents, casting directors, DP’s, writers, and filmmakers.
Getting on set doesn’t mean working as a background actor. Background actors often get shuttled away from the cast and crew when they aren’t on camera. Background actors usually don’t get the opportunities to make the relationships with the departments and people who can help their careers.
The jobs you’ll be doing on set will be alongside the people who can help your career.
You can even get roles on the spot and get auditions at a higher level. Sometimes, you won’t need training. Professionals can put you on camera from the set.