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Become an Actor
Have you toyed with the idea of becoming an actor for years, knowing it's right for you but trying to be a bit more practical? Well, it's high time you tell that voice in your head to be quiet and get to business on pursuing your dreams. Someone's going to be the next big star -- why shouldn't that person be you?
Study acting at a university or arts academy. Though it's possible to do without this step, if you don't live in LA or New York, this is a pretty standard go-to option. Alternatively, you can join a local theater group. You'll get exposure to the pros, learn about techniques, and get automatic chances to work on a stage. For the more tangible stuff, you'll be building your resume, getting exposure and setting up a network. And your teachers will constantly be pushing you to do more, practically taking care of the motivation part for you.
Acting as a career involves more than just performing in movies. Working actors perform in live theater productions, at theme parks, in commercials, and on television shows. As actors start their careers, many work multiple jobs, such as working as extras in films or TV, to support themselves financially.
While many actors live in large metropolitan areas, such as Los Angeles or New York, production companies all over the U.S. hire actors on a regular basis. Travel is often necessary, and competition for acting positions is extremely high. Acting can be a tiring career, both physically and emotionally; actors often spend hours at a time at repetitive auditions and rehearsals. Rejection is constant for new actors starting their careers.