Getting started – introduction

I want to be an actor. Where do I start?

Becoming an actor.From little ones with a flair for performance, to teenagers, adults and seniors, there’s a lot to know. Before you get started, you might want to ask yourself exactly why you want to pursue a career in acting, keeping the following in mind –  statistics posted in the Guardian last year claimed that 52% of Equity members earn less than £6,000 a year, while 92% of UK-based actors are reckoned to be out of work at any given moment.  These figures are not posted to dishearten you, but to encourage you to pursue acting for reasons other than Money and Stardom, as you may find yourself disappointed.

Both aspiring and established actors know from experience, it’s a tough industry to get into. Out of the thousands and thousands of actors out there, you will find that most are not famous, nor are they rich; that’s why the term “starving actor” is widely used. In pursuing your career, you should know how to proceed safely into the field. “Safely” meaning, physically, psychologically and financially.

Just like any career, an acting career requires training. As an actor you will also need headshots, an acting CV and a showreel to market yourself. Info on these tools are provided within the ‘In The Know’ section. There are also photographer and agency listings withing the ‘Resources’ section. All pages are situated along the black strip at the top of the website.

The pages within the ‘In The Know’ section are meant as a guide – not as the answer to all your questions. The more research you do with multiple sources, hopefully you’ll find a common thread among them all, and then you can direct yourself through the many parts of this industry.