I’m excited to launch my all new Faith Flix site with an article just for actors. Talent agents Misty Pyburn, Jean Selig Wenger, and Cheryl Mann offer advice for anyone wanting to break into the film industry.
What one should do if bitten by the acting bug?
“One of the first things one should do when this happens; visit your local library or bookstore for books about acting. One can find info on the internet, but there’s nothing better then turning an actual book page. And, actors still hold scripts/sides so why not start out with a good book about acting.
- Start reading everything you can about acting, the craft, and the business of acting. Soak it all up. This should continue on…Read. Study. Read.
- Tryout for local theatre productions, look into acting workshops in your area, sign up to take one.
- Meet other actors at the workshops so you can network about other projects going on.
- Find out about projects from people you know, trust, and from acting workshops/classes that you are attending.
- Learn a new language.
- Be patient. This takes hard work, dedication, and drive.” Misty Pyburn, Owner/Agent of Acture Talent Agency
“My best advice for those wanting to get into the film industry is to start by doing student films and local indie projects. Actors can also submit for background roles in bigger film projects. This not only allows them to learn from more experienced actors, but allows them to learn about the behind the scenes side of productions. I would also recommend taking acting classes from reputable instructors. These are all great way to learn about the film industry.”
Jean Selig Wenger, Owner/Talent Manager of Treasure Coast Talent
“It is extremely important to invest in quality headshots. Your headshots are your calling card. Your head shot is the first piece of information that you have that a talent agent is going to send to a casting director. You want to leave the impression with a casting director that if this is not the role for you, that they will remember you for a future project.
True story: I had a talent that attended a casting call and turned in his headshot and didn’t get the job originally and when a LA talent turned down the role he received the call and was asked if he would be interested in the lead role.”
Cheryl Mann, Owner/Agent at V & C Talent Agency
For those of you who have been in the industry for awhile, what’s your best advice for breaking into film acting?