Normally, I am just looking for articles on ways to improve my blog exposure but many nights I come across great articles that catch my attention and sidetrack me from what I was really doing.
That's kind of how I live the rest of my day as well.
I start out focused on one task and then something else bumps me off course and before you know it I'm standing out in my backyard in my underwear with a cold cup of coffee looking at my little lime tree wondering why the leaves are turning brown.
How I got there is a mystery in itself but I have a sneaking suspicion that a lot of creative people (writers/bloggers) have this same affliction.
I've said it before and I'll say it again......There is soooo much great stuff on the internet to read and learn from.
Where was this thing when I was younger?
Anyway, one of the articles I was fascinated by last night was written by a gentleman named Pat Pattison who had been on the corporate side of the movie and film industry his whole life and almost by accident found himself re-inventing himself with a second career as a Hollywood actor...... at the age of 55.
I thought here is a man who heard opportunity knocking and he took advantage of it.
When I first exited the corporate rat race back in 2012 I spent a good amount of time looking at alternative paths I could choose to follow for the rest of my life.
One of the options that has always stayed near the top of the list is being an actor.
I have always thought I could be a natural.
I am relatively good looking and getting better and more distinguished looking as I get older and I still think I look years younger than I am.
I have a weird personality, a strong sense of sarcasm, a deviant sense of humor, I don't mind making an ass of myself and I take directions well.
To me that's sounds like a great formula for an actor.
In fact, I did a fair amount of research on the subject and even signed up with a couple of local Phoenix talent agencies.
So far no bites.
If you know anybody out there that might be interested in me let me know.
But seriously, if this gentleman I read about can start a very successful second career at 60 then why can't you?
To help you get started you should seriously take a look at the 16 tips below on how to become an actor.
I have been saving them for a couple of years now just for you.
1. Look up casting offices in your area.
2. Look up talent agencies in your area.
3. Check your Regional Theater Directory for their policy on auditioning and for information about local and upcoming projects.
4. Universities with film departments: Film students are required to produce a certain number of film projects each year and for those projects they are always looking for actors!
5. Find advertising agencies that have clients who shoot on-camera commercials and commercial print ads.
7. Check the arts section of your local newspaper for theaters, shows, plays and events in your area. Take note of the venues where they take place and contact them for the information you desire.
8. Contact local photographers to see if they have contacts for ad agencies, other actors, casting directors, agencies. Agencies and Casting directors often refer actors to certain head-shot photographers.
9. Look up you state’s film commission. Usually state film commissions have a list of upcoming film projects to be shot in that state.
10. See if there are any special editions of magazines and/or newspapers that have to do with theatre, film or acting in your area.
12. Try to find a list of Equity and Non-Equity theaters in your area. Go there and they should be able to give you a wealth of information about where you can go to get started, teachers, schools, etc.
13. Look up acting schools, acting teachers and acting coaches in your area.
14. Look up casting offices that cast for extras, even if they are in a big city like New York or L.A. and sign up with them. Make sure they have your head-shot and résumé and cover letter. But tell them where you are and where you live. If you are not in the big cities where lots of film and extra work is being shot, you’ll want to tell them to call you when there is work to be had in an area you can easily get to.
15. Remember that when building your résumé, the more theater work you have on your résumé from reputable theaters, the more attention you will get from casting directors and agents.
16. You could also go and take classes with casting directors or agents if you can find them. That is a great opportunity not only to meet casting directors and agents, but also to spend time them and for them to get to know you and see you work.
Are you the next George Clooney or Meryl Streep?
Just don’t forget that once you do start to gather some information and take some classes, that the person who will have to execute your acting career is YOU.
To do that effectively and ensure that you position yourself for success, you will need to develop certain skills.
Although there are many different roads to choose, you find some great help on how to become an actor by following the steps you will find on this website "Acting Career Startup.com."
There are also some fun quizzes you can take, many articles you'll find here by experts who have just taken a leap of faith to start a career in acting as well as resources of funding your move and promoting yourself.
I would love to have a couple of Hollywood actors I could call my friends.
Think of the parties we could have?
If you found my blog interesting or helpful, I bet your friends would to so please forward it to them.
The more Baby Boomers we can help the better place we make this world !!!
Thanks for joining me..........................................................