There hasn’t been a better time to become an actor in Hollywood than now. There’s the opportunity for those hungry enough looking for ways on how to become an actor in Hollywood films and beyond.
If you’re looking to see how actors get into Hollywood, then this is your blog post to read. In this post, I will teach how to become an actor without acting in school. There are many ways one can become an actor with no experience or very little.
I want to become an actor where do I start
So, you want to become an actor but don’t know where to start?
The first phase every actor that wants to become an actor in Hollywood must complete is to test their circumstances.
Are you a trained actor or are you wanting an acting career with no experience?
Do you have acting marketing materials or do you have no idea what I’m talking about?
If you’re starting then read this part right here:
- You NEED to build your acting marketing materials. These materials are needed to pitch you to casting directors, potential representation, and acting jobs.
- You NEED to build a resumé even if the start of that resumé is projects you create with friends or youtube videos you create in your spare time. (Slowly but surely you can replace the credits in your resumé with bigger productions as your career progresses)
- You NEED a variety or at least a couple of headshots as professional as possible both physically and digitally since your face is a huge asset in the business and your calling card for most projects.
- You NEED to live in major marketplaces or at least have plans to at some point move to major production cities such as; Hollywood, California, New York City, New York, Atlanta, Georgia, Toronto, Canada, and others where the film industry is prevalent and abundant.
- You will NEED to consider some acting skill training classes such as acting for the camera, improv, acting technique, voiceover, script reading and analysis, and others. This will increase the job quality soon so you’re considered for better and brighter roles.
- You NEED to do self submitting to casting websites and/or get an acting agent to submit you daily to acting roles in Hollywood or near your city.
- You GET a mentor or marketing for actors coach to keep you sharp on your marketing outbounds, so you’re prepared to be a professional working actor from day 1. Having a mentor is the major shortcut to getting from where you are to where you want to be. I offer coaching/mentorship on demand through my Dezperate Actor – Cracking the Hollywood Code Online Course whenever you need guidance in your acting for Hollywood films career.
If you’re more seasoned then read this part right here:
- You NEED to update your acting marketing materials at least once a year. These materials are essential to pitch you to better casting directors, remarkable representation, and SAG-AFTRA franchised acting jobs.
- You NEED to replace the credits on your resumé and IMDB account with more updated ones if you haven’t done so in a while.
- You NEED a variety of professional headshots both physically and digitally for better representation and bigger acting roles.
- You NEED to live in major marketplaces if you plan to make this your life career. So, if you’re going for the film industry, there’s no other way but to get to Hollywood, California.
- You will NEED to continue your education in some acting skill training classes such as acting for the camera, improv, acting technique, voiceover, script reading and analysis, and others. This will increase the job quality soon so you’re considered for better and brighter roles.
- You NEED to start self-submitting to better representation that will submit you daily to acting roles in Hollywood so you can spend your time working and continue to develop your skills as an actor.
- You GET a mentor or marketing for actors coach to keep you sharp on your marketing outbounds, so you’re prepared to be a professional working actor from day 1. Having a mentor is the major shortcut to getting from where you are to where you want to be. I offer coaching/mentorship on demand through my Dezperate Actor 2.8 – Representation On-Demand Online Course whenever you need guidance in your search for representation in acting for Hollywood.
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Is it easy to become an actor in Hollywood?
The short answer to this question is no. Just like any other career, this one is all dependent on you, especially at the start of your career. Remember, nobody knows who you are, how skilled you are, or even who you are in a new shiny town like Hollywood. It’s up to you to get known and heard in tinsel town.
You can become an actor in Hollywood in this day and age, but you need to get your career started somehow. If all you can do now is get information and take online classes so be it, but as long as you’re moving one step closer toward your dreams and goals is all that matters. Everything and Anything is possible in this life, we need to have the courage to go after our dream goals and careers. I was once a very Dezperate Actor, but I gave myself enough time to figure it out. Even if I had to work odd jobs to make ends meet, I still went after my goals and dreams and I accomplished so much.
Now, I want to help young people like I was once and encourage them to pursue that big audacious goal of becoming an actor in Hollywood. It is very possible for me and I know it could be very possible for you too. Even if you move at a slow pace (sometimes I still do), or you’re a fast learner all that matters is that you move even an inch closer towards that goal of your dreams each day you get the chance to breathe and wake up.
How hard is it to become an actor in Hollywood?
So, How hard is it to become an actor?
The answer to this one is very it depends. I know, not the ideal answer you were hoping for, but I have to say it depends on the individual. I don’t know you, so I don’t know if you’re the type of person that gives up too easily or the one that perseveres after every failed attempt. Because even with a mentor you may avoid many mistakes, but it’s inevitable for you to fail one way or another. The advantage of having a mentor/guide throughout your career is being able to make the least amount of mistakes while getting quicker towards your goal.
If you’re experienced as an actor and/or have taken any of my online courses you are eligible to get a coaching session with me! Go to Dezperate Coaching – 1-1 Actor’s Marketing Coach – to schedule a session today!
How do you become a Hollywood actor with no experience?
If you want to know how you become a Hollywood actor with no experience my Dezperate Actor – Cracking the Hollywood Code online course will help you. If you want to know it in written form then the shorter version would be to gather at least the marketing materials because your foot in the door does not rely on acting experience, your foot in the door relies on your looks and skill.
In the looks department, it’s important that for your marketing materials you always present yourself as professional as you can be, because first impressions in this business are everything.
In the skills department, you must have marketing skills because that’s the true path towards more acting jobs, more reliable representation for your career, and lifelong friends and acquaintances that will help your growth even further as you grow your career becoming a Hollywood actor from no experience to rich in experiences. Any other skills you develop are an absolute plus for your career such as learning a new language, musical skills, athletic abilities, or any other positive attributes.
How to be a successful actor in Hollywood
The only path to success for an actor in Hollywood is to surround his/her self to be fully immersed in the industry. Meaning showing up to acting industry events, from more work on set to casting offices, to agent’s agencies, to networking events, red carpets, television sets, industry-related conferences, and many more.
Hollywood can also be a very confusing place and that’s why I recommend having a mentor holding your hand or at least explaining to you the process of breaking into or consistently working as a successful actor in Hollywood.
A successful actor in Hollywood is always learning because learning never ends. The more you polish your skills, the more successful you’re going to be in human nature. The most successful actors I’ve ever met are working on themselves and polishing their skills to be better every day.
How to become an actor in Hollywood
So you wanna know how to become an actor in Hollywood?
Well, I broke it down in the paragraphs above, but if you don’t want to read all that I got the summary here for you.
You need to start gathering or creating your acting marketing materials. I teach this in my Dezperate Actor – Cracking the Hollywood Code Online Program.
You make sure it is as professional looking as possible and up to date as well.
You Live or move to a major city such as Hollywood, California for more acting job opportunities.
You start self-submitting for acting jobs on legitimate casting websites such as; CastingNetworks.com, Actorsaccess.com, and CastingFrontier.com.
You send acting marketing materials to professional representation for your acting career future. I teach this in my Dezperate Actor 2.8 – Representation ON Demand Code Online Program.
You network in your acting jobs on set, industry events, and classes to expand your network of connections and potential future opportunities for brighter acting roles.
You work your way to become a SAG-AFTRA franchised actor to pursue bigger acting roles in the union.
You take more classes that stretch you as an actor and keep the mantra of always learning, keep learning to polish your skills as an actor.
You use your spare time to keep learning about the industry, take classes, develop projects, help other people and develop/grow your skills.
You get a mentor to coach you and guide you through how to navigate the film industry to avoid pitfalls and get faster to your goals. I offer online courses if you want me to be your mentor on demand as well as I offer coaching for those that have taken my courses or are more seasoned as actors at The Dezperate Actor – Coaching for Actors
Coaching for actors focused on marketing can help actors develop strategies for promoting themselves and their work to agents, casting directors, and other industry professionals.
How to navigate the acting industry moving forward
So whether you want to learn how to become an actor in Hollywood movies, television, commercials, or short films anyone can achieve this. The hardest part is always to start. That’s why I made it easy with my online courses for anyone to learn no matter if they have experience or not.
The steps to get your career started don’t rely on your acting skills, but it does need some effort on your part. Once you learn how to do it the proper way you’ll learn how easy it is to live the life of your dreams. If you have the patience, dedication, perseverance, and tenacity to do this, I promise you it’s possible. I still can’t believe I officially took the leap of faith back in 2011 and now more than a decade ago I’ve had such a wonderful time in my career. You can be looking back 10 years from now making even more than I’ve been able to do in Hollywood because you’ll avoid most if not all the mistakes that held me back.
Make sure to treat this time like the most important time of your life, because it is! This is the time you finally learned how to become a Hollywood actor and you’re leaving with the knowledge of how to put a plan together and get that dream career started. If you set your mind to greatness you will become great. I hope you can count on me, my blogs, my coaching, and my courses to be a helpful guide on your journey to success as an actor.😉
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The Final Recap
The acting industry is not an easy one to get into if you’re not a knowledgeable person, that’s why we pride ourselves here at Dezperate Actor to help you in every way to navigate through this industry. We believe with the right knowledge, mentorship and proper action taking anyone can prosper from the benefits of becoming a Hollywood actor.
Our acting resume templates are specifically designed to showcase your talents and highlight your experiences in the industry. With a polished and professional resume, you can stand out to casting directors and increase your chances of landing your next big role.
What I Learned From Going Through This Process Myself
Acting in the Hollywood industry is a powerful source of revenue and experiences. This is a very unique industry where you get the opportunity to work in so many different projects and productions.
I learned a lot about acting obviously, but in an effort to stay sane, I learned how to hone in a process and system. And that’s why I decided after more than a decade in this acting industry to help other actors achieve greatness much faster than it took me. There was a lot of gain here so soak in all of our knowledge here in our blog for free and in our premium programs.
Finally, thanks to everyone who reads this! Knowing you’re here, reading these tips, makes the painful process of writing so much easier for me. From the bottom of my heart I want to say thank you to all you fellow actors. My job is to get you out of Dezperate mode into professional actor mode.
Feel free to share this with many of your acting colleagues if you feel like it, it will definitely help out for us to grow and keep giving knowledge to more people just like you!
Thank you so much and peach out 🍑
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