Talent can only get you so far and in the entertainment business, your acting career also requires experience. So how do you get that?
The best way is to go to an audition and hopefully land a part. Don’t think about how much they will pay because the objective here is simply to build up your resume. If you are able to do that, it won’t be long before you get a big break.
You can also gain experience by participating in an amateur production. If you are still in school, join the dramatic society or the youth drama club.
To discover your other strengths as actor and your weaknesses that you can improve on, it will be a good idea to sign up for an acting class.
Should you live in a city that does not have a major theater company or studio, you have to take a big leap and move either to Los Angeles or New York where the big names of the entertainment industry are located.
You don’t have to do all the work by yourself to gain experience as an actor. An agent can help you look for small gigs to help you get started. You just have to find one and then impress this person so he or she can use their contacts to find work for you.
Just be careful when you are looking for an agent because there are some who will ask money from you upfront. If this happens, walk away because an agent only gets paid when you have a job. They usually get 10% of your gross salary and that is for each project.