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How can I become an actress in Atlanta?

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Answer #1 | 22/12 2013 10:04
If you're talking about trying to work as a professional actress in Atlanta, the first thing you have to understand is that professional acting is a business. Companies are in it to make money, not discover new talent or help you make your dreams come true or anything like that. You'll have a much better chance of succeeding if you approach your career like a business and don't expect to get "discovered" or something. Your cousin can't just let you use their agent - that's not how it works. You can't just hire an agent or let someone else use or agent. Legitimate agents are paid on commission - which means they get paid a percentage of what the actor makes. Since they are paid only if the actor can book professional jobs, they're very picky about who they take on as clients. Unless you're "marketable" and can book professional jobs, your cousin's agent won't be interest in representing you - and it's the agent's choice not your cousins. So to get started you should focus on getting good quality acting training and audition for what you can in your area - school plays, community theater, church shows, student films and things like that. Then research and learn the industry. You'll have to understand the casting process, who the players are, and what they do and don't do. You'll need to understand industry contracts, actor unions, how to market yourself, and how to network and make connections in the industry. It's not like you can just get a agent and sit back and wait for them to get you auditions - most actors who take that approach don't get very far in the business. You need to be active in your own career and make good business decisions. To do that, you have to understand the industry. So in addition to getting training and experience, read industry trades and websites like http://www.backstage.com/actor101/ . Read books about the business end of acting and how to manage a professional acting career. Books like include "Self-Management for Actors: Getting Down to (Show) Business" by Bonnie Gillespie and "Acting as a Business" by Brian O'Neil might be helpful. Good luck.
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