Great Do's and Don'ts
(by Amy Schulz)
student, experimental, low-budget, and independent films. Do community
and independent theater. Remember,
acting is doing—not just studying and
The more experience you have
acting, the more you
learn, the more you'll grow, and the better your acting will be.
DO go for a variety of roles. This way you will stretch yourself as
an actor—which will make you a more well rounded actor.
DO get a computer—you'll be using it A LOT. It's an essential tool
for any actor to have a computer or to at least have access to one (if
you don't have a computer, I suggest setting aside some cash and
investing in one). You will be spending a lot of time on your computer
creating letters, keeping your resume up to date, editing photos, and
looking for work.
DO put up your own acting site on the World Wide Web. This is
probably the best way to market yourself (second only to your headshot
and resume), and it's accessible to anyone with a computer, 24/7. Here,
you can promote your latest news and endeavors, nicely display your
resume, photos, and headshots, and include audio and video clips. Talk
DO look for acting jobs everyday. Essential sites to frequent are
Playbill, backstage, Actors Access, Acting Magazine and Craigslist. Also
check out the 'links' section of my website.
DO your mailings every day—or every day that you find something to
submit for. Even if you don't think you're quite right for the part, but
you suspect that you could be, submit yourself anyway. Trust me,
sometimes it pays off—you may inspire the film-maker or director and
change his or her mind about the character. It's worth every try.
DO have a variety of monologues ready to go at all times (comedic,
dramatic, classic, and contemporary).
DO carry headshots and resumes with you at all times. You never know
who you'll run into!
DO take classes whenever you can.
DO join a theater group or company—this will inevitably keep you on
DO your own thing. MAKE your acting career happen. Write a play,
stage a reading—and then star in it. Make your own movie.
DO work with other actors. Establish friendships. Collaborating is
DON'T give up on your dream.
About the Author
an actress in NYC. Her website can be found at www.amyhoerler.com/menu
(includes loads of links and tips for actors).