Teen Acting and Modelling – The Steps

22 Feb

Teen Acting and Modelling – The Steps

Acting and modelling in teens is very ‘popular’ right now. More and more  young TV shows, programmes etc are hitting our screens. With this, more and more kids want to be involved, their parents also willing to pay whatever amount of money to see them on the big screen. This post is for those who REALLY do want to take acting and modelling seriously and want to get started on the industry.

First ask yourself, will I be committed? Will my parents  be OK with the times I might need to get off school or the money they have to pay? You need to really think it through, once the moneys been spent and you’ve said you’d be committed, there is no turning back.

Its good to have a foundation base. Going to a Drama club, dance classes or anything like that. Even the smallest thing could give you that little ‘oomph’ to progress further. Try out scripts from the internet and imagine yourself saying it to a proper director at an audition. Try different poses in the mirror and also check how photogenic you are. The most important thing you need is confidence. Confidence is the most ESSENTIAL thing. You could be horse poo at what you do, but if you have confidence, you’ll win them right over!

Get an agent or sign with an agency. This is important because then how else are you going to find jobs? This is also the hardest part and the part I messed up on. When choosing a reputable agency, you need to gather information and READ EVERYTHING THROUGH. There may be hidden charges, cracks in the information etc. Make a list of all the agencies you have seen, then give them ratings, such as their past clients, awards they have, do they hold auditions or not, is the money worth it? Also look on forums about this. Ask around, get as many details as you can. Why? Because once you’ve given them your money and you realise how bad they are, you’ll be kicking yourself in the shins.

Once you’ve got an agent, it depends on your experience and skill to be chosen for jobs. Try getting as much little experience as you can as it adds up. Once you have got a few jobs, you will get in a routine. At jobs, make sure you interact well, talk to the director or the photographer. Ask him /her how their day has been. Be polite, talk to the rest of the cast or other models. Don’t be afraid to speak out and make sure you feel comfortable in what you are doing. This is important to be successful.

Lastly, just enjoy what you do.  Don’t brag about it at school, it will make you less popular. Keep it quiet. Be on time to castings, be polite, practise your lines/poses and most of all, be yourself!

All my love,

Nat x

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