The Actors Help Guide
Long hours, rejection and low pay for Actors
The Actors Help Guide is about learning exactly what acting is all about. It is not about getting spotted in a restaurant and being placed as the star in a Hollywood movie. Acting is very hard work and you need to be passionate and ambitious in order to make it.
Long hours, rejection and low pay is how most of us started out. Whether it's on stage or in a movie, actors need to prepare, study, rehearse and know exactly what to do for every step you take.
There are many links to help you get started and I suggest that you go through everyone of them in order to understand what you are getting yourself into.
Know how to prepare for an audition, where to study and learn about legitimate auditions, castings and agencies.
Once you have knowledge of what to expect from this industry, it is then up to you to follow your dreams and work hard to achieve your goals.
Auditions are Fun
Always be prepared and don't be afraid to ask questions. Arrive for your audition fifteen minutes before the time and make sure that you bring snacks and water with you as it could be a long day!
Don't wear black or white, stripes or colours that will not look good on camera and try to fit yourself into the role of the character you are auditioning for. Dress and act the way you think the character would.
Ensure that you have everything you are required to bring with you and once you audition remember to give it your all as this could be the one!
Open your mouth while you speak and ensure that you resonate your voice in order to project yourself clearly. Your words should come out loud and clear so that you are fully understood. Do not look directly into the camera and don't forget to do some breathing exercises to stop the nerves!
This is very important because there are so many people wanting fame and fortune and to separate yourself as a true artist you need to let people know who you are and what you stand for.
Join acting groups, build a blog or website to showcase what you have done and go to as many auditions as possible but communicate with other people there so that you can get to know where other auditions are. Business cards with your photo and details on it are a good idea to give to the casting director or crew for other prospects.
Know Your Craft
Learn as much as you can about acting. If you do not have the money to study than try to enrol in as many courses as you can. You do not just get discovered and a qualified actor will get the opportunity before you do. So learn your craft, study different types of acting methods, learn how to project your voice, warm your voice and how to behave in front of a camera or an audience.
When you start don't be too fussy on what role you take because experience is key. Do not take on roles that will cheapen you and if you do not want to do nude scenes than Don't!
Acting is fun but very hard work as I mentioned and it takes up a lot of time and energy to get the role that you want. Theatre work is tiring as rehearsals start early in the morning and can finish late at night for months before the actual show.
Be prepared to work hard, give up any social time and learn to budget as most of the time the pay is not great!
Get an Agent
To protect yourself make sure that you register with a reputable agency as you will get work out of them and they will know if the casting is legitimate.
Agents will also ensure that you are prepared for the audition and they ask questions on your behalf.
Agents will not hire actors that are just starting out with no experience so if you have none than join a casting agency to begin with to allow you extras work for experience and hopefully once you have learnt to network there will be better opportunities for you!
Follow Your Dreams!
These links are for your information, I have no connection to these sites.
Send your information with caution and be careful of production companies that you have not researched. I was cast for a role, changed my hair colour and weight only to find that the producer ran away with the funding, halfway through filming. Unfortunately we couldn't continue and it can be very disheartening, so make sure you know everything there is to know. If you need information - don't hesitate to ask! This search engine and connections can be helpful!
I am giving these out for Mailing purposes only. Please do not show up unannounced.
Anita Alraun representation - 5th floor 28 Charring cross road, London wc2hodb
Bigfish Management - 55 Candon Valley, London sw1842z
Jessica Carney Associates - ste 90-92 kent house 87 Regent street london w164eh
The Agency, 47 Adelaide Road, Dublin 4. Tel.6618535 , Fax. 6769951
Center Stage Agency, 7 Rutlidge Terrace, S.C.R., Dublin 8. Tel. & Fax; 4533599.
Ann Curtis Agency, 101 Collins Ave. West, Dublin 9. Tel; 8327708 Fax; 8319537
First Call Management, 29-30 Dame Street, Dublin 2. Tel. 6798401, Fax; 6798353.
Hally Williams Agency, 121 Grange Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14.
Tel; 353 1 493 3685. & Fax; 353 1 493 3076.
Lisa Richards Agency, The Basement, 15 Lr. Pembroke Street, Dublin 2.
Tel. 6624880, Fax; 6624884.
Lorraine Brennan Management, unit 22, Greenmount Industrial Estate, Harolds Cross, Dublin 6.
Tel; 4534355, Fax; 4534412.
Neil Brooks Management, 153 Rathgar Road, Rathgar, Dublin 6. Tel/Fax; 4966470.
Centre Stage Agency, 7 Rutlidge Terrace, S.C.R., Dublin 8. Tel & Fax;4533599.
Stafford Management, 41 Ard Glass, Dundrum, Dublin 14, Tel;2985944, Fax; 2981781.
TN Enterprises, 14 Beech Grove, Booterstown Avenue,Blackrock, Co. Dublin.
Tel;2881537, Fax; 2881541.
Voicebank, The Barracks, 76 Irishtown Road, Dublin 4. Tel; 6687234 Fax;6607850.
Re-Actors Agency, 1 Eden Quay, Dublin 1. Tel; 878633, Fax; 8783182.
Actors & Movers, The Basement, 45 Windsor Road, Rathmines, Dublin 6. Tel; 4961882.
Maureen Hughes, 2nd Floor 74 Dame Street, Dublin 2. Tel; 6711733, Fax;6711736.
Pearce McMahon Casting, 38 Upper Baggot Street, Dublin 2. Tel; 6673568, Fax;6673566.
Children's Agents & agencies
Dramtech Agency, 19An old Soldiers Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow. Tel; 2860889/2762462.
Irish Academy of Dramatic Art, 9 Dunlea Avenue, Sandycove, Co. Dublin. Tel/Fax; 2302691.
Casting Agencies International
Career Artists International 11030 Ventura Blvd suite 3 studio city, CA, 91604
Mackey/Sandrich casting 180 grand street 3rd floor ny,ny 10013
Creative Artists agency 3 arts entertainment 9460 wilshire blvd, 7th floor, beverly hills, ca, 90212
Affordable services inc, 4430 fountain ave hollywood, ca, 90029
Legitimate Casting Agencies are free to join. Make sure that when you send in a headshot or resume that you write on it, "For hire purposes only" These are link
- Screen Training Ireland
- RTÉ Ireland's National Television and Radio Broadcaster
- Irish Film Institute -Home
Irish Film Board/Bord Scannán na hÉireann is the development agency for the Irish Film Industry investing in talent, creativity and enterprise.
- Irish Film & Television Network | IFTN | Ireland Film & TV News and Information | Television
Ireland's leading film and TV resource for the Irish audio visual industry. Breaking Irish film and TV news, filming in Ireland information, Irish film locations, production crew, film and TV finance, post production, actors, Section 481, film jobs,
- Raindance Film Festival and Film Training
Raindance is dedicated to promoting independent film in the UK and around the world through short evening and weekend film courses, workshops and seminars.
- UKScreen | UK Film and Music Network: News, Film reviews, Interviews, Crewing, Casting, Production,
The Film and Music Network
- Entertainment Jobs at Showbizjobs.com - Your source for media jobs in Hollywood and New York City
Showbizjobs.com is the leading brand in entertainment recruiting, serving the entertainment and media industry since 1995.
- Castingyou.com - Home of Casting Calls, Auditions,and Workshops for Actors, Models,and Musicians
Casting you is a password protected site for those who wish to learn more about casting calls, auditions, current Hollywood news, and the acting industry.
- Film-Makers.com - Filmmaking and Movie Making Resources
The ultimate online starting point for film-makers and film lovers. A search engine featuring exclusively movie-related links. Movie makers, film buffs and film students from around the world call Film-Makers.com home.
- Entertainment Jobs and Internships
Entertainment Jobs in film Television music animation Studios Networks: Disney, Fox, New Line, Paramount, Sony, Universal, Warner Bros. more.
- Welcome to Performingjobs.com
- ActorsLife.com : Your resource for information on auditions, acting schools, talent agents, and your
- auditionfinder.com: The Leading Audition Finder Site on the Net
Find Your Rainbow and Live Your World of Dreams!
The Acting industry can be very daunting and unnerving. There are many ways to get into the film industry and many agencies that will give you work just by taking a look at you. The unfortunate truth is that acting is hard work and it takes time to succeed, but with patience and determination, you can achieve your goals.
Top Ten Greatest Screen Actors
There are so many movies and theatre productions around the world and brilliant actors and actresses, who work hard and impress every time.
These are the ones, who are to me, the best in the business and you could learn from them.
Robert de Niro
Robert Downey Junior
Tommy Lee Jones
imdb actors information
- Leonardo DiCaprio - IMDb
Leonardo DiCaprio, Actor: Inception. Leonardo DiCaprio is an American-born actor whose portrayal of doomed suitor Jack Dawson in Titanic made him a generation's definition of a heartthrob. Throughout his career, DiCaprio has demonstrated a high level
- Val Kilmer - IMDb
Val Kilmer, Actor: Heat. Born in Los Angeles, California. Studied at Hollywood's Professional's School and, in his teens, entered Juilliard's drama program. His professional acting career began on stage, and he still participates in theater; he playe
- Robert Downey Jr. - IMDb
Robert Downey Jr., Actor: Iron Man. Robert Downey Jr. has evolved into one of the most respected actors in Hollywood. With an amazing list of credits to his name, he has managed to stay new and fresh even after three decades in the business. In 1992,
- Al Pacino - IMDb
Al Pacino, Actor: The Godfather. Known for his forceful dramatic presentation, Al Pacino is most closely associated with the roles of Michael Corleone in The Godfather trilogy, as well as Tony Montana of the legendary gangster film Scarface. But it w
- Jessica Lange - IMDb
Jessica Lange, Actress: Big Fish. On April 20, 1949, Jessica Lange was born in Cloquet, Minnesota, USA, where her father worked as a traveling salesman. She obtained a scholarship to study art at the University of Minnesota, but instead went to Paris
- Meryl Streep - IMDb
Meryl Streep, Actress: The Devil Wears Prada. Considered by many movie reviewers to be the greatest living film actress, Meryl Streep has been nominated for the Academy Award an astonishing 17 times, and has won it three times. Born Mary Louise Stree
- Robert De Niro - Official sites
Robert De Niro on IMDb: Movies, TV, Celebs, and more...