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How to Find Acting Jobs Where You Live
How to Get Acting Jobs in Your Town
Finding acting jobs and any kind of performance work in the very beginning of your career could be either very easy, or very difficult. A lot of it depends on where you live. In case you live in a small village somewhere in Romania, finding plenty of quality acting jobs could prove to be quite a challenge. If this is in fact your case, my best advice would be to pack your things and move to London!
If you’re serious about becoming a working actor, London is your closest big opportunities city and you should be willing to exchange everything in order to pursue your dream. In case you’re not old enough to do such a drastic change in your life, the next best thing for you would be to concentrate on living your life to the fullest and attending some sort of community college or maybe local theater for occasional performances and wait until you’re old enough to move to either London, Los Angeles, New York or any other secondary acting city of the world.
If, however, you are living in North America or Great Britain, then you have a big pool of choices for acting work.
In the United Kingdom, top 5 best cities for acting jobs would be:
London beats them all by far, as it’s the third theater and film city in the world (giving the first positions to only Los Angeles and New York) by the amount of film and stage work being produced there. This means that if you want to become a working actor, you better give it your best shot to move to London as soon as you can. If you're already in the capital of the UK, or just planning to get there soon, you will benefit greatly from this website on How to Become a Working Actor in London, as well as researching for tips and advice like "best drama schools" on Google.
You need the information, otherwise you'll come to be lost in one of these huge cities!
When you’re in the US, your top three choices are:
- Los Angeles (film/TV)
- New York City (theater)
- Chicago (theater)
If, however, you’re not there and aren't keen on moving, these cities are also good for an actor who’s just starting out: Atlanta and Twin Cities. There’s plenty of work there, and their theater scenes are also quite big (Atlanta has also a lot of filming/TV shows jobs at the moment). Make your decision, because you will still have to move eventually when you'll decide to chase your dream (that is if you’re nowhere near these places).
Finding acting work as your career starts in one of the major cities isn't such a difficult thing. The reason being is that you can’t be too picky about the projects that you choose, therefore, any student film with a few lines will do as your first filming experience. After, you can also start submitting yourself for small, independent stage productions when you have a little experience and training under your belt. Stage productions are a little more difficult to get into, and after you have been accepted, remember that these are not just one day projects. Some of them run from 1 week to a few months, so keep that in mind.
After you have decided which part of the acting industry you’re going to tackle first – screen acting or stage acting – it’s time to decide how you’re going to approach this. First, like it was said in How to Get Discovered as an Actor, you will need great marketing tools. That is: headshots, show reel and acting resume. You probably won’t have the show reel (demo reel), so forget about it for a few months. Concentrate on putting up a good acting resume where you should include your description, special skills, your acting training and experience. For more advice on these marketing tools, see the previously mentioned article.
Try to include everything that you can remember where you acted even a little bit – fill out that white space. When the resume is done, try to find a cheap photographer that can get you inexpensive headshots (acting photograph of yourself). You need these to submit yourself for acting jobs in the industry. Get those done, and having these two in your arsenal, you’re almost ready.
Now all you have to do is register a profile on one of the casting websites online. Google for the best one or see best casting call websites in acting business. Pick out just one (it’s enough for now) and create an account. Pay for the monthly membership. You can now upload your acting resume there, your headshots and put up a description. Later, when you have your show reel, you can add that one there as well, so don’t forget to do so!
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Projects in Your Area
When your profile is ready, go to the listings part of the website and search for acting jobs available in your city or in the places close to you. For example, if you live in Orange County, you can easily submit to some Los Angeles filming projects (it’s up to the casting people to decide whether they want you to come over or not from that far away).
Same with UK: if you live in Brighton, submit to everything in London. Then you just jump on a train and in less than an hour you’re in Victoria train station.
Submit yourself to every little project out there, create good cover letters for your submissions and then just wait for offers of acting jobs to start pouring in! Make sure that you always maintain your casting profile, that you update it whenever you do another acting gig; it’s very important that casting people see all the credits on your profile and also notice the fact that you are constantly working and looking for acting jobs. Just keep at it, and you’ll be getting offers without submitting in no time!
Additionally, don't forget to educate yourself. Check out these top 3 best books on how to get cast as an actor and find work below. Knowing how to behave in auditions and how to find work as an actor will raise your chance of becoming successful quicker.