September 12, 2012
Forum School Of Acting
Hello Mr. White,
I live in Oklahoma. I was wondering how to get started in being in shows and maybe movie’s.
I have a agent now, for modeling and commercials. I would like to be in Disney shows.
I am 18 now. But I will be 19 this week. But I look 12. I am 5’1 I have blue and green eyes. I have blonde hair.
Thanks for any information you can give me – Apryl
Thanks for the email.
It’s great that you already have commercial representation. Your best bet for starting out on booking film and television work is to start learning how to act and really applying yourself diligently.
Once you start getting some chops, get some headshots and present yourself to your agent. See if they can hook you up with a theatrical or television agency. If not, you’re going to have to go about it the old fashioned way. Check out some of the articles on my site for more information.
You’re actually in a bit of luck. There is a fairly large (relatively speaking) demand for actors and actresses that are over 18, but can readily play younger roles.
Now, realize that it’s probably a fairly short time frame that you’ll be able to pull that off, but you could end up booking a lot of work early on, as hiring actors under 18 puts strict limits on how much they can work, not to mention that they have to have all of their contracts approved by a court.
Now, I say this assuming that you have some decent acting chops and you’ve followed some of the recommendations in my book. Even still it can be pretty tough…
I don’t really know what the film scene is like in OK, but I know there is a fairly robust one in Austin, TX. That might be a slightly less intimidating place to start building up some experience and credits. Check around where you live and see if anyone is casting for some indie films in your area.
The quality might not be so great, but you never know. Ultimately, the best place to go for film and television work is LA.
Having said all that, check out my book Acting For Film And Television, I think it will help you a lot.