March 12, 2013
Forum School Of Acting
i recently found your website and liked what you had to say. i read through it but still have a question. about a month ago i got a commercial agent that likes my look and since then has been submitting me for roles via lacasting.
my fear and concern is that i won’t land auditions. i don’t know if i have a marketable look. i’m out of shape and i notice a lot of times they want actors that are ‘fit.’
i also don’t have any experience so i have a very novice resume. i have every intention of getting training. (i’m trained but need more. i was thinking of attending a local acting school) but i want to be competitive against all of the other submissions out there.
what do i do? experience would be the biggest helper but the catch 22 is you need experience to work and i can’t work without experience.
can you give me any good advice?
thanks in advance,
Thanks for the email.
First of all, congratulations on the commercial agent, that’s a nice step.
Your fears and concerns are the same that almost any actor goes through. The best advice I can give you is to keep working on your craft, which will in turn help your confidence, which will eventually help you start booking.
As far as your “look” or whether or not you are “fit” is largely irrelevant. In fact, that you are not a “model” type actually works in your favor in a lot of ways.
Believe me, there are no shortage of ridiculously attractive waiter / waitress / “actors” out there that can’t book squat. If you’re right for the role you’ll book it, plain and simple.
All of this stuff just takes practice. Auditions, booking, actually working and then making a career.
You’ll get there if you are smart, work hard and have a little luck and a lot of pluck.
Hope this helps and best of luck out there!