Originally Answered: Where is a good place to get my Acting headshot in Louisiana for an affordable price?
If you're just starting out, JCPenney can be a good place to start! Try searching "photography near baton rouge la" and it will come up with a list of good photography studios. For acting classes try the same search, replacing photography with acting classes. Some of the links I'll post at the bottom will cover headshots also! Anyway, you're probably a beginner actor, so check out these steps on becoming a professional!
Enroll in some acting classes. Without these, you will get absolutely nowhere in the business. For starters, I would suggest an improvisation or theatre class. If you’re looking to break into film or television acting, I would suggest taking a film or television acting workshop to get a feel of how a set works and get familiar with the camera. Basic classes shouldn’t cost more than a few hundred dollars, if that. Stay away from companies such as John Robert Powers, Barbizon, or the like. Many classes are offered at your local theater. With some research on the internet or the phone book, finding an acting class for you will be easy. In addition to acting classes, try getting into singing or dance lessons. These will make you a better overall performer and give you a real leg up over the competition!
After you’re enrolled in an acting class, it’s time to move onto the next step: gaining experience. Audition for local theater productions, school and church plays, and independent films. The most important thing is to get involved as much as you can! As an amateur actor, you will not automatically start out by doing films and television shows. It would be a major plus if you landed some leads or major roles in a production. Some local modeling and commercial gigs require no experience, so try looking into that also. To find auditions, call your local theater company or contact a local community college, which may be holding auditions for student films, which look great on any resume. If you are looking into auditioning for Disney Channel, please don’t send your audition tapes. Unless you have an agent and an impressive resume, you won’t even be considered – you’ll just be wasting the casting directors and your time. Also, “casting call” websites are not a good place to start. Many of those sites are usually scams or require you to pay money. Never pay money to audition!
Now that you’ve been taking acting classes and have some experience in acting, it’s time to begin your long journey in the business. The first step is to get 8x10 color headshots of yourself. If you are very serious about acting, I would suggest getting AT LEAST 300 of these prints, which will be used for auditions, casting calls, etc. Next you need to create a resume, which is a written copy of all previous acting training and experience, as well as your statistics and skills. You can go to http://www.bestsampleresume.com/acting-r… to find the best format for you. Paste your resume to the back of your headshot. This is your business card in the acting world, so make it a good reflection of you! Don’t embellish your resume.You are now ready for the next step, and perhaps the most challenging and exciting step... getting an agent.
You now have your business card for the acting business so now it’s time for the most important step which is getting an agent! Agents help find auditions and casting calls for you to attend and they should not cost you anything, so never pay an agent. They only take around 15% of the money you earn when you book a job, so they don’t make money unless you do! Start out by finding a local agent. To find a list of SAG franchised agencies in your area, visit http://www.sag.org. Once you have selected a few agencies that you like, send them your resume and headshot, along with a cover letter in a yellow envelope. (A cover letter is a note briefly describing why you would be an asset the company.) Do not drop these off. If they agency is interested, they will contact you for an interview. This can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, so don’t get discouraged! When they do call you in for an interview and you impress them, you may be asked to sign with their agency. Once you’re officially apart of an agency, they will find auditions for film, television, commercials, or theater depending on your type of agency.
Those are all of the basic steps on how to become a professional actor or actress. I am not guaranteeing success, but if you follow these steps I know that you will get somewhere. Also, keep in mind that most television shows, films, and commercials are shot in Los Angeles and NYC. Eventually, you will have to move to either one of these cities if you are serious about acting.
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