Hi I am 13 I want to become a horror actor but I'm unsure how I could start.i would like to be in movies like Possum and Nosferatu?
how do I get a agent ?
- Anonymous2 months agoFavorite Answer
Yes, you get an agent. You can't just go to auditions for professional work, they are not open to the general public.
BUT you can't just hire one, especially not yet. No legit agent takes on beginners or amateurs. Only talented, highly-trained and highly experienced people with a strong resume to back it up. Since you're asking this question it's only reasonable to assume you're not ready for an agent and therefore not ready to work professionally.
So where do you start? At square one. Square one is adopting a realistic and mature approach. No one's just discovered and handed an acting career. It's not like in the movies. The reality is VERY different from what people imagine and you might be more interested in the fantasy of what you THINK it's like. This is show BUSINESS. Understand that no one's in this to make your dreams come true, they're in this to make money. Productions invest tons of money and they need to know it's in the hands of people who know what they're doing.
With that being said, before you go and invest so much time, money, and work, research all about the business side. That's what it is after all - show BUSINESS. Being an actor is like running a business where you are the product you need to market and sell. You need to know all about the industry, how you fit into it, and how to navigate it. Backstage. com is a good place to start. Then, if you've never acted before make sure it's even worth it. That it's for you at all. Get into some local, low-key acting classes. Listen to the feedback. See if you can handle it. See if you're good at the craft and if you enjoy it. In short, see if you're capable of pursuing it on a professional level mentally, physically AND financially. Make sure you have a true passion for the CRAFT itself - as opposed to the fantasy of being rich and famous, having fans, walking on red carpets, taking interviews, etc. If you do it for the wrong reasons you will fail before you even start.
If after all of that you find that acting is for you and you're still interested in pursuing a career in it, and if you're capable of pursuing it mentally, physically AND financially, start building a resume strong enough to impress potential agents: Apply to a top-quality acting school (where well-known and respected teachers teach and successful professionals graduated from, not just any acting classes). Get yet more training in the form of workshops and masterclass and the likes (also run by well-known and respected people). In addition, start auditioning for any local non-professional work you can, such as student and indie films. Also audition for or join a community theater or youth theater. Anything that doesn't require an agent. Constantly land leading roles. Win awards for your acting. Take vocal and dance lessons. Also study and master other skills to give your resume a boost (for example: horseback riding, ice-skating, martial arts, acrobatics, dialects, mime, etc.).
Since you're a minor your parents MUST be involved. Starting from doing the research with you, supporting your goal financially and legally, and going to the auditions, shootings, rehearsals, etc. with you. You HAVE to get their approval to pursue an acting career and they HAVE to understand their part in this. They will be the ones running your career till you're 18.
Building an impressive resume takes about a decade of hard work, give or take. That means that by the time you'll be ready for an agent and for professional acting jobs you will be an adult. Around 23. Understand that. It's a little too late for you to be a teen actor, if that's what you were hoping. Teen actors started out when they were much younger, about 5-6. So you'd be aiming for an acting career as an *adult*.
Once you've got an impressive resume under your belt, unless what you want is to act locally rather than nationally you'll need to move to LA (or NYC with just less opportunities but more for theater). Continue getting training and experience till someone you've worked with and impressed (like a director, a producer, an acting teacher, or even a fellow actor) will be willing to refer you to an agent. That's how you usually get an agent. Other ways (like cold-querying with your headshots, resume and demo reel, or getting spotted at a showcase) rarely work. Speaking of, you'll also need to network and get connections in the industry. Stay in touch with people you've worked with. Networking is a big part of this biz.
Only then, if and when you get an agent, you will be able to start working as a professional actor and go to auditions for professional jobs. BUT it doesn't work like you assume here. You can't aim to be just a horror actor, you need to be open to do anything: All genres of TV, movies (including indies), theater, commercials, ads, etc. Understand that. If you limit yourself like that no agent will want to represent you. Agents make money only when their clients book a job. They take %. So they're very selective as to who they take on. You may tell your agent that you'd like an audition for a certain movie you heard about from your connections and they may try to get you one. But the way it usually works is, when a new project starts casting a casting director is hired. The casting director creates a "Character Breakdown" specifying exactly the roles they're looking to fill based on their age-range, looks, ethnicity, special skills, etc. Then they approach the agents they know and trust. The agents go over the breakdown, go over their client database, and submit to the casting director only the clients they believe may fit those said roles (meaning, they send them those clients' resumes, demo reels and headshots). Out of those, the casting director will invite to audition only the handful *they* believe may fit those said roles. Those actors will come in and audition as many rounds as needed till one gets each role. That's the short version. So theoretically, you may be invited to 100 auditions a year or you may never be invited to any auditions. There's no way to know, luck plays a huge part in this. Understand that. Also understand that chances are you will need to get plenty of *professional* experience (and join the union) before you can audition and get any serious roles in serious productions such as national movies and TV shows. So, statistically, it's very possible that IF you ever get a serious role on a serious production you'll be in your 30s or even older. Understand that.The reality is, 99% of professional actors will never get more than a few minor speaking or non-speaking roles, on minor production (including things no one's ever heard of) their entire career, let alone become famous. It's only glamorous maybe 1% of the time for maybe 0.1% of professional actors. The rest is hard work just like any other job. Don't forget, after all it is a JOB. The reality is almost all actors are constantly exhausted, far away from home and lonely. They barely have time to socialize or be with their family. They're hungry for food and live in a small apartment. Their looks, talent, and skills are constantly judged and they're more often than not rejected. They can easily fall into depression. And with all that, they STILL have to make sure they remain healthy and strong - physically AND mentally. That means exercising, eating healthy, getting your beauty treatment as needed, getting therapy if needed... So what I'm saying is, even if you love the craft and are good at it, also make sure that this lifestyle is for you at all. That you can handle it, especially at your age.
Acting is not for most people. So please give it some serious thought and be honest with yourself. Maybe consult your parents. If nothing else, you can still act as a hobby, nothing wrong with that.
- Anonymous2 months ago
Get a chainsaw first and hide in a barn next to a shortcut road in the hills.
- JamieLv 72 months ago
You need professional training and an agent .