Requirements to be an actor in the United states?

3 Answers

  • drip
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Have a talent agent. To work you will need to be member of the guild, SAG. Anyone can audition. 

  • 1 month ago

    I’m assuming you mean a professional actor.  So if you’re looking for some list of things to do to be an actor you’ll be disappointed. There’s no one way to be an actor.  No specific set of steps to guarantee you an acting career.  An actor needs to step up and take responsibility for their career.   It’s a huge investment of time, effort and money with no guarantee that you’ll get one role let alone “make it”.

    But some things to consider:

    If you’re not a US citizen, one main obstacle is getting the necessary work visa to legally work as an actor in the US and those are NOT easy to get.  Production companies do not sponsor actors for a work permit - an actor has to get one on their own. The most common is an O-1 Visa granted to performers who demonstrate "an extraordinary ability" in arts, motion picture or television industry.  Basically an actor needs to be pretty well established in their country to get a visa.

    Additionally, most mainstream productions in the US are union, meaning they have an agreement with an actor’s union (like AEA or SAG-AFTRA) so preference is given to actors who are members of the union.  An actor cannot just join the union.  They need a specific type of experience to be eligible to join.

    Most casting in the US is done through an agent.  So you’d need an agent.  Legitimate agents are paid a percentage of what an actor makes (never pay an agent up front).  So you can’t just hire an agent.  It’s more like they choose you.  

    Talent, training and experience are important for a successful acting career in any country.  A professional actor also needs to understand the business end of things as well.  Attempting a professional actor in the US is like starting and running a business where you are the product being marketed and sold.  You need to understand the casting process (agents, casting director, breakdowns); legal issues (contracts, agents, taxes); marketing (headshots, resume, show reel, website, social media) and networking.  A lot of scams and rip offs prey on wannabe actors who don’t have a realistic understanding of the business.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    In most cases you have to be breathing, although in some horror or disaster movies, maybe not. 

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