How to Break into the Business - By Brynn Casey for the 2017 Winter Issue of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Take some photos Whether you want to be an actor/actress or model, taking some simple photos with your phone or camera is the first step!
Find an agency I would not have had all the opportunities without my agency. To do this, submit your photos to acting and modeling agencies and hope for a call or email. Once you are with an agency, they will proceed to send you on auditions. Be aware of what agency you submit photos to- there are scams out there! Steer clear of paying just to be with an agency. Legit agencies do not ask for money just to be represented by them. However, paying for headshots and giving you agency a portion of the money you make from jobs is acceptable.
Tips from a pro: This process may take a while, but if you really want to pursue this path, it is worth it so stay with it. Do not get discouraged! You have to stay committed. This is a very competitive business that many people desire to be in. Make sure you are outgoing and stand out! You have to have a flexible schedule. Last minute is a good way to describe this business. Missing school and traveling are common once you break into this career. Have fun! There are so many amazing people and opportunities that can come with this journey.
How to be an extra, by Delila Matara - Issue 11 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
As a teenager, it is very hard to gain the recognition you deserve. I was in the same exact situation as you. My name is Delila Matara, and this is how I got on television. I started out with a small home movie produced and directed by some family friends. After a couple shots, I fell in love with being on camera. My mother liked the idea as well, so we began getting more and more involved. Here is a very personal tip from me to you: the internet will be your best friend during this adventure. Always look for open-calls on the internet. But before I send you off, here are a few tips….
1. Never go to an interview/casting without an adult. 2. Make sure you have the correct working papers, permits, and worksheets for that particular state/audition. 3. Do major investigating on where you are going! (If it seems shady, get out of there) 4. Try to make friends, you never know who you are going to meet. 5. Always bring different color shirts/pants/shoes. 6. Check your email for specific outfits & what you need to bring. 7. Bring along a notebook & pencil, just incase you need to write down information. 8. Make sure you know who you are meeting with. 9. Try to find out that agency’s instagram, facebook, and/or twitter. 10 . If you wear makeup, bring along foundation with you. 11. ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS, get enough sleep & something to eat.
Do not be fooled by the small word, “extra.” Every single extra in a show or movie, makes the difference. Without all these people involved, the scene does not seem realistic. I hope that these tips were helpful, my best wishes go to you, future actor/actress!