More people have contacted me this week asking me if I could help them in contact with a talent agent or casting director. When I asked if they had any experience acting they all told me “no”. They went on to say that they just believed that they could do this “acting thing” if they could only have a chance.
Actors get fired too!
Don’t let this happen to you!
A lot of people think that once you get an acting job, that it is automatic that you will keep it. We hear about people with regular jobs sometimes getting fired, but no one ever talks about actors getting fired from their jobs. It happens more than you might think.
3 Reasons why actors get fired
Here are some of the reasons why:
1. Inability to take direction from the director, which my research tells me, is often due to a lack of acting skill and acting technique that enables the actor to get into character and make adjustments as the director requests.
2. Unprofessional behavior on set or on stage. Professionalism extends from being punctual, respectful of other actors working or preparing to following the rules the production company and/or the director has imposed, etc.
3. Can’t remember their lines. It’s that simple. Knowing your lines must be second nature. That frees up mind space for the next most important thing, which is listening to your scene partner and to what’s going on around you in the scene, so that you can react naturally and be present in every moment.
Actors get fired: A true story
Once while working on the set of Law & Order, a supporting actor had several scenes in which he had to interact with the main actors. He was obviously not prepared and had a difficult time remembering all his lines. They had to cut the scenes time after time and start over. At first the director and the main actors were very understanding and encouraging. After a while, they started to get perturbed, then they simply got upset.
By that time, the actor was under so much pressure that it only made the situation worse. He was done. He was befuddled and the director finally called for a break and called the actor in for a talk. When the director returned, the actor was no longer with him and we never saw that actor again. The scene schedule was rearranged and they hired another actor for that role.
Actors get fired: How to keep it from happening to you!
It happens. That’s why I always say, get trained first before you start looking for acting work. Even though a casting director usually is able to pick up on an actor who is not ready to sustain a role, sometimes they slip up too. You can bet that the casting director who casted that actor was under some pressure too, not only to find another actor for that role asap, but more importantly to make sure that something like that never happened again.
Just because you get the acting job, that’s no guarantee that you will keep it. You need to be able to get through the audition, but then you need to be trained well and able to “carry” a role, which means to be able to do it justice, perform it well.
Time is money.
If you are on set and make the director waste time, which ends up meaning wasting money, because you are not prepared, you not only risk being fired, but you also risk making a bad name for yourself in the industry. News travels and unfortunately for that actor in the true story above who got fired, the news wasn’t good.
Don’t let that happen to you. Learn the craft of acting before you start looking for acting work. Contrary to what a lot of people think, actors do get fired. So going back to what I wrote at the top of this page, don’t look for a chance to start your acting career until you are ready to take advantage of that chance. If you are looking for a talent agent or to find acting auditions before you have gotten any training, then I strongly question your motives for wanting to embark on an acting career.
Do you know what directors expect of actors while working on set?
Do you know the terminology that directors and crews will throw at you while working on the set of a film?
Do you know proper etiquette while working on set or on stage?
Are you prepared to start working as an actor?
Do you have an acting technique you can fall back on?
How are you at taking direction and making adjustments to your performance?
All those things I just listed here above are part of your preparation. If you are really serious about wanting to become an actor, then you will want to learn all those things and more, before you start looking for a talent agent and acting work.
Also remember what I said in this video about 3 things you need to know about starting an acting career:
1. Learn the craft first!
2. Do it for the right reasons.
3. Learn the business!
Take heed to that advice and you’ll see how you start to make things happen in your acting career.
Your Acting Career Mentor
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