How long does it take to start an acting career?

Ever wonder how long it will take to start an acting career?

Some people say that it all depends if you can get into the right acting audition websites.

Some people will tell you that if you can get someone to introduce you to an agent, you’ll be all set.

Still others will tell you that if you can just get someone to give you that one chance, that you can make it.

Want the real truth? None of those things are true. The real answer of how long it will take to start an acting career has to do with your approach or the method you use. If your approach is the right one, you can get there a lot faster, which means getting a couple of agents to represent you, frequent auditions and regular acting work. On the other hand if you have the wrong approach, it can take you forever to get to where you want to be if you even get there at all. The graph below shows what I mean.

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Which one of these methods are you using to start your acting career?

Lots of Wasted Time and Energy

So many new actors waste a lot of time, energy, hope and money trying to figure things out for themselves. It’s a shame, because statistics say that they don’t get very far. As a matter of fact, anyone who has been trying to get an agent for a long time and hasn’t been able to get one or who has been trying desperately to pick up some auditions by submitting to websites with no success knows what I’m talking about.

The fastest way to get your acting career started

So just how long will it take for you to start your acting career? If you a REALLY good student who can pick up the right book, read it and apply everything that’s in it to get your desired results then great. You can get there faster than the person who tries to figure it all out for himself.

The best way to get the best results in any area of your life including starting an acting career is to find someone who will mentor you. That means finding a person who knows the business, who has already started getting acting work quickly (which is what all new actors want right?), who is able to teach you what you need to know, willing to teach you and who is also someone you can trust.

That’s what the fastest way to get your acting career started is all about: Step-by-step instruction on video with downloadable materials and presentations, personalized email support, monthly coaching calls, mp3 files of all the videos each week. I challenge anyone to find anything like it in the entire industry that you can do like this online and right from your home and no matter what country you are in.

The fastest way to get your acting career started

Dear John, letter to an aspiring actor




Dear John,

Here’s what I think, not only about acting, but about anything. I believe that passion comes before interest and I’ll tell you why. But first of all, I think you need to do three things if you are really serious about starting an acting career.

What’s more important? Passion or interest?

If I’m passionate about something I can then decide whether I want to pursue it, in other words, whether I’m interested in pursuing it. If I’m interested in pursuing something because of money and fame for example, but I’m not passionate about it, in the end, yes I might make a lot of money, maybe…, but I won’t be happy.

When I was much younger, the concept that it was important to be passionate about something was far from my mind. Now, at my age I realize the the advice one of my college professors gave me was a pearl of wisdom.

I was in my sophomore year trying to decide what to major in. I told this particular professor that I was trying to narrow down my choices, but that I was still stuck between choosing something that would probably take me in the direction in which I could make lot of money and the other choice was something that I really liked.

He told me, “Tony, choose what you love, do your best to be as good at it as you can. If you do that, then the money will come”.

Many years later I know that it is true what he said.

Can you make a lot of money doing something you don’t particularly like?

Does that mean that you can’t make a lot of money doing something you are not passionate about? No. You can. But what I have found is that life is short. The years go by so quickly. You will run into so many people who wake up every morning and who are not happy doing what they are doing. They’re just working and they can’t wait until Friday arrives. I can also tell you this. If you want to get into acting to make a lot of money, I would strongly suggest you do something else. Could it happen. Yes, of course. But that’s not the question. The real question is, “Is it likely to happen?” The answer to that question is a resounding no. The chances of one becoming rich from acting is much less than 1%.

I’ve found that there is much more to life than that. And I also believe and I’ve proved it, that if you love what you do and you work really hard and smart, that you can make money, above average money or even more. How much you make is up to you.

The key for me is 1) to do something I love 2) to help people while I’m doing that 3) and to get paid well for doing things 1 and 2.


So, it sounds to me that you want to act, but I’m not sure you want to do it for the right reasons Michael. Acting is a tough business and it’s the passion that will get you through the many tough times you will inevitably have to go through.

I would love to have felt good about telling you to invest in my home-study course, but based on what you told me, I am not sure that would be a good investment for you at this point.


If you were my brother I would tell you to think hard about your choice for the career you want and to think about what it is you really and truly love to do.

If you decide on acting, then yes I would look for a mentor. I can be one for you if you like, but I want to see you convinced about this choice before you give me your money to sign up for the home-study course. I’m not one of those people who is willing to take anyone’s money. I don’t need that John.

Also remember that getting a mentor is good, but you might need more than one mentor. If your former acting teacher only knows acting, as in the craft, that in itself won’t be enough. You’ll need more than that. You’ll need the business side of it as well. That will make all the difference in the world.

I’m here if you have anymore questions.


If you really want to get your acting career started and you are really serious, then come to me and I will help you. But, I will tell you now, that if you are not serious, then please don’t contact me. I can help you get your acting career off to a great start and give you the tools to get auditions and work continuously, but I don’t want to waste my time with people who don’t want to put in the work and do what’s necessary. If you want to do the work, I will help you and you will get results.
The fastest way to start an acting career

What do you think? What come’s first Interest or Passion?