The Disney Channel is not the only network that can make you a star. Nickelodeon is a major network and just as popular! But where do you start? First, you take an acting class! Gain experience and discover your personal talents as an actor. After this, you will need an agent or representative, as well as professional face photos. Nickelodeon is a thriving network with frequent castings, so when you're ready to take the plunge, audition!
Part 1 of 3: Gaining acting experience
Step 1. Sign up for weekly acting classes
You should do this even if you've acted before, as the classes will help you constantly hone your skills. Opt for basic acting classes, as well as improv and film theory classes. Better to join young adult classes. If your school has a theater department, join.
- To find acting classes in your area, start with an internet search. Write "acting classes + your city" and explore the results. You can also ask for classes at a local theater.
- The cost of the classes will vary, but usually ranges from $ 25 to $ 100 per class.
Step 2. Find an acting tutor
Group classes are very good. They allow you to make friends with other actors and learn from others. However, if you can afford it, consider hiring a private tutor as well. Private interaction can help you grow as an actor.
- To find an acting coach, start by doing an Internet search. Type "private acting teachers + your city" in your favorite browser and review the results. Ask for private tutors at a local theater and find out in your acting classes.
- Tutors usually charge between $ 90 and $ 100 per hour.
Step 3. Gain as much acting experience as possible
Take action whenever you can! If your school is doing a play, audition for one of the roles. Check out a local theater company and join their productions. Try out a variety of different roles so that you learn how to be a versatile actor.
- Help behind the scenes with the lights or props if you can't get a part in the play.
- Look for local audition workshops, musical theater boot camps, and summer programs to participate. You can find these activities by doing an online search and checking your acting classes.
Step 4. Discover your personal strengths as an actor
As you gain acting experience, your strengths will start to show on their own. Maybe you are very good at dramatic roles, but comedy is difficult for you. Keep honing your dramatic talents, but take more time to improve in comedic roles. Strive to become as versatile as possible.
- Keep in mind that Nickelodeon is a lighthearted channel, so most shows will require comedic acting.
- Consider developing your singing skills. Many Nickelodeon auditions will require you to sing a song at the audition, but it really just depends on what role you want.
Part 2 of 3: Becoming a Pro
Step 1. Hire an agent or representative from a reputable talent agency
Agents help you find and negotiate acting opportunities. They also have industry connections and this can come in handy when you're ready to audition for Nickelodeon. Research talent agencies with your parents to make sure they are reputable. If an agent asks for payment in advance, don't work with him. Agents should only receive a percentage (usually 10%) of the actor's earnings.
- Make sure the agent is licensed and bonded before hiring.
- There are many scams, especially with talent agents and agencies, so do your research thoroughly.
- Your agent doesn't have to be affiliated with any specific organization, although connections to a legitimate organization like SAG-AFTRA (the Union of Film Actors and the American Federation of Radio and Television Artists) is definitely a bonus.
Step 2. Get professional face photos taken
Every professional role you apply for, including Nickelodeon, will request a face photo before they even meet you. Your new agent will immediately ask you to take professional face photos, even if you already have some. This is standard practice and not a reason to suspect a scam. Ask the agent to suggest a company you can work with, then make an appointment.
At a minimum, your face photo should accurately show your face and features. If possible, strive to have a face photo that captures your essence and represents the types of roles you would work best on
Step 3. Work on your acting resume
The resume will go on the back of the face photo, so this is very important. Keep it simple so it's easy for casting directors to read. List any acting experience you have. Create a separate section to list any special skills you have, such as dancing, singing, sports, dialects, etc.
- Be sure to include personal and contact information, such as your name, date of birth, email address, and phone number. However, for security reasons, do not include your home address.
- Don't hesitate to ask your agent or your parents for help with your resume.
Step 4. Start booking auditions for smaller roles
Have your agent search for auditions for commercials or even some modeling jobs. These allow you to get used to being in front of a camera before auditioning for Nickelodeon. You can also take a look at the industry and learn how to interact with the camera crew.
- Dubbing work is another good option to gain first-hand experience.
- These jobs look great on your resume; Nickelodeon will notice.
Part 3 of 3: Show up for auditions
Step 1. Watch Nickelodeon castings
Nickelodeon publish auditions for new roles very frequently. Sometimes the roles are leading, but most are for minor or supporting roles. Audition for whatever role is right for you, big or small. Once you step foot in the door, your opportunities with Nickelodeon will definitely expand.
You can view this web page for casting announcements (updated weekly):
Step 2. Ask your agent to schedule an audition
Your agent will help you find auditions. Once you find a good one for you, the agent will take care of reserving it. You'll know who to contact and make sure your face photo and resume get into the right hands at Nickelodeon.
Step 3. Prepare for the specific role you are auditioning for
In some cases, they might give you a script to study, but not always. Sometimes casting directors might ask you to give a monologue. Pick one of his past TV shows and practice it to perfection.
- You don't have to choose a monologue from a past Nick show. Feel free to change it! Use classic or recent material that makes sense for the audition role.
- Depending on the role, they might also ask you to sing a song.
Step 4. Be strong and keep trying
Nickelodeon is a friendly and upbeat community that will always give you second chances. If you didn't get the part for your first audition, don't let that get you down. Keep showing up for auditions. Now that they know who you are, auditions will get easier each time you show up. Just push yourself to be the best actor you can be. You don't usually reach stardom overnight. Keep your eyes on the prize!
Keep auditioning for smaller roles, such as commercials and voice overs, between your Nickelodeon auditions. In this way, you can continue to gain experience and improve your resume
Step 5. Consider auditioning for other networks
Nickelodeon is great, but it's not the only chain in town! Have your agent get you auditions on Disney Channel, ABC Family, Cartoon Network, and other young adult networks. Performing for any of these networks would be so cool. Plus, such an experience will look great on your resume if you decide to audition for Nickelodeon again in the future.