Becoming a famous actress is a dream for many actresses, but only a few actually achieve stardom. Becoming a famous actress means being up against immense competition in one of the most competitive industries out there. Making yourself known to the masses and maintaining a successful acting career is hard work and requires dedication, passion, and a little bit of luck. However, if you have the right strategy and execute it, you will be able to gain fame.
Method 1 of 3: Learn the Art of Acting
Step 1. Enroll in acting classes or a local acting studio
Look online for classes offered by your community center, or find acting studios where you live. If you don't have acting experience, this is a great way to meet other actors and actresses and learn the basics. Call the studio to see when the next class cycle will start and to determine if it is within your budget.
- A good study will teach you the basics first. You should avoid any studio or teacher who boasts or worse, who promises that they can make you a "star."
- It could take many years to develop and hone your acting skills, so don't be discouraged if acting doesn't come naturally to you. Consider becoming an actress and focus less on being famous.
Step 2. Study playwriting in high school or middle school
If your high school education offers you to study playwriting, this option will be a good way to get an early start on acting. Acting requires you to understand complex scripts, memorize hundreds of lines, and have the ability to perform in front of an audience. Studying playwriting in high school will give you an introduction to many fundamental areas of acting. Be sure to audition or sign up, whichever is required.
- Famous actresses can be stars on stage or on screen. Likewise, voice acting is also common on radio or movies.
- Studying playwriting at school can improve your interpersonal skills, as well as your mental, physical, and emotional development.
Step 3. Determine if you prefer stage performance, movies, or television
Performance on stage and screen are very different environments. Stage performance is a performance in front of a live audience. You will have more time to rehearse and learn dialogue than you would for a movie or television show. You'll learn acting for the stage in drama class in high school, but some of these skills carry over to the screen as well.
- Other differences include the ability to vocalize. When performing on television and movies, you use microphones that can record sounds, while on stage you have to make your voice resonate.
- In stage performance, outfit changes usually happen much faster.
Step 4. Study acting at college or another college, such as an acting school
Consider choosing an acting school when looking for colleges to attend. Some of the best schools for playwriting and performing arts include the Juilliard School, Yale University School of Dramatic Art, Carnegie Mellon University, and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
- Many high schools of playwriting require an audition for a student to gain admission.
- Try to build a consistent portfolio and take on as many roles as you can while in high school to increase your chances of getting into a performing arts college.
- Competition for admission is often very fierce and includes filing a lot of paperwork.
Step 5. Accept opportunities to act
Don't shy away from a role if a producer or director thinks you are a good fit for it. If your high school drama teacher wants you to be the lead role in a play, take this opportunity. You have to perform in front of an audience to forge your skills and develop your talent.
- You have to act in some unpaid roles until you get paid as a professional actress.
- Try to take on roles that challenge you and give you a great diversity of skills.
Step 6. Stay fit and be active
Roles may require you to be physically fit to perform certain maneuvers or to fit a certain image for production. Performing on stage also requires physical prowess and stamina to continue vocalizing the dialogues and performing the actions on stage. By maintaining good physical condition, you will prevent casting directors from dismissing you for your physical condition.
- Obviously, you don't have to be a size 0, but you do have to stay healthy and be able to adapt your appearance.
- Getting sick could also stop production if you are a primal character. Therefore, make sure you take vitamins and maintain a healthy and balanced diet.
- Make sure you get enough sleep.
Step 7. Learn new skills like singing and dancing to broaden your acting range
While it is true that you don't have to learn to dance, sing, or play an instrument to act, these skills will broaden your range and make you more attractive to casting directors. See if you can take an extra class at the community center or get a tutor to teach you these skills. Horseback riding, archery, gymnastics, diving, martial arts, hand tricks, juggling, and circus skills are some performing skills that could increase your ability to become a famous actress.
- Anna Kendrick, Kristen Bell, and Emmy Rossum can sing, dance, and act.
- If you want to become a famous music star, then singing and dancing are necessary talents.
Step 8. Rehearse frequently to hone your skills
A great way to see your own progress is to record yourself every day to see how your acting skills develop. When you are done with your scene for the day, review your recording and write down annotations of what you can improve. Rehearse the scripts for a home audition and get your acting friends to help you.
- Choose scripts in a genre that you find specifically challenging, such as comedy, romance, or drama, and practice them to hone your versatility.
- Similarly, you can do specific voice or movement exercises to improve specific aspects of your acting ability.
Method 2 of 3: Get Auditions
Step 1. Have a photographer take a profile picture of you
A good profile photo is essential to obtain roles. Casting directors might watch yours and call you for auditions. Search online for photographers who specialize in profile photos where you live and call them to schedule an appointment. This type of photo exists to inform the casting director about your appearance, age, and what you are.
- Make sure to put your makeup on and do your hair before taking the said photo so that you look great. Consider also including a photo that shows your natural appearance.
- Profile photos taken by a professional can be expensive and run anywhere from $ 400 to $ 1200.
- Be as natural as you can in this photo and avoid a lot of editing or makeup so the casting director knows what to expect when you audition.
Step 2. Hire a representative
A good manager has industry connections and is capable of getting auditions for roles that you couldn't get on your own. Schedule meetings with representative agencies and talk to different people in the industry to get a few references. Representatives also negotiate compensation in some circumstances.
- Many representatives charge 10% of the earnings of the actor or actress they work with.
- Similarly, reps help you prepare for auditions and can impart useful knowledge about an acting career.
- Be sure to thoroughly review the contracts or agreement with an attorney or equally qualified professional before signing any of these.
Step 3. Surround yourself with other people in the acting industry
Networking within the acting industry is very important and can help you land roles if you meet the right people. Make sure to stay in touch with the directors and other actors and actresses, and you could be the first on their mind for a specific role.
- Remember to be a nice person and who you can talk to and work with easily. If you have a bad reputation, it will be difficult for you to get auditions.
- Many actors continue to work with the same people during their career.
- Never turn down the opportunity to attend a meeting to talk about a potential role or a new project someone is working on.
Step 4. Stay persistent even when rejected
You won't get every role you apply to, but that doesn't mean you should throw in the towel. Keep honing your skill and network within the industry. This way, at some point you can become a famous actress.
- Matt Le Blanc struggled for years to land a role before ending up on the hit television show "Friends" in 1994.
- If you keep getting turned down for the same roles, try changing the types of roles you apply for.
Step 5. Attend workshops
Workshops or seminars are opportunities for actors to present their skills in front of casting directors or producers. Actors attend these workshops and read scripts to potentially land roles in the future.
Make sure you are well dressed and prepared with a monologue when you attend one of these
Step 6. Look at the casting calls open to the public where you live
Sometimes there are opportunities open to the public so that actors can land a role in a movie or play, depending on where you live. Most of these calls require that the actor have a profile photo and a resume of his previous performances.
- Acting as an extra will give you an appreciation for film production and acting. Don't turn down these opportunities.
- Don't turn down business opportunities. Dakota Fanning, Farrah Fawcett and Jodie Foster have acted in commercials before making it to the big screen.
Method 3 of 3: Stay Relevant and Popular
Step 1. Hone your skill by practicing
Even after hitting the big screen, it's important to get better during your journey. This means learning from other actors, rehearsing your roles, and understanding the script and characterization.
- An actress adept of the Stanislavski method personifies her role by assuming the personality and life of the character she acts. This makes your performance more organic.
- As time changes, the methods of acting also change. Make sure you stay up-to-date with the latest trends, and take advice from successful actors and actresses in the industry, even if they are younger than you.
Step 2. Be selective when choosing roles and pick some good scripts
An easy way for an actress to be forgotten is to choose bad roles. Don't trust your manager to pick a role for you and read all the scripts before accepting one. Reject roles that could harm your future trajectory. Also, don't take on similar roles in succession, or you could be pigeonholed.
- Be realistic with your acting range and choose the roles that you can perform.
- Do not take roles that make you feel uncomfortable or that require your nudity, to say obscenities or what you consider as an immoral message if you do not want to do it.
Step 3. Understand your community of fans when you have it and what they expect of you
Doing something very unusual could hurt your track record and turn your fans against you. Staying in a concise frame will hold your fans back.
Even though humans do not have a dimensional personality, by being a famous actress, you will be a role model for the girls and women in the world
Step 4. Stay active and keep looking for new roles
Due to the rapid spread of news and information, it is important that you stay at the forefront of people's minds. Taking a few years off could mean people forget about you in that time. Stay active and keep working. This could mean putting off relationships, having a family, or developing a relationship.
Some actors bond with producers and directors, and end up making multiple movies with the same people
Step 5. Move to a city focused on acting
Moving to a city that has more audition opportunities will mean that you are more likely to find work. Keep in mind that this also means that the competition will be tougher in these areas. The best cities to perform are Los Angeles in California, Baton Rouge in Louisiana, Albuquerque in New Mexico, Auckland, Mumbai, etc. Research carefully if you will invest in moving to these places.
- Being surrounded by other actresses will also allow you to network within the industry and learn new things.
- In many acting-focused cities, the cost of living is higher than average.
Step 6. Connect through social media and YouTube
Social media has allowed for a greater connection between actresses and fans, and it's a must-have if you want to remain relevant today. Make sure to keep your social media short and concise, and to work with your manager or representative to develop a good strategy. Digital video has also made it easier to come up with personalized content, and delivering it to your fans for free will help your community of fans and your career grow.
- Posting ignorant or negative things on social media can destroy your track record. Make sure to work with your manager on what you will and will not say.
- Don't get into fights on social media because this will shorten your brand.
- Review the videos your team will post to make sure they are liked by your fans.
- Believe in yourself.
- Be confident when auditioning for a role and in front of casting directors or producers.
- Prepare to be rejected many times for different roles.
- Don't be pretentious, always be willing and receptive to improve.
- Make sure you treat people with respect and dignity so that you don't earn a bad reputation.