At the risk of sounding arrogant I have decided to do a post on acting advice. I have been doing this for a few years now and frequently get asked on sets. So, here goes!
Top 10 ( In no order)
1) A good headshot. I recommend Diego Indraccolo. He is amazing and does mine. Find him here: http://www.diego.indraccolo.com/
2) A Spotlight entry. Essential. You are invisible without it.
3) A good response to the question ‘What have you been doing lately?’ Not ‘temping’ or ‘watching TV’ something interesting that makes your life sound exciting. Even if the only thing you have been doing is watching daytime TV.
4a) Joining acting sites like Casting Call Pro, Mandy.com, Shooting People and Castweb. http://www.uk.castingcallpro.com/view.php?uid=44261
I am on all of them and not only do I get jobs but I can also ask for advice and it gives me a sense of community. Essential for an actor as our job can be very isolating.
4b) A good clear, concise covering letter that is not generic.
5) A good CV. Leave out damaging information like your age and put playing range instead. DO NOT LIE. The industry is tiny.
6) Being Pro-active. Do your own work. Write. Get seen.
7) Networking. Do this as much as possible. Not just to get jobs but so you know people in the same business.
8) An Agent. Not easy but they can get you castings you will not be able to. It is possible to have a career without one but you will need one eventually. I love mine.
9) Be well groomed at all times. You are a business. No one wants to work with an actor who smells or who can not look after themselves. Also: be nice or you will probably never work again.
10) Only do it if you can not do anything else. It is the hardest, most competitive industry you can go into. Your chances of success are tiny. If that has not deterred you then go for it!,