Career Goals—4 Ways To Discover More About Acting

Posted April 1, 2021 by in Career

Acting is a great way to apply your creativity and entertain others. You may be interested and curious about acting but aren’t sure where to start or how to go about learning more on the topic.

There are a few different ways to discover more about acting and help you figure out if it’s what you want to get into going forward. The good news is that there are many ways to reach your end goal and find success and not one path or playbook about how to do so. Learning and improving your skills and abilities is a great start point in helping you discover more about acting and succeed in this area.

Couple embracing on stage during a theater performance.

1. Learn from the Best

One way to discover more about acting is to learn from the best. For example, you can study well-known and impressive artistic directors in the field such as Travis Preston of CalArts. Take the time to read actor and director biographies and autobiographies and see what tips and advice they have to offer and how they got to where they are now.

Studying people who you want to be like will help get you closer to you reaching your acting or directing goals.

2. Take Classes

You can also learn more about acting and possibly make a career out of it by taking classes yourself. It’ll help you become more confident and comfortable with your expressions and speaking in front of others. Get involved by signing up for classes that will help you improve your skills and allow you to better understand your strengths and weaknesses.

You’ll be able to bounce ideas off of others and get input about how you’re doing from those who are experts in the field. It’ll be a great learning experience and will help you discover more about your style and what roles you may be best suited for in the future.

3. Be an Observer

Another idea for how you can discover more about acting is to be an observer. Go to plays and theater productions and see people in action. Take notes about what they’re doing that you find appealing and what you may want to stay away from doing when you’re acting. Not only attend live performances but also be more observant and tune in to people and your surroundings in everyday life.

Studying life and regular human interactions is one of the best and easiest ways to learn how to recreate what people do on the stage.  

4. Network & Attend Events

Discover more about acting by networking with others in the industry and attending related events. Meet people from all different backgrounds and experience levels and be prepared to ask questions and learn from those you encounter. You’ll not only be able to expand your list of connections and maybe find a mentor to work with but you’ll also learn more about the industry itself and the lingo and best practices for breaking into it.

You never know who you’ll meet or who may be helpful, so be open to talking to a wide variety of individuals when you’re out and about. 

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