Get clear with who you are and WHY you are doing this. If you believe that getting a part will make you lovable, unique, and immortal, it won’t. Act because you LOVE it and KNOW that nothing else will satisfy you for the rest of your life. You will then have something called an acting career. It may not happen when you want it to or how you want it to, but it will eventually happen if you stick around long enough.
Learn To Act
Ah, for those who view acting as a simple skill to be acquired in a cold reading class en route to celebrity, think again. There are too many AMAZING actors out of work for anyone to hire an actor who is less than wonderful.
Know Your Product
Figure out what you’re selling. Yes, you are selling a “product” as far as the buyers are concerned. For buyers (producers or anyone who is in a position to hire you) to buy your product, you need to know what your the product is, how to pitch it, and who to pitch it to. A good acting school might pay lip service to this; a great acting school will actually help you define your product and teach you how to sell it.
Change What You can, Accept The Rest
Things you can’t change: your height, your ethnicity, your past. Things you can change: your weight, your acting ability, your self-destructive tendencies.
Become An Adult
Fix your relationships with mom and dad, even if they’re not around any more. Actors are always treating casting directors, agents, managers, directors, and producers as disapproving or emotionally unavailable parents who need to be won over at any cost. Clean up your relationships with your family of origin, and you will show up at auditions as a professional, not as a child looking for approval.
Also clean up your act emotionally and physically. Get rid of that abusive boyfriend, put down whatever drugs you are doing (yes, sugar is a drug and so is nicotine) and get comfortable in your own skin, whatever that happens to look like. It’s what the audience comes for and pays to see.
It’s called a play, not a root canal. And actors used to be called players. Not intense people, or angry people, or crazy people, but people who play – players. Play and people will want you around. Suffer and you will suffer alone. It isn’t fair, because of course we want to be loved for our suffering and our victimhood, but I didn’t make the rules.
Get A Car
If you have money, get a new Honda or Toyota, they keep their value and they will get you to your audition. No one will hire you because daddy bought you a Benz. Buy yourself the Benz after you’ve earned it – it’s a totally different feeling.
If you don’t have money, buy a used Honda or Toyota, because again, these cars will get you to your audition.
Don’t live with potheads, losers, or professional acting students. Live with someone you respect, who is going where you would like to go.
Get to Los Angeles, but do so with a plan. That’s right, a plan, like where you’re going to live, what you will do for money after your cash runs out, and where you’re going to study if you’re in need of acting classes (everyone is).