Hard work, persistence, a good attitude, and a commitment to constantly improving your skills is vital. Getting some training under your belt with experienced and professional instructors is a great place to start. The following are some resources for instruction available in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area:
Your headshot is the first and lasting impression that you make on an agent or client. It is important to find a photographer that not only makes you feel comfortable and offers you a great value, but that produces the style and quality of photograph that agents and clients look for. A professional resume is a must, and many actors find a voice and/or video demo reels to be valuable. Here are a few great resources who provide quality at a reasonable price:
When you are ready to take your career to the next level, it's time to seek agency representation. A legitimate agency does not charge you any upfront fees. Each agency has their own guidelines for new talent, whether they have open calls, prefer submissions by snail mail vs. email....it's a good idea to find out first. Think about some questions to ask yourself as you start your search:
Even in large metropolitan areas like Dallas/Ft. Worth, it seems like everybody knows everybody in the local industry. There are many different ways to offer your time and talents. This is an awesome way to network, see your friends in action, and help others get to know you better. Whether you spend a couple of weekend nights as an usher for a community theater, help coordinate a charity fashion show, or volunteer at a film festival... all of these make a positive difference in your community. Here are some places to get you started:
We hope this provides some useful information for you, and wish you the best of luck as you pursue your career!