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Different Steps For Breaking Into A Career In
Josias Tschanz or "Joe" is an Acting class instructor
for ILSC's Creative English. He has a true passion for
acting, and it has allowed him to travel across the globe.
At the early stages of his career, he traveled to Japan -
acting in several different reality shows on TV. He followed
this by appearing in feature films located in Europe and
Argentina. While he might have found a second passion in
teaching acting to students, he continues to take on roles
in various commercial spots, movies, TV shows, voice-overs,
and even video games. In fact, he recently took on a
voice-over project for The Man in the High Castle.
Joe currently lives and is based in Vancouver. However, his
10-step program for budding actors is actually good advice
for anyone. Below, we will be going over more about his
10-step action plan to break into the field.
Watch A Lot of Plays and Movies
For one, you want to
continue to refine your craft by watching the best in their
field. You want to learn from the best by watching the best.
Take time to watch classic movies and plays. In a lot of the
Western world, you will find cheap DVDs which can help you
cut the costs associated with it.
2. Improve Your
Study as much as possible. It is especially
important to focus on your vocabulary and pronunciation.
Both of these can be absolute deal-breakers when you are
looking to get into acting. You need to be fully able
understood while on screen.
3. Take Drama Classes
You should look to enroll in an English drama class or
other related classes where you will be required to act. One
of the best starting points is Creative English through
Acting, English for Advertising Media, and Creative English
4. Practice, Practice, Practice
You want to practice as much as possible. Look to perform
monologues in front of your mirror daily. That way, you will
be able to see what you look like and notice what you do
well and what needs more refinement. You can even record
yourself on your cell phone while performing for better
5. Take Acting Classes
are fully comfortable watching yourself act, you will want
to look to refine your skills by enrolling in a
film acting programs
that has native English speakers. This
will help you refine your acting skills and practice your
Having a quality
headshot is crucial to get an audition or even an agent.
Therefore, you want to be certain you have a good headshot
to land you new opportunities.
7. Student Projects
Having experience is key. However, getting experience
can be difficult. By entering student projects, you should
be able to land more opportunities to help you get your foot
in the door.
8. Full-Time Acting Program
It's time to really get serious. By now, you should enroll
in a full-time program from a reputable school.
Find an Agent
You have all of the groundwork laid
out at this point. Now, it's time to find an agent who can
find you work.
10. Work Hard
At this point,
you've made it very far. Congratulations, but your work
isn't over yet. Continue to work hard on your craft until
you are able to find roles.
Joe has some other
pieces of advice that you can use. For one, break out of
your comfort zone. Don't stick yourself with specific roles
or styles. Broaden up your horizons and you should be able
to get more and more opportunities.
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