Useful tips for wannabe actors / actresses
So, you want to be an actor / actress… Well, if you are unclear on how exactly to become one, don’t fear, I’m here to give you some useful tips to steer you in the right direction.
Contrary to popular belief, being an actor or actress is hard work. In South Africa it’s highly recommended that you study drama at a private college, university or technikon. You can enroll for a drama course at University of Pretoria, Rhodes University (in Grahamstown), the Tshwane University of Technology, University of Johannesburg, University of the Witwatersrand, The Stage School, University of Stellenbosch, the University of Cape Town and various other public and private tertiary institutions.
If you’re a natural actor / actress you can venture into acting without studying drama, but then you’ll probably have to wing it without an agent. Take note that most agents will only take on an actor / actress who has a drama degree / diploma or other relevant qualifications though.
Once you start working, chances are that you won’t get famous and you won’t start earning a Hollywood A-list salary overnight. You need to pay your dues. Remember that there are thousands (if not millions) of people out there who all you want to famous, just like you. It takes years of practice and a lot of hard work to perfect your art and to reach your full potential.
You need to have a thick skin. Chances are that you’ll go to hundreds of auditions and get lots of casting calls before you get the part that puts you on the map. You need to be able to deal with rejection, which means that you need to be mentally and emotionally strong. The industry is pretty saturated in South Africa, so make sure that being an actor / actress is what you really want to do before you attempt it.
We recently spoke to Zetske van Pletzen (of 7de laan fame) and Althus Theart (of Bakgat fame) and asked them for some advice for all you wannabe actors and actresses out there, check out the video below to see what they had to say in the second installment of our #youwantmyjob series of blog posts and videos.
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