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Source : Yahoo AnswersQuestion : Get started in the world of acting?

I’m 14 and absolutely love acting. I want to be an actor but have no idea to get started. I’ve not got any experience in acting apart from primary school plays. I have received options for my GCSE and am thinking of picking this drama, history and then either media studies or business studies as a back up. Please could you give me agents numbers, acting classes anything and everything that could improve my chances of making it in the industry. ALL help is appreciated.

Answer by anunnaki
I’m not experienced in this, but I would agree that connections matter the most in this profession. So you gotta start making them now. Start with the drama coach at your school, or other local schools. Find an online forum related to theater and drama (for teens or aspiring actors). Find others who are successful at your age and collaborate… ask them if they have agents, etc

Answer by writing89
Since you are just getting started I suggest take it slow. You want to audition for plays at school and community theatre. So many people your age think if they can get an agent then they can land a spot on the Red Carpet- it doesn’t work that way. Start slow, get your feet wet and see if this is something you REALLY want to do. Remember there are a LOT of unemployed actors in the world, and only a few ever “make it big”

Answer by Lee C.
I agree take it slow. Don’t get ahead of yourself and start looking for an agent just yet. Sign up for your drama class and get to know the teacher he or she may have some audition materials and can help you further your career. Get involved in your school plays and community theater. Another great way to get involved is by being in student films at your local college. They almost always need actors to you should give them a buzz on when their next auditions are.
Look up acting classes in your phone book or even ask your community theater if they have any workshops coming up (they usually do in my area).

Loving acting isn’t enough to make it as a successful actor, you have to train and hone your skills and actually perform, whether in theater or film.

Best of luck

Answer by TruthTeller59
Since you’re 14, MAKE SURE YOUR PARENTS ARE INVOLVED!

Here’s the cliffsnotes version of what you can do to do to get into acting:

1.EDUCATE YOURSELF FIRST!

READ (check Samuel French, libraries, and bookstores):

Acting business:
-Acting is Everything: Gold Edition-Judy Kerr
-How to Be a Working Actor-Mari Lyn Henry and Lynne Rogers
-Self Management for Actors-Bonnie Gillespie
-How to Get Arrested-J. Wallach Michael and Paul Thurwachter
-An Agent Tells All-Tony Martinez
-One Less Bitter Actor: The Actor’s Survival Guide-Markus Flanagan
-So You Want to Be in Showbusiness?- Steve R. Stevens
-Acting Truths and Lies (purchased at www.info4actors.com)

Acting:
-Book the Job-Doug Warhit
-Intent to Live-Larry Moss
-Acting for the Camera-Tony Barr
-Acting in Film-Michael Caine
-Acting Class: Take a Seat-Milton Katselas

Method Acting:
-Art of Acting-Stella Adler
-Sanford Meisner on Acting-Sanford Meisner
-A Dream of Passion-Lee Strasberg
-Actor’s Art and Craft-William Esper
-The Power of the Actor-Ivanna Chubbuck
-No Acting Please-Eric Morris
-Respect for Acting-Uta Hagen
-Challenge to the Actor-Uta Hagen
-You Can Act!-D.W. Brown
-Strasberg’s Method-Lorrie Hull

Comedy
-8 Characters of Comedy-Scott Sedita
-The Sitcom Career Book-Mary Lou Belli

Improv
-Anything by Viola Spolin
-Steve Book on Acting: Improv

Auditioning/Cold Reading:
-How to Get the Part Without Falling Apart-Margie Haber
-Audition-Michael Shurtleff
-Secrets to Successful Cold Readings-Glenn Alterman

2.GET TRAINING!
Definitely take classes in:
-Cold Reading/Auditioning
-Improv
-Scene study
-Commercials

3. Get GREAT headshots

Here’s is a good place to start:
http://bbs.backstage.com/eve/forums/a/tp…

4. Build Your Resume and Reel Doing Student films and Indie Films. Also do plays to build your acting experience.

Sample Resume:
http://i707.photobucket.com/albums/ww80/ELDORADO59/scan0002.jpg

How to make an ACTING resume:
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AtPvL4SjI7JFo5ef8t3cNwzty6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20091011203729AAkQetj&show=7#profile-info-TDkteHfQaa

The ONLY LEGIT Online sites that you can find jobs on your own through:
ALL SITES NOT LISTED BELOW ARE QUESTIONABLE!

-ActorsAccess.com
-LACasting.com
-Nowcasting.com
-NYCasting.com
-NYCastings.com
-Backstage.com

Free but proceed with caution:
-Castingcallsearch.com
-Mandy.com
-Craigslist

5. Get an Agent

Look up LEGIT agencies here:
http://www.agentassociation.com/

http://www.sag.org/content/find-agent

To get an agent, you need to get GREAT headshots, a good resume, and training from the best. These are enough to get you a commercial agent at least. Getting a GOOD theatrical agent (Film/tv) takes longer. Most good theatrical agents won’t see you unless you’re SAG, have a polished resume, and a demo reel. Commercial agents are more lenient about that. What the best Commercial agents want to see on your resume are good commercial classes, improv, and cold reading.

You can get an agent multiple ways. Here are a few common ways:
-Mail in an unsealed manilla envelope with a CONCISE coverletter and headshot with the resume stapled on the back. If you have a demoreel include that too.
-Attend a showcase and impress them. By showcase I do not mean scammy conventions like IMTA, IPOP, Proscout, or Best New Talent. I mean legit ones like at Actor Connection, Reel pros, Network Studios, etc.
-Get a referral from a friend who is with the agency that you’re interested in

DON’T
-Email them unless they tell you to. IT’S UNPROFESSIONAL!
-Call unless they tell you to. ALSO UNPROFESSIONAL!
-Walk in and ask for a meeting. UNPROFESSIONAL THREE!
-Sign with them if they ask for upfront money, make you take new photos with THEIR photographer, or take THEIR classes. Agent’s ONLY make money when you do. Agents usually make 10% on film/tv and commercials and 20% on commercial print.

Source : Yahoo AnswersQuestion : What are the different types of tarot cards and what different readings do they give?

Hi! I’m a beginner at the world of tarot. I was wondering if someone who knew more about them could explain to me a little about the differences in types of decks and which one would be the best to learn? Thank you!

Answer by Anastasia
i dont know much about what your asking but i do know that you can’t buy them yourself and they have to be a gift. and alot of them come with an instruction book and its really not hard to learn, as the book tells you what to do and what every card means

Answer by ♩ป๑๑D๑๑♬Mบffïท♪
If you google Tarot you’ll find loads of info. One site I’ve played on a bit is facade.com.
It has info that may interest you.
You can purchase Tarot decks there as well.Also, I’ve been using various Android Tarot apps, if you can access them. My 2 fave apps are Galaxy Tarot by Galaxy Tone Software, & Yes/No Tarot by Horoscope.com. Both apps & the facade.com site have been eerily accurate for me, at least 85% of the time, in the past year.

Answer by Emily
You do NOT want them as a gift. In fact, you have to be there, able to feel for YOURSELF. If a deck speaks to you, grab it up! You can find numerous books (some are even included with cards) that will help you guide yourself through Tarot and even give you some examples of spreads. And remember, practice is perfect. 6 years later, I’m still learning. 😉

Blessed be!

Answer by gushers
http://www.aeclectic.net/tarot/learn/meanings/

Answer by *ZenLove*
For starters Tarot Cards usually have the same layout of cards

In the sense that they all have Major Arcanas and Minor Arcanas; of Cups, Wands, Pentacles & Swords.

Sometimes., depending on the Tarot Deck. The Major Arcanas are named differently ( to coincide more appropriately with the overall deck) Because each deck is unique in terms of illustration.

Sometimes the meanings or illustrative meaning of a card is slightly different to one of another deck.

Their Are Differences Between Tarot Cards., & Angel /Oracle Cards. Relatively speaking

Angel/Oracle Cards., are more religiously based/approriate. As they are believed to give messages from angels, and past loved ones.

Whereas Tarot Cards Can give an overall reading depending on the spread you use.

Spreads are the different layouts you can use to read a card.
Their are Many different spreads., used for different purposes.

The most common spread is Celtic Cross. and /or the Astrological spead.,
Followed by the 3 card fold. of past present future. (easiest / common spread)

I suggest Looking for a Deck that speaks to you. personally. I find Its good to use illustrative decks., just because the illustrations on the cards usually translate into the meaning of the card… so your identifying with each card more intimately based on the illustrations.

Once you identify with each card. and know their meanings., you will be able to understand and make more solid connections based on the cards and the spread that its in.

It takes practise. But if you put the time and effort to learn it will get easier with time.

** There is a common belief which [i believe] originated from gyspy culture (based on stories I was told as a child growing up., as some of my ancestors were gypsy.) that your 1st Deck must be a Gift. I think it’s more or less as a probationary learning period.

Although My first Deck was a gift at 16 from my mother., I dreamt of another set. 5 yrs later and found it within a yr to date of my dream. and is now my main Tarot Reading Deck.

If you are superstious. then perhaps ask for a set of tarot cards..

Im a firm believer that the cards will find you* when the time is right. or vice versa. it’s a ‘calling’ so to speak

Answer by Crystal clear
There are tons of different decks. You can see an extensive list here:
http://www.aeclectic.net/tarot/cards/list.shtml

I would personally recommend starting with a Rider-Waite deck (I like the Radiant Rider-Waite deck myself) and working through this exercise book http://www.amazon.com/Easy-Tarot-Guide-Marcia-Masino/dp/0917086597.

Once I had worked with this deck for a few years and learned it well, I found it easier to move on to working with other decks that I was drawn to.

I don’t agree that the deck has to be a gift for it to be an effective tool for you. I think that’s just a silly superstition. Who knows you better than you? It makes sense that you would be the best person to select a tarot deck for yourself.

What spreads you use and how you interpret the card readings will be things you develop along the way as you learn them.

Source : Yahoo AnswersQuestion : How do i become an actress?

I’m 14. I want to become an actress.
I love just being weird & goofy.
I also love to be in plays, musicals, and all that stuff.
I have always wanted to be an actress since i was little,
and i have told my parents many times to get tapes out there,
or let me do auditions,
but they wont! URGG.
Is there any way i could somehow become famous without my parents help?
When i’m 18 i’ll do it myself anyways, but why not start trying earlierrr.?

Answer by Gage B
dont give up on your dreams!!!!!!!!!

Answer by Muddy Pig
idk what to tell you… but you could put videos of yourself doing things that might catch peoples eye on youtube. i hear alot of people get discovered through youtube. so thats all i can think of and i hope i still helped:) OH and never give up on ur dreams!!! i have the same dream as you and im thirteen, and all i can say is keep trying no matter what comes up to try and prevent you from following ur dreams! GOOD LUCK:) -Muddy Pig

Answer by Allyse
Not a lot of people get discovered through Youtube. But it’s a great place to get feedback.
Unless your parents are fully engaged in wanting you to be a child actor, you can’t do much of anything because you’re a minor. There is nothing you can do because since you’re a minor your parents need to shuttle you to auditions and sign release forms that allows you to work.
If they don’t budge then stick to school plays and drama class at your school and try to gain as much experience that way.

Either convince them or wait til you’re 18.

Answer by TruthTeller59
I’m an LA Actor giving you the REAL DEAL!

Here’s the cliffsnotes version of what you can do to do to get into acting and eventually get an agent:

1.EDUCATE YOURSELF FIRST!

READ (check Samuel French, libraries, and bookstores):

*=Highly recommend

Acting business:
*Acting is Everything: Gold Edition-Judy Kerr
*How to Be a Working Actor-Mari Lyn Henry and Lynne Rogers
*Self Management for Actors-Bonnie Gillespie
-How to Get Arrested-J. Wallach Michael and Paul Thurwachter
*An Agent Tells All-Tony Martinez
-How To Book Acting Jobs in TV and Film-Cathy Reinking
-One Less Bitter Actor: The Actor’s Survival Guide-Markus Flanagan
-So You Want to Be in Showbusiness?- Steve R. Stevens
-Acting Truths and Lies (purchased at www.info4actors.com)

Acting:
*Book the Job-Doug Warhit
*Intent to Live-Larry Moss
-Acting for the Camera-Tony Barr
-Acting in Film-Michael Caine
-Acting Class: Take a Seat-Milton Katselas

Method Acting:
*Art of Acting-Stella Adler
-Sanford Meisner on Acting-Sanford Meisner
-A Dream of Passion-Lee Strasberg
*Actor’s Art and Craft-William Esper
-The Power of the Actor-Ivanna Chubbuck
-No Acting Please-Eric Morris
-Respect for Acting-Uta Hagen
-Challenge to the Actor-Uta Hagen
-You Can Act!-D.W. Brown
-Strasberg’s Method-Lorrie Hull

Comedy
*8 Characters of Comedy-Scott Sedita
-The Sitcom Career Book-Mary Lou Belli

Improv
-Anything by Viola Spolin
-Steve Book on Acting: Improv
-Improvise: Scene from the Inside Out-Mick Napier

Auditioning/Cold Reading:
*How to Get the Part Without Falling Apart-Margie Haber
*Audition-Michael Shurtleff
*The 15 Guideline Map to Booking-Amy Lyndon
-Secrets to Successful Cold Readings-Glenn Alterman

2.GET TRAINING!

Regardless of how “naturally talented” you might be, you NEED training, PERIOD!

Definitely take classes in:
-Cold Reading/Auditioning
-Improv
-Scene study
-Commercials

3. Get GREAT headshots

Here’s is a good place to start:

http://bbs.backstage.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/8011031/m/246101692

4. Build Your Resume and Reel Doing Student films and Indie Films. Also do plays to build your acting experience.

Sample Resume:

How to make an ACTING resume:
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091011203729AAkQetj

The ONLY LEGIT Online sites that you can find jobs on your own through:
ALL SITES NOT LISTED BELOW ARE QUESTIONABLE!

-ActorsAccess.com
-LACasting.com
-Nowcasting.com
-NYCasting.com
-NYCastings.com
-Backstage.com

Free but proceed with caution:
-Castingcallsearch.com
-Mandy.com
-Craigslist

5. Get an Agent

Look up LEGIT agencies here:
http://www.agentassociation.com/

http://www.sag.org/content/find-agent

To get an agent, you need to get GREAT headshots, a good resume, and training from the best. These are enough to get you a commercial agent at least. Getting a GOOD theatrical agent (Film/tv) takes longer. Most good theatrical agents won’t see you unless you’re SAG, have a polished resume, and a demo reel. Commercial agents are more lenient about that. What the best Commercial agents want to see on your resume are good commercial classes, improv, and cold reading.

You can get an agent multiple ways. Here are a few common ways:
-Mail in an unsealed manilla envelope with a CONCISE coverletter and headshot with the resume stapled on the back. If you have a demoreel include that too.
-Attend a showcase and impress them. By showcase I do not mean scammy conventions like IMTA, IPOP, Proscout, or Best New Talent. I mean legit ones like at Actor Connection, Reel pros, Network Studios, etc.
-Get a referral from a friend who is with the agency that you’re interested in

DON’T
-Email them unless they tell you to. IT’S UNPROFESSIONAL!
-Call unless they tell you to. ALSO UNPROFESSIONAL!
-Walk in and ask for a meeting. UNPROFESSIONAL THREE!
-Sign with them if they ask for upfront money, make you take new photos with THEIR photographer, or take THEIR classes. Agent’s ONLY make money when you do. Agents usually make 10% on film/tv and commercials and 20% on commercial print

Written by PsychicWilliam

Psychic William….. Likes to keep it simple and jargon free! Rather than me say how good I am, why not ask those in my room who have had a reading… Anyone can talk a good story.. You decide if I am what you’re looking for :oD

I don’t use any tools although I can use cards if you wish me too. My connection is always given in context and I present evidence all the time. It may be random but it makes sense….