The Screen Actors Guild currently has more than 120,000 members. That’s a large number of people all trying to secure acting roles at any one given time. The number of people in that guild who have attended acting school, however, is likely to be far less than its sum total. According to Dalyboy Hyppolite, an actor with more than a few roles under his belt, it’s possible to become an actor with no experience – if you just follow these rules below.
Like any craft, getting better is down to exactly two things – learning and practicing. According to Dalyboy Hyppolite, the more you learn and the more you practice, the more likely you are to land that first role. If you’re not going to acting school then the best possible place to learn is by watching those who inspire you, and those who have already made it. Let films be your teacher; place yourself at the altar of TV shows and suck up as much knowledge as you possibly can. Don’t limit this to acting either; print out a script and read it along to the movie. Try to understand why the script was written in a certain way, and how the actors interpret the instructions to give such moving performances.
Hollywood would have us believe that if you’re an actor, packing up all of your things and moving to Los Angeles straight away if the best option for your career. They’re only half right. “LA and Hollywood are definitely the places you want to be for big movie breaks.” Says Dalyboy Hyppolite. “But you’ll want some experience before you move out here.” Instead, audition for your local plays and student productions. Train locally and build up the chops you need before you put your entire life on the line in LA.
Before you’re swamped with roles, it’s important to use the time you do have to learn how to market yourself. According to Dalyboy Hyppolite, this is vitally important to get your name out there, and building a brand about yourself. This includes building an acting website about yourself, setting up various social media channels and being active and communicative with fans and industry professionals. As the old adage goes, it’s not about what you know, but who you know, and this has never been truer than about acting.