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 Posted: Mon Dec 25th, 2017 04:15 pm
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Doug B

Joined: Thu May 20th, 2010
Location: Eastsound, Washington USA
Posts: 94
It depends. If you are young, a degree from an institution respected in your field will open doors for you. You also need some experience: In college did you play the lead roles or were you "un-named town person #2"? Did your video reel win any awards?

As you approach your 30's things change. People are looking at what you have done, roles you have played, have your plays been professionally produced? Won any awards? And so on.

Of course, on top of this, talent reigns supreme. Casting Directors have very good memories. If you can get an audition and do a good job, you will be added to the long list of wanna-be's. If you absolutely knock their socks off, they will remember you whether you are cast or not.

Finally, in every field there are tricks of the trade, rules that you need to know, experience you need to gain. You can learn what you need to know through trial and error or you can get training where you can learn faster than if you work by yourself.

I'm trying to think of anyone I know who is successfully self taught. Can't think of anyone. The best actors and writers I know are constantly training. They take classes, they join small groups to polish their skills, they take any role they can get for the experience.

Hope this helps.

Doug B