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How to Get an Actor's Equity Card

Actors' Equity Association, or AEA, is a labor union founded in 1913 to protect the rights of stage actors and stage managers in the United States. Actors' Equity Association makes negotiations for its members regarding wages, health-care options, fair work hours and safe working conditions. Most professional theater in New York City, as well as many national touring companies and professional theater around the United States, use actors that are a part of Actors' Equity Association. There are several contracts Actors' Equity Association members can work under, including benefit contracts and contracts for large and small productions. Follow the steps below to become a member of the Actors' Equity Association.

How to Get Into Acting

Film and theatre productions are constantly on the lookout to find the next big actor. The field of acting is quite competitive, with thousands hoping to break into the profession. Acting requires a number of skills such as good memory, improvisation and a range of speech patterns. Some roles may require song and dance or musical ability on an instrument. Casting directors have a long list of skills they require of an actor.

How to Become an Actor in Chicago

Before embarking upon a career in acting, it's important to understand the difficulties of the profession. While parts of it can be exciting and glamorous, there is a great deal of hard work and effort needed for most actors to succeed. New York City is where the East Coast actors work their trade, Los Angeles is where the West Coast actors congregate and Chicago is the theatrical center for the Midwest.

How to Find 'Extra' or "Background' Work for the NYC Actor

Want to work as an 'Extra' or 'Background' actor in the New York City area? How do you get started? Info ahead!

WHAT IS IT?
Background Actors or Extras require no actual acting experience. In fact, what they do is not acting - and this type of work should NEVER appear on an acting resume. Basically, it's professional standing around.

The pay varies depending upon whether you belong to one of the acting unions or not. For non-union performers, it's mostly minimum wage. For union performers, it's about double that.

How to Get an Acting Agent in Toronto

If you are an aspiring actor living in Toronto, Canada or thinking about moving there, somewhere along the road you will need an acting agent. An agent is the person that represents the actor. He submits the actor for various projects which may lead to auditions and ultimately booking the job. The agent also handles the business aspects for the actor. For instance, he negotiates pay rates for clients and gets all necessary contracts signed. Getting an agent can be challenging, as agencies can be picky in what they are looking for. The actor has to have a thick skin and be able to handle rejection well.

How to Become an Actor in Miami

Hollywood is not the only place where a person can become an actor. While many actors eventually head to Hollywood to further their career, acting is a craft that can be begun from practically any location. Miami has a thriving film industry and a number of film production studios are based out of Miami. In addition, there are acting schools and classes available, both privately and through area colleges.

How to Become a Middle-Aged Character Actor

Whether you are an actor who gave up her career for marriage and family, a theater major who never pursued a career, or a total novice, character acting in middle age can prove artistically and financially rewarding. The choicest roles in first-run feature films may be less prevalent, but work is to be had in community and regional theater, commercials, industrials, and independent cinema. Preparation and commitment are crucial to the quest for roles in middle age.

How to Marry an Actor

How to Marry an Actor. Many men and women dream of marrying an actor for the drama, fame, passion and beauty associated with the profession and those who practice it. A few steps can help you meet and marry and actor and begin your own life's production.

How to Make an Acting Resume With No Experience for Kids

Landing a job in film or theater is contingent upon your skill and experience. But even the best actors were inexperienced at one time. If you have a child who is interested in acting, but has not yet been involved in a production, you will have to rely on his training and skills to fill his resume. While your child will probably not gain a leading role from this kind of resume, he may be cast as an extra or bit player (an actor with only one or two lines), which can give him experience and build his resume for the next production.

How to Get an Acting Agent in Toronto

If you are an aspiring actor living in Toronto, Canada or thinking about moving there, somewhere along the road you will need an acting agent. An agent is the person that represents the actor. He submits the actor for various projects which may lead to auditions and ultimately booking the job. The agent also handles the business aspects for the actor. For instance, he negotiates pay rates for clients and gets all necessary contracts signed. Getting an agent can be challenging, as agencies can be picky in what they are looking for. The actor has to have a thick skin and be able to handle rejection well.

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