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Getting Started | Acting: Quick Reference Guide to Get Started

First, when beginning acting, I highly recommend you start with taking classes. This will give you the tools you need to learn acting basics, do scene work, and build up your confidence as an actor with live feedback. 

Acting Out Academy 

This is an amazing place in Birmingham AL to begin your journey as an actor. Ms. Meg and her team of professional and experienced actors, actresses, and teachers who have been in the industry for years, will help guide you in your journey as an actor. Acting Out Academy has copious classes, summer camps, and workshops for kids, teens, and adults!

LINK: https://www.actingoutacademy.com/

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Quick Go-To’s:

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1.

Mikayla Lysiak

I love this girl right here, she has so many things that you need to know about acting and booking jobs! And she is so helpful; she is a great YouTuber to learn from!

LINK: https://youtube.com/c/MakaylaLysiak

 

2.

Backstage

Now, you may have heard of it before, but this platform is a helpful place where you can find and book jobs! It’s very convenient. 

 LINK: https://www.backstage.com/

 YT CHANNEL: https://youtube.com/c/BackStageCasting

3.

Outschool 

This platform is a place where you can take classes for all sorts of things, including acting! It’s usually a small group of people in a Zoom class. I’ve had great experiences with teachers and students there, and it’s a great space to learn!

LINK: https://outschool.com/#abktp4ozwn

4.

The New York Film Academy

 This is a film academy based in New York! They have acting classes, filmmaking classes, teens and kids camps, and more! 

LINK: nyfa.edu

 

5.

Stagemilk 

This is a website with lots of resources for actors, like nailing your callbacks, how to get an agent, sides for actors, and so much more!

LINK: https://www.stagemilk.com/page/2/

 

6.

The Actors Academy 

This YouTube Channel is very helpful for acting. He teaches lots of things like acting advice from different celebrities, and he even has a master class!

LINK:

https://youtube.com/c/TheActorsAcademy

 

7.

Actingislitmylife is a great YouTube channel that has so many helpful acting tips and more! You should watch her “What NOT to do at an Audition” videos, they’re hilarious! 🤣🤣

LINK: https://youtube.com/user/actingislitmylife

 


A few acting go-to’s:

 

Books on acting:

https://amzn.to/2XxmS16

https://amzn.to/2VQJxVN

https://amzn.to/3knElCw

 

Monologue Books:

https://amzn.to/3nJcYof

https://amzn.to/3ApifVx

 https://amzn.to/3lCXLT5

 https://amzn.to/2Z1rXj4

 https://amzn.to/3Ar2yNy

 

Monologues:

https://www.dramanotebook.com/monologues-kids-teenagers/

Basic Self-Tape Kit You’ll Need:

  • A tripod or ring light
  • Lighting
  • A phone or a good camera
  • Good background (Blank Wall, or Backdrop)

The best colors for backdrops are: 

Light Blue, Grey, Black. (Avoid Chroma Key Green and Chroma Key Blue)

 

Not sure where to shop? Try these links

LINKS:

Tripod 

Ringlight 

Lighting

Background (can be pinned to the wall and removed when needed)

→ Self Tapes Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTe43wmDZNs

 

(featured image sourced from freepik.com)

 


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Jaina Noelle

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