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 STEPS TO BECOMING A MOVIE STAR!

So you want to become a movie star? How do you get there? What do you have to do? Here are some steps to becoming a movie star. If you’re wondering how to audition for a movie, you’ve probably already done some acting training or taken acting lessons.  Even if you haven’t there are ways to break into acting right in your own backyard.

1) Find Your Role

It may sound somewhat superficial but you have to have the looks. By that, we don’t mean pretty and handsome. Based on your age, gender, physical size and overall appearance you are cut out to play certain characters. You need to access which characters you could play in a film. For example, do you look like a high school student? Could you portray a daughter or a sister? Or could you play the dreamy boyfriend? Are you older? So are you a mom or dad? Maybe a grandparent? Think of all the different character possibilities you could portray, and start looking for appropriate auditions.

2) Find Smaller Productions

If you’re diving into film and wanting to be a star for the first time, you don’t necessarily have to shoot for the major, commercial films. Most cities in North America have many independent and student films being created and filmed. London, Ontario and area is no exception. London houses a number of opportunities with various indie film companies. This includes iFilmGroup. There is also other areas like Chatham Kent that offer opportunities to be part of films. So all the roles are not in Toronto or Vancouver.  These local companies offer an opportunity as a great way to start your film career and see what it’s like to act and be on a film set. The iFilmGroup team have had many people who have started out in productions that they have been doing and have spring-boarded on to bigger opportunities and productions with bigger companies. These have included people moving on to Rogers, CTV, YTV, ABC, and Disney (read our testimonials).

If you’re a college student, you should also get involved in your school’s film department. Many students will need to make films for their majors. Being part of these productions is a great way to start learning about film and how to act for film.

Also, low-budget independent films and short films are a great way to get a speaking part!

3) Find Background Work

Films are being made every day, both by indie production companies and big budget films. They both have one thing in common. They both need extra’s. Usually, they need tons of extras.

Extra or background work is fun – you will learn so much about the film, and perhaps even be featured on film. The part may be small, but you never know – depending on your look and how you act on the film set, you could get bumped up into a supporting role or even a featured or speaking role if you catch the attention of those making the film. Or they tell others who make films about this amazing and dynamite person that was part of their film.

If you want a speaking role or a main role in a film, doing extra work is essential before you can hit these goals. Extra work will help you become comfortable on camera, get used to the terminology, and learn how a movie is made.

You may or may not need to audition for extra work. Look online for local casting directors and production companies casting for speaking roles as well as extra roles. Check out iFilmGroup’s upcoming casting for roles (on iFilmGroup FaceBook Page). Try searching for something like “Background Roles” of Background Casting Directors” and a list should come up near your city.

You then can register to have your head-shot and resume on file, and if they have a role open for your character type they will get in touch with you.

Extra or background work is fun – you will learn so much about the film, and perhaps even be featured on film. The part may be small, but you never know – depending on your look and how you act on the film set, you could get bumped up into a supporting role or even a featured or speaking role if you catch the attention of those making the film. Or they tell others who make films about this amazing and dynamite person that was part of their film.

If you want a speaking role or a main role in a film, doing extra work is essential before you can hit these goals. Extra work will help you become comfortable on camera, get used to the terminology, and learn how a movie is made.

4) Keep an Eye Out for Audition Notices

Many audition notices are posted online on the production company’s site, or listed on social media. You also can find audition notices on sites like Playbill, Backstage, Actors access, casting Network, Star Now, Mady.com and many others. Some of these trade websites require a monthly fee to subscribe, and some of them even allow you to “audition” by submitting your materials online.

Your submission materials should include a head-shot and acting resume as an absolute must.  You could gain a leg up often by having a reel of video footage. Either from previous films, you have been a part of or by you filming some clips of your acting ability.  With the ever-changing industry it’s become very easy to get head-shots taken and get some film footage and put it up on YouTube, Vimeo, Vine, and some other platform.

5) Expect Competition at Auditions

It is noted that you can expect competition at a film Audition. But do not let that scare you from auditioning. A lot of other people will be auditioning for the same role as you. But you never know if you’re the one with the right look and skills. Sometimes the writer or director may be present in the room. Other times it will be interns from a local film office who will film a quick take and send it to LA for more consideration.

No matter who is in the room, you should always remain professional and courteous at all times. A film audition will usually consist of a memorized monologue or you reading lines from the actual movie, say with another actor, who they are also considering for a role.

Sometimes you will have seen the script before, and other times they’ll give it to you on the spot. The Casting Team has many people to see, and are usually tired from auditions. If you’re wondering how to audition for movies in the best way: be prepared and don’t ask a ton questions.

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