While you may think not being in one of the entertainment hub cities is a bad thing, you are wrong.As an actor just starting out you need to gain experience–an agent is not going to sign you if you don’t have a reel/resume.If you were in Hollywood it would be more difficult to get auditions and/or an agent, or land the part, because of the competition.
Where you are now you have a better shot, albeit it is going to be on indie shorts/features and student films most likely–but both of those are excellent projects to be involved in and can lead to bigger things (think film festival exposure).If your university has a film program, go to the office and ask if they have a book of resumes/headshots.If they do, get your headshot in there so you can be contacted by students making movies.
If they don’t have one, reach out to professors to see if they keep a list of local actors or get you in touch with the film club.Also do this same process with local schools that you could get to easily for auditions.As an actor you have to hustle to get work and be noticed, no matter where you are.
Also check to see if there is an agency in the area for extras.Central Casting is a major Hollywood-area one and I know many cities have them.If they need extras and you fit the look they will call you.
Find the theatre district in your city, if there is one, and go talk to the managers to see where notices are posted for castings.Most are online now so a google search will probably return a great deal of information.Does your city have a film festival?
Or three?Volunteer with the festival so you can meet filmmakers and the like.When your shift ends go to the filmmaker lounge and introduce yourself to people.
I do not recommend bringing a headshot with you, but set-up a social media account for your acting career and share that with the people you meet.That way you can follow-up with them in a casual way to see what projects they are working on and whether you can get involved.Being an actor is hard work, and a working one a very difficult thing to achieve.
But anything is possible, so take advantage of what you have around you for now and when you’re ready you can make your way to Hollywood.
The industry is cruel, it will take a lot of work, and you should pursue something else.Unless you really, truly want it.I say that because there are so many people, and I mean SO MANY people that would happily tear their guts out with a dull spoon to find a decent foothold in this business, that unless your desire is so honed that you think your success is nothing short of preordained, you truly should be pursuing something else.
But don’t worry about the caveat bearers, the business tends to wash out those whom don’t want it badly enough.;) It sounds to me like one of the things you are trying to figure out is how badly you do want it…I don’t know where you live, but if I were in your shoes, I would find the most well-renowned theatre company e.g.
the one that has produced the largest amount of crossovers into film, bang on their door, and do what you have to do to become part of their group.If the drive is too far, remember that student films are everywhere, indies are everywhere… find people that are shooting, a crew with a track record of making good stuff, join them, and stick with them.Become the muse of a local director on the make, and after you’ve shot a few shorts together, work out a script and star in his/her debut feature.
Moral is, film is a collaborative art form, so the way forward is to find a team of collaborators and rise together.Bring things to the table beyond acting — you may find you like writing or producing more… whatever the case, go make stuff.Try to attach yourself to projects you believe in.
Don’t worry about agents or blowing up, or whether you think you’re the next s0-and-so.None of that s*** matters to someone in your shoes.
When films are created outside of the major entertainment capitals, they occasionally have casting calls for extras or even bit players in the productions.These are usually posted as classifieds online, in alternative newspapers and magazines, or if the budget is large enough ads are placed in the major daily papers.Films which use SAG (Screen Actors Guild, the performers union) players are extremely limited in how and how many non-SAG performers that they can use.
If you are seeking a leading role in anything other than a low budget or micro budget feature, then you are likely to be disappointed as those roles are almost exclusively limited to SAG performers.Some advice (For what it is worth): Get to know people in the film industry in your city or region.Volunteer for their projects or find a way to bring funding to those projects and you may find that you are able to land roles in their features.
This can be a slow process so you might want to be patient.