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Attention, aspiring actors and actresses! Break into show business with the tips in these Howcast video.
You Will Need
- Distinct mannerisms
Pick your moment
Figure out when your best chance or chances to stand out will be—lines or interactions with principal characters are ideal, but anything that’s in-focus will do.
Judge your strengths
Judge your own strengths. Do you have expressive eyes? An interesting voice? A commanding physical presence? You’re going to want to make a strong impression, and knowing what to emphasize will help.
Create a character
Create a character. Even if you’re a nameless passerby, give yourself a persona; it will help you become your role.
Show enthusiasm. That means staying excited, not being irritatingly peppy.
Stand out in a crowd
Act just a little differently than everyone else in the scene. Don’t be distracting, but have a unique mannerism that will draw some attention to you.
Become your character
Think about the back story you’ve created for your role during your big moment; it will help you behave in character.
Be ready to step in
Be ready to step in if something unexpected should happen, especially in a play. Saving a scene during a missed cue or other mishap just may give you the big break you’ve been waiting for.