How do I start my acting career

Every day we see the big stars from Hollywood in newspaper reports or television programs. Or we go to the cinema or watch TV and see them in their films or series. As an actor, you make a lot of fame and money. And you have a very comfortable life. Well, that's not always the case, but if you make it all the way to the top, you can already afford a lot. But it is not the big bank account that attracts many young people to learn the trade of acting. Especially since this can be tough, because only the very few professional actors get big salaries. You have to start small and do without a lot. And acting is not just about cinema and television, it means above all being on the theater stage. That is where the root of this profession lies. Due to the constant showering of films and series, we don't notice this. However, if you have always wanted to be an actor, you should read on now. Because we reveal here how you can manage to be in the spotlight at some point.

Hard bread

First of all, let's clear up a myth. Actors can make good money, but most of them are often underpaid or even live on hand to mouth. It can be a tough life looking for engagements or auditioning for TV or film productions and being turned down. Every actor goes along with this and everyone should be clear about who wants to take this path. We only ever see the big names, but there are hundreds of thousands of performers in the world who either appear on small stages or who regularly make their way to the employment office. And in Germany no multi-million euro fees are paid anyway, but daily rates.

The start

We don't want to put you off, you just shouldn't go into an apprenticeship with the wrong qualifications, with which you can then hardly earn anything. That is why the best way is lateral entry. This is what many actors who are famous today have done. You have just attended university or completed an apprenticeship so that you might have something in hand in case your acting doesn't work out. After that, you can still devote yourself to your actual goal. You should already have experience on school stages or independent theaters and be sure whether you have talent or not. It is best not to get this assessment from friends or family, but from people who are experienced in this job.

Drama school

However, if you prefer to join immediately, you can do this via an acting school. There are many of them in Germany, you will find some on the Internet. We'll name a few here. You can apply to the drama and stage studio in Hamburg or the drama school in Siegburg. At the drama school Bochum of the Folkwang University of the Arts or the drama school theater academy in Stuttgart you also get a very good education. There are many more, both large and small, but it is not easy to be accepted there. But don't lose heart, even big plays had problems getting somewhere in the beginning.

What you learn there

If you have made it, the training then begins. It usually lasts four years and can focus on film or theater. Acting students learn the many facets and different techniques of the art of acting. The subjects are improvisation, scene work, stage work, camera work, semester work, classical and artistic dance, speaking technique, singing, music or choir. It is an advantage if you have artistic talents, can sing or play an instrument. And if at some point you should depict fight scenes, you will also learn the stage fight and the body will be strengthened through various fitness units.

When you've made it

After successfully completing the course, you will be released into the acting world. There are job offers in theaters, television, radio as a speaker of radio plays, in film, in advertising or in dubbing studios. So that you don't have to fight your way through the jungle alone, there are acting agencies such as the TV casting agency Blank & Biehl. If you are seen as talented, then a file of the performer is created there and the agency then arranges orders and jobs. Everything doesn't always work out the way you imagined it, but it's a lot easier that way. But that is no guarantee that you will make it all the way to the top. But maybe you will soon win film or TV awards.