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(February 26, 2008 by JeZz Send DollMail )
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I look at Miley Cyrus and Jamie Lynn Spears and wonder how those girls became professional actresses. Actually, I know how those two became actresses (Hi, Family Connections!), but all the other unknowns that suddenly appear on the television or movie screen do make me wonder. What does it take to become a Hollywood actress?

Get Skills

Your first step to becoming an actress is to get acting skills and time on stage. You might not be interested in the school play, but Community Theater or local acting classes can offer you a start to your career. (The school play will work, too.) Youíll be studying new skills and brushing up on old ones the rest of your acting career, so get used to it. Raw talent is nothing without refinement.

Get the Right Address

If you want to be in Hollywood, you need to be there Ė literally. Donít expect to get noticed for the next big movie sitting around in a small town. Go where the other actresses are and start the real work.

Get Noticed

Once you arrive in Hollywood, you have to get noticed. This is entirely up to you, so youíll need the right kind of personality to push yourself all the time and not be too disappointed with rejection. (Youíll be getting plenty of it.)

To get noticed youíll need to keep a resume of your experience. That is why itís so important to start acting as soon as possible. The more experience and skill you have, the better youíll sound on paper. To go along with your resume, youíll need a headshot.

A headshot is a professional photograph that you distribute like a calling card. It will have your stats and contact information readily available. A good headshot is critical Ė you have to be photogenic on paper before you can be photogenic in the movies.

Once you have a resume and headshot, put together a packet to send to all the agents in the area. You can actually do this without being in Hollywood, but if you get a call, be ready to head to the city ASAP. Your packet should also have a short cover letter that shows your personality and summarizes your qualifications.

Keep Practicing

The whole time youíre working on getting noticed, youíll need to keep up your practice regime. Find local theater projects and enroll in an acting class. Keep taking classes both to build skills and to build contacts. Keep adding experience to your resume and be sure it current at all times. Keep a copy of your resume and headshot with you at all times Ė you never know when opportunity will strike.

Build a Network

Anywhere in life, but especially in Hollywood, you need a network of friends and contacts. Go to every party youíre invited to (provided they arenít shady) and meet and greet. Keep a smile on your face and be upbeat and pleasant. You have to be bold Ė nobody will notice the shy girl in the back. Donít burn any bridges. Half the waiters, valets and receptionists in LA are future actors and actresses. You never know who you might be able to use for a favor down the road.

Stick with It

There are very few overnight sensations. Most actresses put in a lot of time in commercials, bad movies, failed pilots and other forms of theater before they ever make it to a popular show. Plan on finding a job outside of the acting industry to support yourself while you search for the right connections and work on getting noticed.

Youíll also need to keep an open mind about the city and industry. Donít go into Los Angeles thinking you know what it will be like or how things will go. Work hard and expect more than a few bumps in the road to success.

Actress Beware!

Itís also important that you protect yourself when you do make it to Hollywood. There are more shady businesses and con artists preying on fresh young actresses than real agents. If you have to pay money for anything (other than a professional headshot from a reputable source) or if someone offers to take your headshot for ďfree,Ē head the other direction. Find a friend who already knows the ins and outs of the city. Then stick with her until you learn the ropes and know youíre safe from all the various scams and tricks young hopefuls often get sucked into.


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whiteskyewarri

20/Female
Canada
Posted On: February 27, 2008
i know whos a really good actress.... superhero_1. evreyone check out www.chocolatecookies3.piczo.com, and go to Ask Kiana and Laura Advice, and you can see how she has been acting for a VERY long time.
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coleyfelix

19/Female
San Marcos, CA
Posted On: February 26, 2008
It cut off my comment!!!

Anyways, I was saying that it was good advice and I'm going to give it to some of my friends because they don't quite understand that you have to WORK for fame. lol
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coleyfelix

19/Female
San Marcos, CA
Posted On: February 26, 2008
What's all this with Hollywood? As someone who has lived there, I don't quite understand the big deal. It's polluted. It's dirty. It's dangerous. lol (No offence, but I just never liked LA >_
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Spiritwolf15

24/Female
Henry, VA
Posted On: February 26, 2008
I would like to be famous in any thing really. not to get publicity but to actaully be remembered after i'm dead. Yea, i know that sounded sad. oh well.
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Fusion_Angel

22/Female
De Leon Springs, FL
Posted On: February 26, 2008
I'm gonna be an actress, a singer and a writer.

Wish me luck!
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Maddie705

19/Female
Willowick, OH
Posted On: February 26, 2008
It seems so....interresting.I'm going to link this to my friend
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never_more

21/Female
Arvada, CO
Posted On: February 26, 2008
I'm wishing to go to yale drama when i'm off to college. Like Meryl Streep. I've ben acting since I was eight. I guess it helps to be near such a cutrual city as Denver.
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Original_scree

22/Female
Zionsville, IN
Posted On: February 26, 2008
I'd rather be a writer than an actress. You're putting just as much of yourself out there for the world to see without worrying about all the tabloids and make-up etc.

Good Article though.

--0Rii
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CRIMESCENE_

19/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: February 26, 2008
SECOND! And I agree with Izzy... :]
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Izzy_zy_Rocker

20/Female
Netherlands, The
Posted On: February 26, 2008
You lost me at photogenic. No acting career for me. xD

Interesting article.

Good tips.

Also: FIRST! HAHAHA!

Finally!
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