It is very important for aspiring performers to participate in as many good stage productions as possible. Not only will the experience be noteworthy on your resume as prior experience, but it will also get you noticed. It does not necessarily have to be high budget productions, but could be college, community or Equity-waiver or showcase-code productions. Showcase code or equity-waver productions is a legal term in the entertainment field, used for shows performed in theaters having ninety-nine seats or less. Union membership is not required purpose of these productions is not necessarily to get paid for performances, but to practice and showcase your craft. They offer a great opportunity to be seen by agents and casting directors.
Some acting schools and workshops showcase their students periodically, and it can serve aspiring performers well, since coaches and mentors may have contacts with agents and casting directors. The best choice with the most potential, could be a professional showcase. Screen Actors Guild (SAG) offers these showcases for their members. Some well known and reputable theaters that will present about 15 three-minute scenes during the lunch hour in industry people will normally invited. The audience is valuable to performers, because it gives industry personnel the chance to see new talent in a very short time.
A word of caution, is that you should not attempt to participate in such showcase until you are confident in your abilities or until your have reach or approaching the professional level. These showcases can be costly, and they operate on the premise of auditioning prospective participants first. You must be an accomplished actor with some credentials to be accepted. The showcases are undirected and you are on your own. The scene that you select should be one which you feel you can master.
- Keep the scene within the allotted three minutes, which should be more than enough time to show your ability.
- Get straight to the point in the scene that calls for the strongest reaction. Grab the viewer as early as possible.
- Avoid heavy dramatic scenes. Short upbeat scenes will be better at catching attention.
- Find something relatively new and unknown.
- Select a character suitable with your personality, and within your are range.
- Avoid stretching to demonstrate range,do a scene in which you can be comfortable and have fun.
If you are struggling in the beginning of your career, it can be the best time to develop and promote your personae. Postcards and headshots must be sent repeatedly, as well as a continuous search for casting calls. The business is extremely competitive, but the more contact you make, the greater your opportunities.