ADVICE ON THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE ACTING INDUSTRY, BUT THAT NO-ONE WILL NECESSARILY TELL YOU. I WILL BE DOCUMENTING WHAT I LEARN ABOUT BEING A WORKING ACTOR AS I GO ALONG, SO THAT YOU CAN LEARN FROM MY MISTAKES/SUCCESSES AND AVOID SOME OF THE PITFALLS I MAY HAVE LANDED IN WITHOUT KNOWING BETTER. THIS IS NOT THE HOLY GRAIL - SO I WELCOME COMMENTS AND FEEDBACK THAT ARE HELPFUL TO THE NEW OR EVEN SEASONED ACTOR OUT THERE
Well, parents are king until you are an adult unfortunately. It may not always seem like they’re on our side but they do have the gift of objectivity and generally have our best interests at heart.
But, in the meantime, why not join an extra-curricular class and try out acting on the side? Perhaps in some way that doesn’t detract from your studies. That way you can start working your acting muscles while honoring your parents observations/concerns - giving your all to school - AND test out their theory. If it’s a phase you’ll know it pretty quickly (you’ll have the next two years or more to figure it out).
If it is a phase, it didn’t cost you anything except the price of classes (you might have to sacrifice other areas for this, btw). And if it’s not a phase, you’re already leaps and bounds ahead for college.
Why not sit your folks down and see what they say about that? It’s a good place to start, at least.
If they won’t budge even there then you basically have to be über patient and wait it out until you’re 18 where you’ll be entitled to make your own decisions.
John Hawkes (Backstage interview)
Tracy Wong (Founding Partner WDCW Advertising Agency)
I think this applies to the art of auditioning at every level. Focus on form and craft and let everything else go.
In other words, follow your heart (AKA the yellow brick road!) [EDIT]: I’d also add that because technically “nothing human is alien to me (us)” we have experienced everything inwardly to greater or lesser degrees (ever wanted to kill a mosquito? Ever done it? Make you feel triumphant, if only for a brief moment? Then you’ve experienced being a murderer to a degree - for example). Therefore we can actually play any kind of characer. AND if you really investigate the characters you play you will always discover something interesting about them. If you’re not excited about a role you are playing it means you haven’t done enough homework on him/her.
Will Smith on acting (via http://blog.castingfrontier.com/2012/01/11/talent-vs-skill-in-casting-calls/)