There’s no doubt that a lot of actors live a good life. They are famous and they earn millions of dollars every year. But, if you want to last long in the industry, you must have more than good looks and a good PR agent. You must be passionate and you must have real talent. Here are some qualities that you must possess to be a good actor.
1. You must be confident.
If you want to make it big in the entertainment industry, you must have a strong belief in yourself. In your quest to become a successful actor, you will encounter people who will challenge your self-confidence. You will get tens (if not hundreds) of rejections before you get a big break. So, to make it in the movie industry, you must develop strong self-confidence hat can withstand criticisms and rejections.
2. You must be captivating.
You must be able to internalize each role. You must also have the ability to hold your audience captive, and make them feel different kinds of emotions.
3. You must be intelligent.
Many people believe that acting is a no brainer job, but that is not true. In fact, a lot of successful actors like Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, and Steve Martin are known for their incredibly high IQ. If you want to last long in the entertainment industry, you must use your intelligence to get into the character and portray each role flawlessly.
4. You must have a good acting technique.
There are different types of acting technique and you should know each one of them. For example, if you have a hard time connecting to a character, you may want to employ the Stella Adler technique. This technique uses emotional recall to portray a specific emotion. For example, if you have a hard time crying in one scene, think about the time when your mother died or when your husband left you. There are other techniques that you should master such as:
Meisner Technique –
This is when you have to believe that you are the character and you must also see the other actors as the character that they portray. Many method actors use this technique.
Classical Acting Technique –
This involves script analysis and body and movement expression.
Stanislavski System –
This is when you draw upon your own feelings and experiences to bring truth into the character that you are portraying.
5. You must be vain.
Yep, you read it right. To make it big in the entertainment industry, you must have some degree of conceit and vanity. This will help you in improving your craft.
6. You must have a lot of social media followers.
This is a very important factor in the industry right now. Brands could really use the extra (free) exposure when they sign a model to do their campaign, and the model has 500,000 followers. This is actually so important right now that casting directors ask models how many Instagram followers they have. They make a decision based on that.
In fact, most agencies even buy Instagram followers for their models.
So you see, there is a lot that one needs to do to become a well-known model, but a good way to start is actually to get big on social media and use that as leverage to be signed for agencies.
Some well known agencies are: