While a career in television sounds exciting, if you really want to be successful, you need to put in a lot of hard work. Getting your first gig can often take time, so it's important to be resourceful to avoid missing any opportunities. Here are some essential tips to help you make the transition to television:
Is it necessary to go to film school?
There are different schools of thought on whether being professionally trained as an actor is beneficial for a TV career. Being totally immersed in your craft for a long period of time is a great way to hone your acting abilities and become more versatile, as you're introduced to a broad range of genres in film school. It also enables you to assess what type of film or TV career you might be interested in, through being involved in many different productions. Depending on the reputation of the film school, some also give you better opportunities to secure roles when you've completed your training.
Some believe that it's better to be involved in some low budget productions to get experience and gradually develop the acting abilities you need to reach your career goals. This also helps you to avoid the expense and debt that often accumulates when you attend film school.
Decide what type of TV career you're after
Whether you want to work on television commercials, series, documentaries or programmes, it's a good idea to determine what type of TV career you want to embark on, so you can do the training to become specialised in this. The better you are at your chosen TV genre, the higher your success rate. It's important to be honest with yourself when assessing your skills before deciding on your career goals because it's better to choose something you're good at, rather than something that doesn't suit your skillset.
Search for opportunities on Blush Central
Knowing where to find opportunities is key to having success in the TV industry. With a profile on Blush Central, you will be notified each time a position is posted that suits your talents and location ensuring you never miss a thing. By keeping your profile up to date and looking it’s best will give you the best chance of being selected for a casting or the role. It’s a great idea to apply for all jobs, big and small, as you never know what opportunity may result in being your big break!
Be versatile with your choice of showreel
Just like you change your CV and cover letter to suit the specific job opportunity you're after, it's also vital to send a showreel that's relevant to the type of TV role you're interested in auditioning for. An example of this would be if you are wanting to audition for a TV commercial; sending a showreel of another TV commercial you've been in would be a smarter option than choosing the showreel of a TV documentary you were in.
Make sure you have a thick skin
Even major television stars went through a period where they struggled to get an acting role. It's crucial to be determined, resilient and never lose sight of your career goals if you want to achieve success in television. You may be turned away from countless auditions, but perseverance is the key when it comes to any type of acting career.
If you're passionate about a career in television, Blush Central can help you achieve your goal. The top Australian casting directory helps casting agencies to find talent for many popular Australian TV series and commercials, so joining the agency gives you direct access to apply for casting agency roles. To find out more about our casting directory, call or email us today.