Approaching the entertainment industry through different platforms of acting as a young performer
Although the entertainment is a pretty challenging and competitive industry, there is no shortage of options for a young performer to thrive. As of today, any young performer who has enthusiasm and talent can try different acting platforms such as Theatre, Film and Television. In addition, there are also plenty of opportunities for young performers to enter the entertainment industry through commercials too.
The key to success for a young performer is to be ready and correctly positioned to grab the opportunities when they come their way. That said, those who expect to enter the industry through the above-mentioned platforms may face some challenges. However, with proper preparation, an enthusiastic young performer can thrive in any or all of the respective mediums.
For young performers, theatre is a wonderful place to identify what they are really good at. The most important thing about theatre is that it doesn’t provide any room for errors. If a young performer expects to conquer the entertainment industry through theatrical performance, he or she must be trained under an experienced professional. The training must include techniques that help mastering aspects such as acting, voice and movements. At the completion of the training, the respective performer must have the confidence to dominate the theatre regardless of the size of the audience and stage itself.
Film and Television
The young performers who intend to enter the entertainment industry though film or television must be able to act incredibly naturally in front of the camera. Here, the saying “less is more” often applies heavily. However, in most cases, the personality of a young performer is really appealing to the camera by nature. Therefore, all they have to do is to know how to reveal their charming personalities in a natural way. If a young performer wants to master film acting, he or she should learn the best angles, how to relate to other actors and developing an understanding of the space within a frame.
Generally, most of the young performers (regardless of their enthusiasm) are susceptible to freeze in front of the camera. The most effective solution to address this issue is practice. The young performer must be given as much exposure in front of the camera on a real set as possible. This is why any young performer should take a professional acting class and develop the skills to support own career.
Although commercials are shorter in duration compared to films and theatrical performances, that doesn’t mean that anyone can do it with no practice at all. The actor is responsible in expressing the emotions perfectly on behalf of the product they are being hired to promoted. Many commercials we see today have less (or zero) dialog and the directors expect the performer to be able to convey what they need, largely with actions alone. Sometimes, depending on the product, the actor may have to show extreme emotions. This is when the kids need to show their improvisation skills, so that is also a major element of being able to book commercial work.
The bottom line: Regardless of the medium of acting a young performer selects, he or she must be prepared to engage in constant exercises under the guidance of a professional teacher as well as practice. Lots of practice!