N.M. Film Focus: How to Begin Your Acting Career

N.M. Film Focus: How to Begin Your Acting Career

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5 Tips to Start Your Career

Spring has sprung and there’s no better time to get started on your professional development as a budding talent in the booming New Mexico film industry.

But simply diving in can be difficult. Here are some tips and resources for getting onto the big and small screens.

Tip 1: Beware of Scams

Steer clear of cattle calls, especially those promising to make your kids a “Disney Star.” Those promises come with a hefty price tag and often yield little to no results. If you can’t directly contact and get a response from a locally-based human being via phone or at least email, you may be dealing with a scam. If a social media post or instructional advertisement promises a shot at landing specific roles through its training process, you may be being baited into a pay-to-play scenario which is not only unethical, but in many cases illegal. And finally, if you’re asked to pay to audition or to be considered for a project you are definitely being scammed.

Tip 2: Learn the Business

The best way to do so is by getting on set as background talent.

Tip 3: Value a Good Reputation

Use reputable casting companies, there are many throughout the state. The following are among the largest and most trusted: Robert Baxter Casting, EG Casting, White Turtle Casting, Latham Casting, Sande Alessi Casting. Also, create a talent profile on NMTalent.

Tip 4: Invest in Training

Following or in tandem with your efforts to gain on set experience through background roles, it is imperative to get reputable training under your belt. Tried and true validation that should guide where you chose to invest your hard-earned dollars is person to person recommendations. Referrals will likely lead you to the headliners: Sol Acting Academy, Albuquerque Actors’ Studio, and Southwest Scene Works in Albuquerque.

Tip 5: Try some workshops

Other perennial favorites are auditioning workshops with McMaster Audition 101 Marie Kohl McMaster, or Auditioning for Film with Faith Hibbs Clark, CSA of Good Faith Casting. Thirty-year acting and coaching veteran Steve Burhoe offers training to talent of all ages through his company The Players Craft. Rebekah Wiggins will once again be offering her classes teaching the popular Chubbuck Acting Technique in April.  And, registration is open for classes with television and film star Jackamoe Buzzell.

Happy acting, folks!

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New Mexico film expert Christa Valdez, of OneHeadlightInk.com and ChristaValdez.com, reports on movie industry news for ABQ Free Press.

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