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How to Get Into Acting for Young Adults

by Nicole Vulcan, studioD

When you're a young person, learning a new skill or picking up a new hobby often involves simply signing up for a class at school. But when you're a young adult and not enrolled in any type of training, the process is a little less cut-and-dried. If you want to get into acting as a young adult, you still have lots of opportunities. You just have to look a little harder to find them.

Enroll in a class at your local community college or community center. Community courses are typically open to anyone who's interested, and they can be among the most cost-effective ways to explore something new. Other places to look for acting classes are your local community theaters, actor training centers or individual actor's workshops that may be advertised at local theaters or on classified sites such as Craigslist.

Look for volunteer opportunities at community theaters or non-profit theaters in your area. Check out the business listings in your area for amateur theaters, neighborhood theaters or theatre collectives, which often need extra hands to help with pre-production as well as small roles. Even if you're just helping with costumes, sets or theater cleanup, you'll get a chance to watch actors at work and meet the theatre people in your area. Also, check out entry-level jobs at theme parks, themed restaurants or haunted houses, which often hire beginner actors for basic roles.

Contact a local talent agency or extras casting company. If you want to act in commercials or be an extra in any local TV or film productions, having an agent to seek out the roles for you can be a big help. Some extras casting companies ask you to pay a small fee to take head shots and list you among their available actors. The potential payoff is that you will find paying, non-speaking roles as an extra right away.

Meet other actors by joining actor's clubs or social groups. Check out Meetup.com, Craigslist.org or the bulletin boards at local theaters to find out about gatherings and conferences open to actors of all skill levels. This can be a good way to meet other actors and find out about the outlets they're pursuing, books they're reading and other information that can help you get your start.


  • Another option is to enroll in a formal undergraduate or graduate-level theatre program at a university. Enrolling in college is not limited to people who are 18 to 22. If it's your dream to become an actor, a longer-term program will prepare you in a more structured way.

About the Author

Nicole Vulcan has been a journalist since 1997, covering parenting and fitness for The Oregonian, careers for CareerAddict, and travel, gardening and fitness for Black Hills Woman and other publications. Vulcan holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and journalism from the University of Minnesota. She's also a lifelong athlete and is pursuing certification as a personal trainer.

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