Are you toying with the idea of breaking into show business, becoming an actor, musician, or model, but have absolutely no clue on where and how you should start?

Before anything, you should understand that the entertainment industry is saturated with talent. In fact, the Screen Actors Guild alone already has more than 120,000 members.

If that isn’t changing your mind, ask yourself these questions.

If you answered these questions with a “yes,” you just might have what it takes to break into show business. However, it’s important to remove any rose-tinted glasses you may have on when thinking about the industry.

Your Chances of Being Discovered Are Low

You’ll hear many stories of how actors and models are discovered at the mall, at the supermarket, at a restaurant or whatnot, doing some mundane thing, catching the eye of some agent or director and effectively launching their career.

Understand that most of these cases involve pure, dumb luck, and that the chances of something like that happening to you are low. Most actors and models work their way up the ladder, spending years to hone their craft and joining auditions.

No Agency – No Career

Although many acting and modeling agencies in Pennsylvania, New York and Los Angeles get a bad rep due to the prevalence of scams, many agencies are actually legit and help their talents develop their careers. In fact, what many people don’t know is that without an agency or agent to represent you, your chances of success are quite low.

Consider Classes or Volunteering

You shouldn’t stay idle, even if you’re not working. Use your free time when not auditioning to develop your craft. You can do this by joining classes or volunteering in photo shoots and local theater productions. Always thinking of the entertainment industry as something you continually have to study, no matter how good you think you are.

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