Some actors specialize in acting in television commercials.
To become an actor in TV commercials, it is best to take some acting classes. In fact, many of the people who appear in television commercials have theater and acting backgrounds. One of the best ways to get started is to gain acting experience while completing courses or an acting degree. This can be done by acting in productions put on by the acting school or in productions put on by local theater companies.
Actors must have headshots.
Instead of waiting to finish a degree or acting classes, consider auditioning for commercials while you study. Although it leads nowhere, it provides a good experience in the listening process. If you take even a small part as an extra, that experience can be put on a resume and could lead to another job in the future.
Commercial actors can gain experience acting in local plays.
Some actors work as freelancers, while others have agents who help them get jobs. There are some agents who specialize in working with actors who do commercial work. It’s not absolutely necessary to have an agent to become a TV commercial actor, but it can certainly help. To find an agent, find professional business experts and contact them for information on how to apply for representation.
Some commercial actors provide voiceover work.
In addition to acting on screen, some actors specialize in dubbing. To find voiceover work, you’ll need to have a demo tape showing your vocal range and different voice characters. This, along with other materials, can be sent to an agent who helps actors find work. Voice acting is used for many types of commercials, including animated commercials and those that convey additional information through voice rather than dialogue or text with characters.
Aspiring TV commercial actors attend auditions while taking acting classes.
As you work to become a commercial actor, it’s important to keep track of all work experience and regularly update your resume. It’s also helpful to update your demo tapes regularly to showcase new or refined talent. The best way to format a resume and develop and update a demo tape may depend on the type of commercial you’re appearing in, as well as the type you’d like to appear in in the future.