TRACY GREEN: Actress
1 :: First, you need the right agent
This can be a challenge in itself. There are a billion other actors also searching for an agent, and these other actresses will look just like you. Yes, we all have our unique differences, but the reality is there is a big pool of actresses out there and the competition is fierce.
3 :: You’ll need a Plan B job
You’ll be juggling a lot, which means you have to have an understanding and supportive ‘Plan B’ job. By understanding I mean that can be dropped at short notice to attend an audition i.e. if a commercial comes in the next day. Your ‘Plan B’ job needs to be of a fairly decent wage that affords you a living but has constant flexibility.
5 :: Rejection is part of the process
‘Dealing with rejection’ is a downside of acting. It can make you feel slightly inadequate, but I actually think it makes you stronger. It’s also part of the job and industry you’ve chosen to be in. There are so many different factors that come into casting someone – it’s such a vitally important task for a role to be filled correctly. If it wasn’t meant to be, you have still made contact with that casting director, who may go on to call you in for something you’re more suitable for.
7 :: Make social media work for you
I have a Facebook actress page but I never use it. Vimeo is where my showreel is uploaded and it’s the perfect platform for showing people in the industry. Twitter is where I tweet about anything and everything acting related, whether that be shows I’ve just seen or to promote a show I’m in, highlight my work, highlight other actors, show support, network and connect.
9 :: You can use your self-doubt to drive you…
Every actor will have doubts; it’s only natural. I think even the most accomplished, confident actor gets that feeling. That’s why a lot of actors don’t watch their own performances. There are no scores, there is no marking and we want to make our performances believable and honest. Self-doubt will happen, especially if you’re dealing with rejection.
2 :: If you want an acting job, book a holiday!
That’s a saying in the industry. When you start getting the auditions you’ve got to be prepared mentally. You have to fully commit yourself and accept you can’t make that awesome party, or that holiday you booked because you’ve just got a recall for a play that you forgot you auditioned for.
4 :: Non-actors don’t understand
Actors do make it look easy and a lot of people don’t truly understand what we go through to get that particular role. I get asked quite often, “Why don’t you just go to Eastenders?” If only it was that easy! Actually I don’t want it to be that easy. I wouldn’t want it handed to me on a plate.
6 :: You build a real connection with the people you work with
What I love about the industry is that you’re constantly meeting and encountering lots of different people from totally different walks of life and backgrounds. One of the other downsides, though, is saying goodbye to the cast and crew once you’ve completed a project. On set or in theatre, you immediately become very close once you’ve experienced working together.
8 :: You have to really want it
Being an actress is very unsettling for some as there are no guarantees and it’s very up and down. Being an artist is a lifestyle choice – your job IS your life. It’s not the normal stabilised Monday to Friday 9-6. But I love it! The reality is, acting has to be something that you want to do in your heart and soul.
10 :: But keep that self-belief
I’ve never ever doubted my talent as an actress. You’ve got to feel self belief. If you don’t have any, then there’s no point you being in this industry. You’ll take that self-belief with you into the audition room and it will allow you to stand with ease and confidence.