Tuesday, January 27, 2015

How to Begin a Successful Acting Career in 4 Key Steps

Many people dream of becoming a successful actor/actress, but with an industry that is so vast and highly confusing, it is very hard to know how to begin! With my experience, I have learned that these four steps can put you on the right track and save a lot of time for someone beginning an acting career.  I suggest following a 4 week plan by dedicating yourself to completing one step per week This way you can gradually learn and have fun pursuing an amazing and rewarding acting career.

Step 1.  Decide what type of Actor you want to be in DETAIL!

As I stated before, the industry is so vast! There is so much more to acting than being a Hollywood film star! That is why it is important to understand what type of actor you see yourself being.  The best way to do this is to close your eyes and visualize your dream acting career for 60 seconds, and then write it all down in detail explaining exactly what you saw.  If you have trouble visualizing, you can easily just write down what you want out of your acting career instead.  Whether it be how you see your career unfolding, how you end up getting your first break, every detail counts!  Some major types of acting roles are for theater, television, commercial, and film. Some small types of acting roles may include being an extra, stand in, or stunt man.

Step 2. Research your acting career choice.

That's right! Research is key!  You can save a lot of time as a beginning actor by just taking the time to actually research your preferred career choice.  Many beginning actors are highly impatient and end up getting into a career path that they are not happy with. For example, why run to a theater audition when you want be a film actor?  (Not saying that there is something seriously wrong with this, but you should make it a priority to research your preferred career choice and make sure that the actions you take are prevalent to your choice.)  The easiest way to begin to research your preferred career path is to look up successful people that you admire in your field, and to see the steps that they took to get where they want to be. You can also watch interviews, read books, articles, magazines, and follow people who are successful in your preferred career choice. This will help you to stay up to date on what is currently going on in your field.

Step 3. Find a mentor who is successful in your preferred career path and who is willing to guide you in the right direction. 

After you have decided what type of actor you want to be, it is time to find a mentor who is successful in your career choice.  It is one of the most beneficial steps for a beginning actor to find a mentor that can help them build their craft and guide them in the right direction.  Having a mentor can also help build your confidence  in your craft and save you a lot of time in the long run.  An acting mentor can be a personal acting instructor, teacher, coach, or even a school! It is all about finding someone to put and keep you on the right track.  You can visit http://takelessons.com/ to find reliable instructors in your area.

Step 4. Practice Acting!
That's right! Practice makes perfect! At this point you are very clear of what type of actor you want to be and where you see yourself going.  You have researched your career choice, understand how much work must be done, and have found a mentor to guide you on your journey!  So now it is time to actually act!!  A lot of beginning actors tend to feel comfortable with just calling themselves an actor, but do not actually make time to hone their craft. Other beginners may just run to auditions in the hopes that it may turn out well, but haven't even taken the time to thoroughly practice and learn the character they are auditioning for. This can be very damaging to your self esteem as it can discourage you to not attend auditions. A fun way to get into the habit of practicing your craft is to read a monologue or scene out loud at least once for 10 minutes a day.  This helps you get your jitters out and to gradually get used to making it a priority to practice every day.  Before you know it, 10 minutes will seem like 10 seconds, and you will be practicing more comfortably for longer periods of time.  I recommend getting to the point where you can practice for at least 30 minutes a day.

If you follow all of these steps patiently and thoroughly, you are well on your way to living the life of your dreams as a successful actor/actress.  I look forward to hearing how these steps have helped your career after 4 weeks! Happy Acting!

<3 Mina Alexis <3

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

4 Reasons Why Jennifer Lawrence is a Rebel Girl

Believe it or not, it takes a lot out of me to actually give a flying fudge cake about celebrities, but for some reason I have really taken an interest in Jennifer Lawrence.  Whether it be her fashion sense or acting, here are 4 reasons why Jennifer is a Hot Topic.  I will also explain how YOU can be a Hot Topic too!

1. Confident
At just the age of 22, Jen is truly an iconic symbol of what can happen if you have confidence in your self and your talents.  She does not let anyone or anybody get in her head, and will always pursue her goals no matter what obstacles come her way.

2. Honest
A very amazing trait that I feel is rare nowadays is that Jen is a REAL person. Everything that comes out of her mouth is what Jen really thinks, feels, or means.  She does not say anything that will rack her popularity or give her more buzz, she is truly just an average girl who isn't afraid to speak her mind, which is so badass! Why can't more celebrities and people in general be honest these days?

3. Ambitious

Speaking of Badass, did you see her in Hunger Games? OMG!  No matter what role she plays Jen really WORKS, which is also very admirable. You can see through whatever character she plays how ambitious and determined she is to make that character come to life. She deserves every nomination and award she has and will earn.

4. Rebel

Yes people, she is the definition, of REBEL!  Eff, the police, Jen will do whatever she wants, which will always keep the media talking.  You see it in some of the roles she plays, her photographs, even her style of dress! No matter what Jen always breaks the odds and shows people what she's made of, no matter what anyone thinks!

So there you have it, with just a little Confidence, Honesty, Ambition, and Rebelling, you can be a rebel too! Kudos Jenni!  You wear the title very well! <3

Keep Breaking the Buttcracks of the Odds and Rebel!
-Mina Alexis <3

Friday, February 8, 2013

My Very First Valentine

I believe I was only 3 years old, going on 4 when I first fell in love.  Yes you may be thinking that I fell in love with some guy, girl, or Pokemon (but Vulpix is a sexy ass Pokemon though! )  but, no.  I fell in love with LEGOS!    When my parents bought me Legos, I was automatically addicted to them.  They gave me joy and helped me to expand my creativity.  Playing with Legos gave me no limits.  I saw them as little pieces to an amazing puzzle, that I can shape in any way that I want to.  I was the major piece to the puzzle, and that creative mind set from Legos has now evolved into an even bigger interest.  I am currently making short films and web series, with my camera and imagination being the Legos, and I once again being the piece to bring it all together.  The picture above is a puppet I made named Joe, off of a web series I am making called Bill and Joe (which I will discuss more later).  As you can see,  Joe is in love with food.  Though  I am older and have kind of out grown them, my love for Legos will always be there before anything else.  
So now I ask you, fellow rebels, who or what was your, first Valentine??