Hollywood is notoriously hard to break into, and it’s even harder to claw your way to the top. For one thing, the competition can be massive and insurmountable. However, the good news is that those who have a few gigs in theater or television under their belt, are persistent and show resilience can get a foot in the door much easier than those who don’t.
Richard Rifkin, the famous actor known for Eragon, Hellboy II, the Golden Army etc, shares some of his best advice, particularly to all of you who aspire to build a name for themselves in Hollywood.
- Find yourself an agent that can start to send you out on casting calls
- If you want to be a voice-over artist, prepare a demo sample with the voices you do (character or character voices, etc.)
- Be prepared to work for free or for a low wage, but at the same time you will have the opportunity to meet important people in the business as you learn on the job.
- Never underestimate jobs that are not glamorous. You need to be far-sighted and recognise opportunities as they come up and make the most of them.
- Know where to look for Hollywood jobs: Some of the best jobs could be found in Variety, The Hollywood Reporter or through word of mouth. Bear in mind that most production jobs are rarely advertised.
Check out this video to get first-hand advice from a professional actor on what you need to do in order to be successful in the tricky world of Hollywood.