Do you have an interest in acting? The first thing you should do is take some classes to see if acting is really right for you. Many will get into classes and find out they have trouble memorizing their lines or realize that acting isn't all it's cracked up to be. Some may just want the challenge of getting in front of a bunch of people to overcome shyness but realize they don't want to do this for a career.
Of course, you won't know what you want out of acting until you take a class and actually get up on that stage. So where do you take these classes? The best place to start would be a college class that offers a relaxed, uncompetitive atmosphere to see if acting is something you like doing. Another option is privately-owned schools and programs. These schools and workshops offer classes have more experienced professors, some of whom are still working in the industry.
Workshops, called intensives, cram a lot of information and training in a short amount of time and are popping up all over the country. They provide instruction in voice, movement, audition techniques, scene study, character building, improvisation, and performing in front of the camera. Some will even have the actor perform in front of Hollywood agents looking to sign new talent. Resumes and professional headshots are provided at other camps.
You'll also need headshots to show to agents and to bring to casting calls. These are 8 x 10 photos that can be done for around $50-$200. Every actor needs them because talent agents and casting directors have a certain look in mind when deciding who to represent and who to hire for gigs.
Once the headshots are taken and you have a little experience under your belt, you can now search for auditions to attend or try to get an agent who will find them for you. Acting Inc .com makes is easy for you to find auditions and get matched up with casting directors.