Being a teenager, what do you do with this sudden interest in acting? The first thing you should do is take some classes to see if acting is really right for you. Many teens 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.
So where do you take these classes? The best place to start is your own junior high or high school. These classes are free and offer a relaxed, non-competitive atmosphere to see if acting is something you like doing. If your junior high or high school doesn't have a drama department, there are other alternatives. Privately owned schools or workshops offer classes which have more experienced professors who go by the term "acting coaches," some who are still working in the industry.
Workshops are another option. Intensives are workshops that cram a lot of information and training in a short amount of time. They're for young actors who are already serious about the craft and making acting a career choice for the long haul. Many of these workshops 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.
During the summertime, some schools provide camps for teens to build on their skills. These programs will have you living and breathing acting day and night. Extracurricular activities are slim to none. You go there to learn about acting and not much else.
As a young actor, 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.
Acting Inc .com makes is easy for young actors to find auditions and get matched up with casting directors.