- May 20, 2021
- 10 minutes
Anna Moore Shares Secrets for Young and Aspiring Actors to Pursue Their Passion
Starting as an actor in Hollywood is a long road, considering there are many young actors seeking to secure a chance with film and television projects. The current collection of performers in Hollywood have raised the bar of talent and skill, making it challenging to get noticed.
However, Hollywood as the biggest film and entertainment industry certainly rewards exceptional talent. The Hollywood industry is constantly on the lookout for new faces which can exemplify top-of-the-line acting abilities, skills, and versatility.
To learn how any aspiring actor should approach this subject, we had the pleasure of speaking with a charming face in Hollywood, Anna Moore, whose surreal rise to success as an actress, singer, and commercial model has given her quite a platform in the industry.
Anna hails from San Francisco and is professionally attributed as an actress, entrepreneur, model, singer, songwriter, producer, and environmentalist. She has been featured in a wide array of film and television productions alongside A-list celebrities. As an actress, she has been featured in mega film and TV productions: The Life Before Her Eyes (Feature Film) with Uma Thurman, LA Rush (Feature Film) with Elijah Wood, Criminal Minds (TV Show), and many others.
In her star-studded career, she also embarked on diverse projects with powerhouse companies, most notably Walt Disney Pictures and Nissan Motor Company. On the subject of acting, Anna notes that aspiring actors can brush up their talents and skills if they give theater a chance. She is an ardent proponent of theater being a stepping stone in one’s acting career, and she herself worked as a stage actress.
With that being said, here are credible insights shared by Anna on the subject of acting:
1. Living your passion for theater
Getting into acting, just like any other artistic profession, requires a heap of talent. You must be passionate enough to continue on while creating a personal connection with your audience.
If talent is very subjective, passion is something that will make your work magical. Auditioning can be tough in the theater world, so you have to know how to stand out and be persistent. If you don't live your passion, then you may quickly become discouraged or lose your self-confidence.
Working as an actor means working intermittently, staying positive during periods of downtime, and sometimes working for low-budget projects, especially at the beginning. Indeed, the secret to finding work as an actor is not to neglect any offer and go through numerous castings to make contacts that could work in your favor.
2. Open to emotions
Whether you make people laugh or cry, acting is mostly about conveying emotions. Like any artist, your talent is based on your sensitivity. But this is all the truer in the case of the actor's profession: indeed, you must be able to capture and interpret the emotions of a character and not your own. You have to know how to appropriate the emotions of this other person, whether they look like you or not. To do this, you can observe the people around you, study them, and then ask yourself:
• What does this person think of such and such a thing?
• How would that person react to this or that?
• What are their qualities and their faults?
Indeed, although you should know how to accept a scenario as it is and understand it and interpret a character that has been imposed on you, it is up to you to bring this character to life. Do not hesitate to offer your personal touch if it is congruent with the story, and look for these sensations deep inside yourself.
3. Work on your memory
To be an actor, regardless of the medium, it is imperative to have an excellent memory. Indeed, much of your job will come down to learning texts repeatedly. And even more, if you are a theater actor! Plays can last several hours, and many live performances do not allow performers to leave the state, even during blackouts. Although it is possible to look at your script from time to time between two scenes, you must first memorize your text.
If you've landed an important role, you may have been given the responsibility of performing a long monologue, for example. Memory can be worked on! So, you have to be very rigorous and maintain focus. You may have the opportunity to play several characters over the same period: it's up to you to remember everything without getting mixed up!
What if your fellow actor forgot their lines? Make up for it by helping them find their words; you might be rewarded. Finally, if your memory gives you away, which can happen to even the best actors, make room for your imagination and creativity to improvise. If you are confident, you might surprise everyone!
4. Be versatile
Your acting skills are then highlighted, but you must also learn to manage stress in the face of various elements:
• Costume changes;
• The emotional interpretation of several characters;
• The variety of texts to learn and interpret.
Also, behind the scenes, your role may help your colleagues, actors or not. You must therefore be able to get your hands dirty in several areas without losing your focus. In addition to your acting skills, it is always important to have other artistic or athletic talents. Indeed, you could succeed in obtaining a role more easily if you can also sing, dance, play a musical instrument or do well if you practice one of the many circus arts disciplines for example - do not hesitate to do so.
Finally, many brilliant actors also exercise other professions related to the theater:
The more versatile you are, the easier it will be for you to find work in this environment. Fluency in different languages is also a real plus in a career as an actor. In short, as an actor, you have to be able to adapt.
5. Work as a team
Acting a play is not precisely like shooting an advertisement, a series or a movie. Indeed, it's live! You are part of a troupe that rehearses and performs together for long periods. Within the same theater company, you will work with the same actors on different projects, and you will all go on tour.
The company is also comprised of make-up artists, costume designers, directors, scenographers, stage managers and lighting designers. You then constitute a large family and must work hand in hand. Successful teamwork is a successful play. If there is tension between the members of the company, it may be felt by the public. Besides, it is preferable not to alienate a few recognized professionals in a world as small as that of the theater and to have a good reputation in terms of human relations.
Finally, working in a team also means helping each other in the event of a problem. As an actor, this depends on your ability to improvise and collaborate with other actors.