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So You Wanna Be An Actor: Submit Your Questions!

Are you trying to get your foot in the door of Hollywood, but still struggling to find your start?

Kimberly Elise is having a discussion with her friend Lisa London, a casting director with over twenty-five years of experience in the entertainment industry.

Lisa’s agency boasts selecting talent that includes Jonah Hill, Emma Stone, Selena Gomez, Jennifer Aniston and Mark Ruffalo.

Her book From Start to Stardom – The Casting Director’s Guide for Aspiring Actors offers practical, insider advice about steps to take if you want to become an actor in the entertainment business.

Kimberly is taking questions from KimberlyElise.com readers who wish to know more about breaking it in the industry. Be sure to read her book, which is available on Amazon Kindle, and submit any additional questions you might have!

 

How To Submit A Question

Simply reply to this post with your question, and Kimberly will select the best questions to ask Lisa. Her interview will be posted here at KimberlyElise.com on September 1st!

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44 comments

  1. Jasmine Jenae Johnson says:

    How do I get into acting coming from a small southern state MS. We have a few big movies every once in a while but never constantly like NY, GA, Cali, or Miami. I am ready to get my start but my question is where and how is the best way to start? I am 21 currently in college. Please help!!!!

  2. What sharpens your skill more acting experiences or professional training? If you could only play one role for the rest of your life, who would it be and why? How can young acting lovers develop their art when they lack the money for professional training? How has technology enhanced the acting business? Other than the audiences reaction, how can you determine if you have a genuine gift for acting?

    Pick any question you like. I adore the fact that an entire room can watch you perform and appreciate the gift you deliver to many. Acting in itself is enough to fuel my passion for a lifetime BUT the success of acting!!! Ms. Kimberly Elise, you have an art of commanding a room while your invest the best of you EACH time. All information you share has an infinite value. Anyone can command a room but everyone can not captivate the audience. I believe that is indeed the beauty of it all! Awesome continued success, support & love!

    Thank you for creating a platform where all can learn, share and PERFORM!

  3. Tiffany A Pulley says:

    I did the Model Mall Search with Model Productions a few years ago and paid $150 for pictures. I ended up paying for comp cards and I never really had opportunities to model or act. How can someone know that the company is just in it for the money or if they are actually represent the actors best interest? Should I look to submit to SAG union only agencies? The talent scouts always tell me that want me, but I have to pay $500 or more. Meanwhile other people that I know never have to pay for pictures, a portfolio or anything. How can I tell if the agency is truly in my best interest? Also, is it best for me to start out as an extra, to build my acting resume? A lot of films and shows are being done in Atlanta. Should I stay here or relocate to Los Angeles to pursue acting?

  4. Stephen says:

    Breaking into acting. I’m already an actor but want to make a full time living as an actor. What is the best route to go to get seen more, work consistently and other ways for us to think out of the box to get more exposure and have our work seen by casting directors/ Agents/managers. Thanks. Be blessed.

  5. Alexandrina says:

    Hi Kimberly! I am currently a mfa film student at Florida State University. I want to direct and star in movies, but I’ve gotten different advice from many people. Some say I should focus on just directing or just acting. Some say I should start acting first because it will help me become a better director and writer. What would be your advice? Do you think it is possible to act and direct at the same time especially as a new comer?

  6. desiree says:

    Hello ,I have a question about acting. As a young African american female I always wanted to be in a Tyler Perry film. How do I even get notice by him to get a part in his movies?

  7. mitchelle says:

    hello.my name is mitchelle and i just wanna know what advise would you give to someone who had the talent but is lost?and needs proper direction?

  8. Jaquiya Jones says:

    My question is about mailing out headshots and resume as a new actor with no angent but is part of SAG-AFTRA is that still a good thing to do since now the internet. If so what should be sent out in this package to get the attition of a casting Director like yourself.

  9. Candice Morris says:

    Hey Kim.. Lisa..
    My name is Candice and I’ve wanted to be an actress for as long as I could imagine.. I just recently being to pursue my dream.. I got the headshots and the agent.. I thought surely auditions should begin to roll in but I’ve only had two.. small roles.. And I hear nothing back from the casting director or my agent …Nothing good..Bad… what I need to improve… or change… And I want badly to ask my agent but I don’t want to over step any boundaries… So I just continue to go to acting classes and wait for her to call and say I have an audition. So I guess my question is…What is expect of the relationship between talent and agent… What are the boundaries… What should be discussed..I just would hate to have wasted time but I definitely don’t want to burn any bridges…

  10. Tanya says:

    Hi I’m a 29 y.o. black woman who is basically starting out in the industry. I recently played a lead role in a quality student short and that’s all I have on my resume. Do you have any suggestions for those starting out late? I see myself in film mostly and live in nyc…

    Thanks!
    Tanya

  11. Diedra Boyd says:

    1.How do to find the right place to make a break in the acting field?
    2.How do I know who to trust in the acting industry?
    3.Do you have to go to school for acting?
    If my acting career start to fade, how do I make a strong combat?
    4.What if deep down in your heart you know was born with it and just needed the right person to see it , how can I reach out? Who do I reach out?
    -I just want to say Elisa, I really love all your work and I admire you so much. To be honest i know you have tones of emails to read and even if I don’t get picked it’s a honor for you to read anything with my name on it. I wasn’t able to go to school because I couldn’t afford to go but all my life as a little child up until now all I dream it to become a actress. In no way shape or form am I looking for a hand out just a chance. A chance at life, a chance that at least I can say I tried . Thank you so much for this opportunity.

  12. Elaine Owens says:

    My daughter has been acting in school plays and workshops since she was 5 years old. She feels that acting is her natural calling and has a real passion for. She is 25 and dosen’t have a lot of formal training. Is it too late for her? Is it possible to break into the field without formal training?

  13. Trevaughn Taylor says:

    How did you get discovered so much, that you became famous and ended up in Tyler Perry films, as well as others and now ‘Hit The Floor’ ?

  14. Hi! My question is, at what point should an actor consider moving to LA? I’m asking specifically in reference to child actors. Is there a certain amount of credits or experience that should be taken into account? Should you not include commerical experience in that decision?

  15. Melieuse Caldeyant says:

    Hi. my name is Melieuse Caldeyant. I am from Haiti, i wanted to know the requirements on becoming an actress

  16. Eve says:

    How do you just get into the acting mode?do you have to think about it or just be the character to be a good actress? and how do you know when acting is good acting?

  17. Stacey Pauli says:

    Hi Kim, it’s good to get noticed at all! Here are my questions; if you just have some schooling in fine arts and théâtre arts but it been 15 years now, but your passion is still burning for acting as never before, where would you start from at present now?
    Do you think I still have a chance? When I do
    get a chance of showing my skills how do I sharpen my skills? What do I really need to start Kim? I need your help.

    Yours sincerely
    Stacey Pauli.

  18. Kellyjean Abraham says:

    Hi Ms. Elise I wanted to ask if you could give the name a of good talent agency and management because I have been getting conned out of my money and I’m scared of diving back out there. I also want to know how do I approve my acting skills?

  19. Raven Chareal' says:

    Hi Ms. Kimberly! I’ve been stage acting for 6 years now & was an extra in the upcoming feature film “Selma” and plan on moving to LA to further my acting career in film and television. Is it better to take acting classes while going to casting calls? or is it better to just find an agent?

  20. Valerie says:

    Hi Kimberly,
    I love watching you on “Hit the Floor!” Do you know of any grants or scholarships out there for people who want to go to acting school? I’m 30 and can’t afford and don’t want to take out anymore school loans. Are there inexpensive acting classes out there? I live in eastern North Carolina by the way.

  21. Michelle Goring says:

    I am and always been in love with acting and I plan on pursing becomming an actress, but I have a two year old daughter which I love dearly, and I am a single black mom. Is my dreams still possible while still being a good mother for my daughter. I am 23yrs old by the way PLEASE review i am serious about this craft. Thank you! <3

  22. Hi Mrs. Elise, I’m 16 and been acting for 3 yes now around Metro Detroit area in stage and film. Recently I had 5 auditions foe a majar management company in L.A. (3 out of 1200 youth) that ending in them saying if I were there in LA they would take me on, but industry isn’t looking for black girls so they couldn’t chance me. I’m recently met Mckinley Freeman and he encouraged me to keep moving and I’m grateful for it along with many more. My question is, do I have to relocate in order to be taken seriously about my gift? I know that this gift was given to me for a reason and I’m not going to stop walking in it. I’m in need of an Agency and my mom has tried networking with some, but don’t want out of state clients. Help what should we do? Thanks! My fanpage http://www.facebook.com/AyrielLaTauja and YouTube @ Ayriel LaTauja….#Help, #Advice, #Grateful

  23. Rochelle says:

    So, I’m trying to “get my foot in the door,” as so many other aspiring actors are as well. Is it a good idea to start by doing work as an extra? If so how can you tell a legitimate casting agency from a scam, and is there any agency or agencies you would recommend? (Sorry so many questions).

  24. Jessica Lawrence says:

    Hey Kimberly I have wanted to be an actor since I was little but the problem I have have ran into ia there are a lot of fake agencies that seem so real. How can I go about finding a legit agency to represent me?
    Thank you so much for the advice I really appreciate it,
    Jessica Lawrence

  25. jaylen says:

    i’m trying to become an upcoming Actress. i love to Act, Dance and Write poetry/plays. I’ve been watching hit the floor since the first episode an i love Taylor Paige. My question is how do i get into Acting if that’s my Dream? I’m from Chicago, IL and I’ve been to so many Audition’s but no Agent’s have found me. What do I need to do to get Discovered? PLEASE HELP ME I WANT THIS AS BAD AS I WANT TO BREATH, AND I KNOW I CAN DO IT! i’m not letting my dream’s get away.

  26. Erica Annalise says:

    Hello
    I live in NYC. I’m African American.I have done some background/ extra work and a stage play( with two more coming up) I got the lead in the play without having any training. Ive always dreamed of acting and now I’m ready to pursue it. I’m older and I have a career as an RN( this will be my act 2 in life). I have not had any formal training for acting. But I’ve been told I have a natural ability. That’s great but I know I need to be trained as well.
    Questions
    1. Can you suggest coaches, schools etc that will get me to where I need to be. I want to be able to do what makes my heart pump(acting) for a living.
    2. How do I find out about auditions?
    3. When is the best time to get manager and agent?
    4. What are the best colors for headshots?
    Thank you for reading my post. I really appreciate what you’re doing.

  27. Angelique says:

    Hi i have two daughters with very big personalities their already in dance but we live jn philadelphia not sure how to go about getting them into the acting scene like do i have to move to la or ny

  28. kaleb says:

    I am a 14 years old African American, and I am trying to make a career out of acting and singing. I really need help. I live in a small town in Louisiana. I’ve been trying to make it since I was 9, but everything I’ve been doing gets me nowhere. Please help me to become famous. You may contact me at (985) 381-9093. Your help could change my life. Thanks. -Kaleb A. Carter

    Instagram: @kalebcar_
    Twitter: @kalebcarter

  29. Amy Aguilar says:

    So how does one get started and where to go and what to do to get an acting career? Im from a small town in Texas and dont know where to go or what to do? I’ve always loved the acting scene and sometimes when im at home after watching a movie I’ll try and act out as i saw on tv to see if i could be as serious or dramatic. I really would love to start somewhere but dont know how or where to get my foot into the door. I really would appreciate any feedback. Thank you.

    Team Kimberly =)

  30. Marilyn Vazquez says:

    Me question for you is how can one go further into the acting / movie industry. Here is a run down (1) My husband was an extra in Silence of the Lambs and studied at a stunt school, (2) My daughter just graduated from VCU with her degree in Mass Com and has CD’s out for singing and lastly (3) I have play experience from drama class in school and would like to try for movies. How do we continue if we do not know anyone or have an agent or where to go. Thanks

  31. Chandra says:

    what are the possibilities of a 49 year old none actor getting a part in a Tyler Perry’s movie?
    lol
    just kidding.

    My niece love to sing and act – she is interested in Broadway. She presently lives in Italy and visited NY for the first time this year for her 18th birthday and visited the theatre. She was ecstatic ! She is ethic and don’t think it would easy for her.

  32. Avicenne says:

    Hello Kimb
    Thank you for reading me. In fact I would like that you informs me about one thing.
    How its happens, if someone wrote a summary on a small story which could be the subject of a film?

    Thank you

  33. Terissa Parker says:

    Hello, my name is Terissa and I’m not sure how to get started or who to speak with about my future. I love to express myself through acting! &impact others with my gift. We all can impact the world and im ready to do my part I just need guidance please & thankyou !!!!

    My question is what do I need to do and who do I need to speak with to launch my career??

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