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Standing in front of the crowd all dressed up in their costumes everything is just clicking The crowd loves it as the play comes to an end You feel the energy building up in the theatre an energy that youve never felt The lights go out and the curtain closes then the actors come out to bow Sitting among the hundreds of spectators you wonder how they got to the stage One of the first steps to get into acting is to construct an acting portfolio An acting portfolio consists of a few very vital components 1 Stills pictures of the actor when he or she is acting 2 headshots a picture of just the actors face 3 a video with highlight shots from past performances 4 a resume with a list of all the theatre work you have ever been involved with and 5 two monologues also on the video The monologues should be contrasting usually one contemporary and one classic or one humorous and the other a serious dramatic piece The monologues chosen should be well prepared polished and the best example of an actors ability Making the right choice regarding monologues is key they need to reflect an actors range and be entertaining but they dont necessarily have to be connected by theme or subject To obtain the things required is quite simple all you need is a camera and a video camera or a friend who has one For the headshots make sure you are out of costume and out of character so they can take a picture of your face directors like to know what you look like For the monologues look them up on the Internet or find a playbook in the library For the stills have someone you trust to take a few pictures of you while you are in costume and are performing something for them Also have them record you with a
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