1. Taking Acting Lessons
It is not necessary to take big degrees from top schools to become an actor. Although an actor should have a natural acting talent but to present the same on screen/stage is challenging. Acting is an art and a craft that requires lots of skill and techniques, and classes are a great place to learn the basics, to improvise, to overcome stage fright, boost confidence. It also guides on Voice, speech, diction, camera facing techniques, body language etc. Actor should also participate in local theater.
2. Acting Resume
Like with any job, actors need to have a resume that highlights their acting experience and capabilities. You can gain this experience from drama clubs, Community Theater, school productions, Even if there's nothing available in terms of acting roles, you can always get involved by joining the crew. You can also get experience and get comfortable on the stage by taking part in improvisation nights, talent shows in your city. Resume is an important element specially at the time of struggle. If the resume is well drafted, chances of getting audition calls increase.
An actor needs to learn and practice the different skills that are unique to the craft. Some actors get stage fright; others freeze up in front of the camera. You need to balance and make sure the camera captures your body language and facial expressions on one side and on other side, act naturally as though the camera was not there. Your interactions and dialogues with other actors also need to be as natural as possible. Practice this by rehearsing various roles, characters, and dialogues with friends and colleagues in your time off. Practice in front of mirror. Your voice should be audible and words should be clear.
4. Keep Giving Auditions
Auditions are very essential to grow in acting life. So, try to give as many auditions as you can. And give your cent percent in all the auditions. Acting classes also help in guiding you to follow the correct audition techniques.
5. Find a mentor
There's nobody better than an experienced actor to help set you on the right path, because this person has already experienced exactly what you're going through. Mentors can give you pointers, introduce you to others in the industry, teach you tricks of the trade, give advice about where to find roles, and help you better your craft.