Michael Wiles: Breaking into Theater

Getting your first opportunity to perform in a theater can be a challenging affair. Some people seek to act because they wish to be famous, and others enjoy acting for the pure joy of arts. Passion for acting is a big part of making it into the business, and there are benefits that can be fun as well. A great place to start is at a community theater. One misconception is that an agent is required to get into a local production. Once you are in a community theater program, no that this is a time to prepare, learn and execute techniques, and to have fun with it. The setting is relaxed, and a career in community theater prepares you for rehearsing, performing, and auditioning if you are looking to move on to different things.

Finding auditions is the next step in building a career in theater. It is important to have a resume that features all of your special talents, all of the shows that you have participated in, all the classes you’ve taken, all the venues you have performed that, the camps that you have been to, etc. Finally, as a performer, you must prepare to be rejected. This is a normal part of getting into the theater world, and you can take comfort in the fact that it gets better with time. Individuals who succeed are those that get rejected and try again and again. If you set goals, you can make the best use of your daily effort and progress against realistic marks of achievement. Acquiring skills and tools along the way will help the emerging actor to round out what he has to offer. Michael Wiles is a musical director with the Bay Area Children’s Theater. He has seen a number of talents come through an arc within their careers.


About Michael Wiles

Michael Wiles lives in Sacramento, California and works in the theatre production industry. He has worked for many years as both an actor and a musical director until he was recently able to take the position he desires most: casting director. As a casting director, he has the opportunity to bring in talent and choose the direction of a production like never before.
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