Getting Started In Acting

Business Guidelines For Actors

TheatrGROUP has developed these pages for aspiring actors. We hope the information here will save many of you time, money and heartbreak.

I like helping actors in any way I can, but because of the overwhelming response to this site, I can’t really answer emails. I’ve tried to cover your questions within this site. If you read everything here, you should have a good foundation upon which to get yourself started. You have to do the rest. No one is going to jump-start you, because no one CAN jump-start you. Most have enough to deal with in their own struggle for survival.

If, however, you wish to send an email expressing your opinion about the site, or to report broken links, please do so.

It’s interesting that since this site has been online, I have received countless emails from young people, under 18, asking all sorts of questions about how to accomplish their dreams, and how to tell their parents they want to be actors, and which course of action will take them to the quickest road to fame. Since these emails are so common, and since I don’t answer them, I’ll post a general answer here:

Fame, fortune, and celebrity, from my perspective, are the wrong reasons for choosing acting as a way of life. Real actors are artists first. They make their choices based on living acting as a way of life, not as a career. For most, it’s a struggle of monumental proportions for which there will be no reward. That fact does not concern the real actor, who has no choice but to continue to find ways to illuminate the life of the human spirit through art, because it must be done.

The information at this site applies more to actors living and working in the United States. I don’t really know the circumstances in other countries.

Best wishes,
Harry Governick
Artistic Director