So many ways an actor prepares.

"An actor prepares" is the title of one of Stanislavski's books. Preparation has a lot of meanings when it comes to acting.

An actor prepares by choosing his style:

The first thing you should do in preparing to become an actor is to work out your style . Which type of actor do you want to be? Ask yourself who your favourite actor is and whose career you would most like to emulate. This is likely to be your style. Once you have a clear picture in your head, you're half-way to starting your acting career.

Ensure you study your craft effectively. Read books on acting techniques and get advice from lots of different resources. If you don't know the field you want to work in, you can never hope to have much success in it. This goes for anything, but also applies to acting. Make sure your head shot and resumé are professionally produced and kept up-to-date. These are the first things an agent or casting director will see so you need to ensure that their first impressions of you are the best they possible can be.

An actor prepares businesswise:

Once you know how you to present yourself, you might want to look for an agent. However, this is absolutely not necessary. An agent will always help, but don't make it your sole focus. If you pick up auditions and parts, agents will soon be flocking to offer you representation anyway. Once you've got an audition booked, study audition techniques in great detail and ensure you are fully prepared for the audition itself.

It'll be a tough journey, so make sure you keep stepping back and admiring your progress so far. Enjoy the ride and maintain your passion and enthusiasm and you will surely go far. Who knows – that phone might just ring tomorrow with the acting job which will change your life forever.

An actor prepares the role.

Then you get the part. Now it is up to you to prepare for this role in a way they won't forget you.This is much more than learning your lines. At first you need to know what the play is about. Is there an overall objective? Has the director given you a reason why he wants to put the play on stage? What is the meaning of the play in this time and place?

You have to analyse your character. Why is your character in the play. How can you describe him, his desires, his fears, his goal in life, just as important as his occupation, familybackground, sexuality, age, upbringing, cultural backgroud, etcetera. There is a lot to be discovered about your character. It requires time and effort. What can be destracted from the play, what do you need to fill in yourself.

Everything you create has to be in accordance with the other characters, the objective of the play, historical background etcetera.

Many acting teachers give a lot of information on how to prepare on a role. The more reason to take your acting classes! Remember being an actor is a job, and with a job comes a lot of work. It can be rewarding, absolutely, but you need to prepare!

For a good preperation we advise you to read Lajos Egri . He gives a lot of tips on how to analyze your character.

Get the full picture about Stanislavski's System

The books of Stanislavski are not always easy to read. He uses quite comprehensive language, but it does gives you an idea of how he got to the system that is the foundation of Method Acting. We highly recommend this book to everyone interested in acting.

"Character isn't inherited. One builds it daily by the way one thinks and acts, thought by thought, action by action. If one lets fear or hate or anger take possession of the mind, they become self-forged chains."