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Your Questions About How To Find A New Career

Ken asks…

How do you start an acting career?

I really want to start an acting career and i was wanting some advice on how to do it?
Also whats the best way to get into the movie setting, rather than start in theater.. would it be after acting classes/drama school to audition to be an extra?

New Niche Finder answers:

Start by taking acting classes and auditioning for what you can locally. If you’re a minor, you have to talk to your parents – they need to be in charge of any professional career you attempt and do the research for the business end of things. If you’re an adult – then you need to research and learn the business end of things yourself.

Professional acting is a business and companies are in it to make money. There are not a bunch of open auditions for professional work that anyone can show up at until they’re “discovered”. That’s not how the industry works. You have to be invited to audition for professional work, usually through a talent agent.

And you can’t just hire a talent agent. Agents are paid on commission, getting a percentage of what their clients make. Since they are paid only when a client books a job, they are picky about who they take on as clients. And they can be picky because there are a lot more people wanting to be actors than there are roles. So you have to network, get to know people in the industry and work to convince an agent that you have the talent, training, experience and commitment to book professional jobs.

You don’t audition to be an extra. Extra work is not considered acting experience in the industry. Basically extras are just human props or moving scenery there to create the atmosphere that the director wants for the scene. If you want some extra work, you can register with a casting company like Central Casting or check the website for your local film commission and see what opportunities are there. You have to live where the filming occurs and be available on short notice for a chance to be an extra. But like I said before – you can’t list it as acting experience on an acting resume or anything.

So my advice would be – take acting classes and audition (and get cast in) local productions like community theater. Maybe contact a local film school and see how they find actors for student films and check those sources. First you have to make sure that you have the talent and the interest in actually acting (and not that you just like the idea of being in a movie).

Then research the industry to learn how the business works. Starting a professional acting career is like starting a company and you are the product that has to be marketed and sold. So you need a good product (talent, training and experience), but you also have to understand the business, know how to market your skills, and know how to network and make connections in the industry. So read industry trades and websites like backstage.com. Read books about managing a professional acting career. Then determine if it really is something you want to do. Many people like the idea of being an actor when they think they can just show up at auditions and be “discovered” – but when they learn all the time, effort and money that has to be invested (with no guarantee of a return on that investment) they decide it might not be for them.

Good luck.

David asks…

How an I start a professional acting career?

My daughter wants to start a professional acting career, but I don’t know anything about that, please tell me what I need to do?

New Niche Finder answers:

There are specific courses at colleges/university that cater for people that are wanting to join the acting career. Depending on how young she is, she should choose what subjects to do at school based around this area, such as drama or performing arts, and then search on college or university websites to find a course that is right for her. If you are not wanting to go down the education root, the only way I know of getting noticed is if you hire her an agent, which of course is extremely expensive and not always effective.

Donna asks…

What career studies penguins and how do I get into it?

I am a in high school and I am starting to think about what career I want to go into. I have decided that one thing I want to do is study penguins, so I am trying to figure out how to go into this career. Does anyone know how?
I don’t want to work at a zoo and pick up after the penguins. I want to study and research penguins.

New Niche Finder answers:

You would start with an undergraduate foundation in biology and then specialize in marine ornithology — the study of sea birds. From there, you could pick a species of penguin to study, probably taking you through a Masters degree and possibly a PhD. David Ainley is one of my favourite penguin researchers and this is his book: http://www.amazon.com/Ad%C3%A9lie-Penguin-Adelie/dp/023112306X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1312339079&sr=8-1 This book is written like a series of scientific papers aimed at an academic audience.

If you wanted to be involved in the study of penguins, but don’t want to go all the way to a PhD, you could also be a penguin-counter, which is how author Ron Naveen describes his job! (His book: http://www.amazon.com/Waiting-Fly-Escapades-Penguins-Antarctica/dp/0688175732/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1312339212&sr=1-3) There aren’t that many penguin-counters in the world, but this guy helps out with annual population surveys in the Antarctic…a pretty awesome job! Ron’s book is a fun account of his job written for the average reader.

I hope that helps, and all the best with your penguin career aspirations!

Steven asks…

What are the career prospects in oncology?

Has anyone ever worked as or have any knowledge of a careers as a cancer research biologist? Also can anyone tell me about the Medical doctor approach and get a fellowship in hematology/oncology? I think that I either want to go through medical school and have a career as an oncologist or get a PhD in Oncology and do research. Any information is appreciated.

New Niche Finder answers:

Career prospects are excellent!

Research will not pay you as much as being an MD, (unless you win the Nobel Proze!).

How old are you now? If you are still young I would advise you do your MD/MBBS and get some ward experience. Then, do your Phd and get into research.

It will take a while, 5-6 years for medicine, 3 years Phd plus experience… You are looking at around 12-15 years before you can ‘really’ get into top level research.

Its good to see motivated people like yourself, keep up the hard work and all the best :-)

Lisa asks…

What is the number one fear in career transitions?

I am doing some research in the area of transitional career change, whether that be when changing jobs, after you lost your job, or if you are looking to retire. Any help would be appreciated!

New Niche Finder answers:

My number one fear is walking into the unknown – the boss, how he/she acts, how easy is it to request off work… Just the internal environment of whatever new career i choose!

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