How to become an actor?
Have you ever imagined yourself as Jack Sparrow on the movie screen or as Shakespeare’s Macbeth on the theatrical stage? If you enjoy being under the spotlight or love taking on different roles in school plays, acting might just be the right profession for you!
Making it to the big screen can be a difficult journey, especially to actor Emily Blunt. You may think speaking in public is a natural ability for the Hollywood star, but Emily struggled with such severe stuttering that she couldn’t even pronounce her own name at a young age.
When she was twelve, her teacher suggested that she join the school play. Through practising and performing, she finally overcame her stuttering and found her voice in acting. What started as training to stop stuttering became her ultimate life goal. From a child with a stutter to a world-famous actress, Emily truly is an inspirational figure.
Performing in front of a big crowd, even for professional actors, can be intimidating. As 90% of the population have stage fright, it is completely normal to feel that way and you should not let fear stand in your way.
There are many ways to cope with stage fright. Practise deep breathing exercises and rehearse in front of the mirror. Take time to overcome it in your own terms, like how Emily overcame her stuttering by taking on the role of somebody else in order to remove herself from her stuttering.
If you find, after constant struggling, that you still can’t cope with being in front of a public crowd, consider other alternatives such as television jobs where you can work behind the scenes.