Updated: Jul 23
By Faith Hibbs-Clark
Building Your Acting Career: The Power of Small Roles and How They Can Boost Your Success
As a casting director with over 25 years of experience, a body language expert, and a celebrity acting coach, I understand the challenges that aspiring film and television actors face when breaking into the industry. One crucial piece of advice I give to newcomers is to embrace small roles, such as day player roles, 1-liners, under-fives, and co-star roles.
In this blog post, I'll share the importance of these roles, how they can be financially lucrative, and examples of famous actors who started with small parts. Plus, I'll be promoting an upcoming workshop that could help you nail those crucial 1-liners!
The Importance of Small Roles
When you're starting out, it's essential to gain as much experience as possible to build your resume and showcase your talent. Small roles, although they might seem insignificant at first, can provide you with valuable opportunities to:
Gain experience and hone your acting skills.
Network with other actors, directors, and industry professionals.
Build your acting reel with diverse scenes and characters.
Show casting directors that you're versatile and adaptable.
Furthermore, these small roles can also be financially lucrative. For example, Kelsey Grammer, who played Dr. Frasier Crane in Cheers and later starred in the spin-off series Frasier, reportedly made millions in residual payments from both shows. Even though his role in Cheers was relatively small initially, it led to substantial earnings over time.
A student of mine landed a day player role on the hit TV show Friends. Although the initial payment for the appearance might have been a few thousand dollars, the enduring popularity of Friends means that he would continue to receive residual payments over the years, adding up to a decent income.
As the famous actor Johnny Depp once said, "I think everybody should take whatever job they can get and build from there." This quote perfectly illustrates the importance of taking small roles and using them as stepping stones to build a successful acting career.
Nail the 1-Liners Workshop
If you're looking to improve your skills and increase your chances of landing those small but crucial roles, I highly recommend attending the CMFA "Acting Science" special topics class, "Mastering the 1-Liner Audition" workshop on July 25th, 2023. This workshop will provide you with invaluable techniques and tips to make the most of your 1-liner auditions and help you stand out in the casting process.
In conclusion, I encourage aspiring actors to embrace the opportunities that small roles offer. They can be pivotal in building your acting career, both in terms of experience and financial gain. Are you ready to take the next step toward success in the film and television industry? Your investment of just $99 will get you 2.5 hours live with me online in a small group setting, a chance to perform with feedback, recording, and materials to keep for future reference.
Group Workshop information, $99 or $75 on subscription
Private sessions online if you can't make the group class. $150
About Faith Hibbs-Clark
Faith is a body language expert who specialized in deception detection before becoming a casting director and working in the film industry for over 25 years. She is the founder of the Communication Method for Actors, LLC & the creator of the Acting Science Method. www.cmfatraining.com