How to Get Into Acting

James Sweeny and Andrew Hearle, two Sydney-based professional actors, discuss how to get an acting career.
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  • Lectures 15
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 6/2015 English

Course Description

About the Presenters

James Sweeny and Andrew Hearle both trained at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (Hugh Jackman, Jai Courtney). This is one of the most prestigious drama schools in Australia. Both actors are now based in Sydney and have worked professionally in the industry.

What is this Course About?

In this course James and Andrew discuss their thoughts on how to get into acting. The videos are casual discussions between the two actors, talking about important issues such as getting an acting agent, staying motivated, and why you should train as an actor.

Along with a series of in-depth discussion videos there are also accompanying articles.

Who Produced this Course?

This course is produced by StageMilk, one of the biggest acting websites in the world. Andrew Hearle is the site co-ordinator and James is one of the main writers for the site.

Why take this Course?

It is often difficult to know where to go next as an actor. It can be a disheartening industry and everyone has an opinion!

Though both James and Andrew are relatively new to the industry themselves they have a lot to share. They have both completed full time training and are both trying themselves to forge an acting career. Though this is a very relaxed course it should offer some insight into the world of acting, and some advice, without all the spin.

What are the requirements?

  • An open mind and a keen desire to learn.
  • Students don't need any specific software.
  • All learning materials are provided in the course.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn how to get an agent.
  • Increase their acting profile.
  • Decide what sort of acting training is for them
  • Have everyday activities to keep them motivated.
  • Feel inspired to stay in the game and become an actor.
  • Feel more confident auditioning.

Who is the target audience?

  • Aspiring Actors
  • Actors at all levels
  • Students who are looking at acting as a career.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Start Here
Section 2: Working on Yourself

Things you can do everyday as an actor to stay inspired. James and Andrew discuss what they do to stay motivated and creative. This lecture looks at what you can do to keep your head in the acting game, which is important at any stage in an acting career.

3 pages

A short article on some of the things you can do everyday to stay inspired as an actor.

2 pages

An article with some practical ideas on how to practice acting on your own.

Section 3: Acting Training

This lecture discusses the pros and cons of going to drama school. James and Andrew, who have both attended drama school, discuss their thoughts on drama school.

The Drama School Debate
2 pages
List of Acting Schools
4 pages

This lecture looks at how to move your career forward without the help of drama school. Drama school isn't for everybody and you can certainly make a career without having a formal acting training.

Section 4: Get Your Career Moving

This lecture discusses one of the biggest questions for all actors: how to get an acting agent?

How to Find an Acting Agent
2 pages

This lecture investigates how to actually land a role. How to audition well, how to stay relaxed and a lot more practical advice.

How to Prepare for an Audition
2 pages

This lecture looks at your acting profile. Being an actor is like being a small business. You have to think about how you're being perceived, and market yourself.


In this lecture we look over the course summing up the main point for you to take away with you.

Section 5: Free eBook
21 pages

With the course you receive our Amazon bestselling ebook on How to Become an Actor. This is a comprehensive guide to becoming an actor.

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Instructor Biography

Andrew Hearle, Songwriter/Performer

Andrew Hearle was born in Brighton, England and shared his childhood between the pebble beaches of Brighton and the palm trees of Noosa, Australia. Growing up Andrew played in bands and passed his teenage years writing songs and performing.

After school he was accepted into the prestigious Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (Hugh Jackman, Tim Minchin, Jai Courtney) and studied there for three years before moving to Sydney.

Andrew has worked and recorded as a solo artist as well as with numerous bands. He has performed around the world and continues to record and perform. Andrew plays under as Andrew Samuel. Lookup Andrew Samuel on Spotify or iTunes to listen to his latest releases.

He has always been passionate about teaching and sharing knowledge and so writing and presenting courses was a natural progression.

Instructor Biography

James Sweeny, Professional Actor

James Sweeny is a professional actor based in Sydney Australia. He grew up in Perth, Australia and studied at the prestigious Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (Alumni Hugh Jackman, Jai Courtney, Tim Minchin). During his time at WAAPA he played the eponymous role in Hamlet, for which he received exceptional reviews.

James is now working in the industry and has already landed a number of TV roles in Australia which will be airing later on this year. He has also performed in two main stage theatre shows for the Black Swan Theatre Company in Perth, again receiving great reviews for both productions.

James is also a passionate screen writer and is currently working on his first TV series. Outside of creative pursuits James is an avid sports fan and writes for StageMilk.Com, one of the largest acting websites in the world.

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