When it comes to looking for acting auditions, it is important to remember that you need to be open even to accepting small roles. As a newbie in the industry, you cannot expect your name to be instantly famous overnight. The harder you try to make a name for yourself, the harder it is for the public to forget about you. This is why you should be receptive of the small roles that may be offered to you.
In the film industry, there really aren’t any small actors. If you want to start making a name for yourself, you need to take on these minor acting roles until you build a name for yourself. Even if you take on an audition for an indie film, there is really no telling what this move will lead you to in the future. As a matter of fact, plenty of Hollywood A-listers started their careers from indie films.
Here are some of the biggest Hollywood stars who kicked off their careers by going for films that were not produced by major studios:
A year before Jennifer Aniston starred in the highly successful series ‘Friends,’ the young actress was part of the 1993 horror film ‘Leprechaun.’ This was the first movie among several others under the Leprechaun franchise. In the film, Aniston moved into a new house where the evil creature was initially trapped for several years. What followed next is a continuous killing spree initiated by the leprechaun in search of his stolen treasure.
Despite becoming popular in the 2007 indie comedy ‘Juno’, Ellen Page’s first role was actually in a much darker film. In the 2005 ‘Hard Candy’ film, Page plays the part of 14-year old Haley, who tries to expose a man she chatted with online, as a pedophile. The role highlighted Page’s edginess and talent as the movie involved a series of controversies and was known mainly for its violence.
It is no secret that Matthew McConaughey is famous as a sly charmer. But, before he became a big name in Hollywood, McConaughey first starred in the 1993 film, ‘Dazed and Confused’, as David Wooderson. This is the film where the actor established the character he is most famous for, even up to today.
It seems like auditions for ‘Dazed and Confused’ was not only where Matthew McConaughey got his lucky break. This is also where Ben Affleck got his first role, which was of a high school bully, Fred O’Bannon, who was known for swearing a whole lot during the movie.
Despite being part of the Mickey Mouse Club, Ryan Gosling had his first break when he starred in the 2001 film ‘The Believer.’ In this movie, Gosling played the role of a Jewish boy who turned into a neo Nazi. The success of the film led it to win Sundance’s Grand Jury Prize. Because of this, Gosling became a favorite among the indie film industry, where he later starred in other films such as ‘Half Nelson,’ ‘Lars and the Real Girl,’ ‘The United States of Leland,’ and ‘Drive.’
Before landing his famous role as the young Obi-Wan, Ewan McGregor has been part of several films by a British director named Danny Boyle. His first role was in Boyle’s debut indie film, the 1994 ‘Shallow Grave.’ This movie was about a group of friends that discovered their new roommate died but was loaded with lots of cash. The role won McGregor an Empire Award.
Another Hollywood A-lister, who had his lucky break in an indie film, is Johnny Depp. Playing the role of one of Freddy Krueger’s sleeping victims, Depp starred in the 1984 ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ as a teenager. Perhaps if the killer knew he would become a huge star in the future, he wouldn’t have killed him, eh?
If you are on the lookout for an audition, make sure you do your best, even if it is for an indie film. Who knows, that just might launch your career right into Hollywood and to more acting auditions in the future.