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How to get your 15 minutes of fame


This week NewsChannel 3's Dana Brancato will be taking us inside the entertainment industry to find out how you can get your 15 minutes of fame.

For the past month I've been following actors, casting directors, agents and film crews trying to find out the best way to get into the entertainment industry.

Unfortunately, everyone gave a different answer. Some casting directors say acting classes are the most important tool. Others say having a passion for entertainment is key.

All agreed that if you want to make it big in the business, you're going to need to get an agent. They also agreed that most people who do become stars have a quite gift for acting.

Casting director Lisa Mae Fincannon said, "I feel that all performing artists have a gift. You either have the gift or you don't. Dancers have a gift, painters have a gift, I think actors have a gift."

A good way to get your foot in the door and onto a set is through work as an extra. You don't get paid much, only about $50 a day, but you do get the experience of being on an actual film set.

If you are interested in learning more about extra work and auditions in our area visit 

In acting the chances of someone being discovered say walking down the street are slim to none. Modeling is a different story but many say training is necessary if you want to get speaking roles.

Most professionals stress the importance of acting classes. A couple of places around town offer them. Tracy Kilpatrick is one, Cape Fear Community College also has classes and soon, someone from Thalian Hall will be offering acting classes for $15 an hour.

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