Starting a Career as a Professional Actor
I haven't had anything to do with acting in long enough that my information is rusty at best, so...
-- What are the chances of someone being accepted as a student if they are not 17/18, read: a "normal" first-year/freshman? This guy would be about 24 at time of application; would this raise eyebrows, or be a mark against him? What level of difficulty/competition would he encounter, given the school's reputation?
-- Knowing that stage and television are different mediums, and call for different techniques, do I remember correctly that actors are trained in various disciplines to give them versatility, but are pretty much expected to gravitate towards one or another?
-- Says he manages to get in, and works hard and makes connections until he gets his M.F.A. Is it a stretch to think that in a four year period after graduation, he might go home to Washington D.C. and successfully land a handful of small parts in stage-plays and TV shows? By "small parts," we're talking supporting roles like "the brother who shows up in two scenes and has about 30 lines," and bit parts/larger walk-ons (this latter for TV -- maybe like "that guy who lives in the apartment next to the main character and says five lines"). Is this realistic?
-- My failing on this next question is that I don't have a firm grasp on how long it would potentially take to prepare a professional stage show, given the wide variety of factors that play into getting ready. If the call goes out for a one-act with five actors and minimal scenery/props, would it take maybe about three months to assemble a cast and rehearse? What about something on the scale of Guys and Dolls or Hamlet? If he auditions consistently, could he realistically do two or three productions in a calendar year? (Three if he's lucky, or they're small parts?)
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Thank you for any help/advice you can give, and apologies for any potentially awkward wording.