Every actor has a niche, regardless of how versatile they are. You need to find and understand your niche to know if you fit into the type of actor dictated in a casting brief.
Apart from your talent alone, prevailing or popular notions such as the way you dress, the way you speak, and the way you carry yourself, determine the cautious selections the casting machine makes as the conservative piece of equipment it is.
Your niche is how the people who run the conservative equipment classify you and your acting style. Your acting style will often coincide with someone in the mainstream currently.
Playing in ways that oppose how you are seen gets in your way of landing a part.
Acting is not about being someone different. It’s finding the similarity in what is apparently different, then finding myself in there.– Meryl Streep
So while trying to find your acting niche, there are a few things you need to consider.
Targeting Your Acting Niche
Your age places you in a particular bracket. However, if you have the gift of looking older or younger as the case may be, that would be great. But apart from that, you need to be true to yourself and embrace the age you are.
The way you look sets you apart for specific castings and from others. Basically, this will involve your height and stock. Some roles will require an actor with your appearance, and you’ll be just perfect.
Another critical factor in your casting is how you really are as a person. However, it’s not something to be scared of. Your natural personality has a way of making certain roles easier to fit. Are you quite a serious person, or are you naturally very innocent, or are you more of an intellectual? Think about it.
It’s imperative to identify what your skills are- things you can do and those you can’t do. Ensure that you detail these skills on your spotlight profile. You may not know who is interested in your specific skills.
Another factor to consider in finding your niche is how you sound. Does your voice sound high-pitched, nasal, or assured? Can you shake your natural accent? If you can’t, that is another bracket for you.
If you are still not sure about your acting niche after considering these factors, consider asking other actors or your agent about the way you come across. Once you find your niche, do not undermine your efforts by struggling against it. Embrace it! Try to improve your performance by playing with that picture gracefully.
Be sure to dress in an appropriate style of wardrobe for your headshots to play into the whole niche aspect.
In conclusion, you need to be confident about who you are as an actor. At times, we tend to doubt ourselves; we feel that may not be good enough for casting directors. We may not be right for this part…
You need to accept your unique features as your casting look. Know that you may not fit every time, but when you do, you’ll be the perfect person for the job.