If you are interested in being a theater actor, chances are that you have a goal of becoming a Broadway actor. Indeed, Broadway is the pinochle of success in the United States for any method of acting, be it musicals, or plays. However, before you decide to head to New York City, here are some tips:
1) Go to a theater school. There are specialized high schools and colleges throughout the Untied States for you to hone your craft. Additionally, the faculty at these schools have ways of networking, so if you impress them, you are that much closer to getting a role on Broadway.
2) Be the triple threat. In the old days of Broadway, famous performers could usually sing and dance, but nowadays, it's important to sing, dance, and act. Also, you should know how to read music, so really it is more of a quadruple threat!
3) Be nice. Too many actors head to Broadway for auditions and are either too serious, or too eager to kiss up to the casting people. Neither is something that will get you very far. So, the ideal is to be appreciative of any and all criticism, and to be confident.
4) Be persistent. Remember that there are many people trying for the same roles, so don't get too disheartened if you don't get the role immediately. What you need to do is audition as much as possible, and give 100% each time. In fact, if you do your best, and are frequently auditioning for the same casting agent, the casting agent will probably remember you and help you out later on.
5) Take vocal and acting lessons. Yes, even if you went to school for it, you will find that there is always something new to learn. The more you practice, the better you will be. In fact, if you study several different schools of acting, you will have that knowledge to use to your advantage, and thus can audition for a wider variety of roles.
6) Have a good memory. Of course, this goes without saying, because otherwise, how would you remember your lines? If you don't have a good memory, just to find various learning methods, such as mnemonic devices, to help you remember your lines.
7) Emote. The best actors know how to emote, but also know how to emote effectively. Thus, if you're doing a happy scene, think of a happy memory and have that reaction carry into your work!
8) Make friends with fellow actors. Too many people trying for roles on Broadway view their fellow actors as a threat in terms of competing for similar roles. However, if you make friends with people, you can help each other learn lines, and network.
9) Don't try to imitate the greats. Many actors try to do this, and it really doesn't help them get roles. The greats were great because they were unique. So, be unique, and bring your own style to a role.
10) Don't try to change yourself. There are many specialized roles on Broadway, so go as you are. The casting agent will have an idea of how the makeup and costume department will transform you into the character if you get the role.
Break a leg on Broadway!