Be more proactive, change your attitude from ‘I’m going to make it’ to ‘this is how I’m going to make it’. Take baby steps, start by just updating your pictures to make them look more professional and then start getting yourself out there, go and meet people, live your life, socialise with other artists whether they be students, filmmakers, painters or other actors, inspire and become inspired by the people you surround yourself with.
Audition for student films, audition for independent films put yourself out there and gain as much experience as you can, it might not seem like it at the time but you’ll benefit and take something away from every new situation you face. Nobody goes into a creative career because they want to be stuck in a 9-5 desk job, they do it to express themselves and work with others; Collaborate, communicate and eventually the results you seek will come.
There are many well known artistes who got their starts in independent films (here are just a few):
1. Matthew Mcconaghey – Dazed and Confused (1993)
Before he won the Oscar for best actor in a leading role, Matthew Mcconaghey made his film debut as stoner David Wooderson in Richard Linklater's 1993 film Dazed and Confused.
2. Amy Adams - Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)
Amy Adam's made her debut in the 1999 hit Drop Dead Gorgeous as cheerleader Leslie Miller
3. Owen Wilson - Bottle Rocket (1994)
Owen Wilson made his debut in both the short and feature versions of Wes Anderson's Bottle Rocket.
4. Jessica Chastain - Jolene (2008)
After several walk on roles on American TV, Jessica Chastain made her feature film debut as E.L Doctorows Jolene.
5. Ewan McGregor - Shallow Grave (1994)
One of the most recognisable Scot's on the planet, Obi Wan Kenobi himself started his film career as the character of Alex Law in Danny Boyle's Shallow Grave.