Links to all of my favourite resources and the odd tip from me.
First tip, ENJOY YOURSELF!
Before checking out anything else on here, take a look at the massive amount of resources on Stage Milk. There is some really interesting stuff; a bunch of acting tips, a 'how to' list and they even have an online drama course you can take to get you started.
If you want to act, ACT. Don't wait for someone to give you permission.
It's free, grab friends or a camera or both and just play!
A Painter doesn't get better just by looking at other paintings, they have to paint! And so does the actor. The more you act, the better you will become, so just 'act' as much as you can in whatever form you can!
The Actor's Station is run by my acting coach Les Chantery. I can't recommend him enough! Click the logo for more details!
Acting isn't Life or Death!
You're not a doctor.
In a scene you are literally having a conversation with someone so take the pressure off and remember why you act! Have fun and enjoy yourself, even when auditioning.
A unique learning and development centre for the professional actor. I have both worked alongside and learnt at The Hub Studio. They are passionate about the industry from every angle, they don't just want you to learn but create. Check them out by clicking on the logo above!
Watch the best, see what they do, and then steal it.
Watching is helpful. This doesn't just have to be the great actors, but also the people around you. If you are presented with a character similar to someone you know, then watch and learn from them. Or in a general sense, watch great actors and study how they manipulate their audience. Don't be afraid of
Backstage is a great resource for articles from industry experts. It offers tips and tricks, and some insider knowledge.
Know the lines
But they aren't the important part!
Work on the character and focus on what they are going through in a scene and let the lines come from that. If you focus on the lines, you will either forget them, or you will remember them and only them and your acting will suffer.
Watch The Hollywood Reporter Roundtables. I love watching these to hear the honest discussions amongst the actors and industry professionals. Its a really great way to garner an understanding of the industry from many angles.