The preparation an actor puts in is only partially acknowledged by pop culture. Before an actor launches themselves into the world of on camera productions, there is prep time involved. Remember that first impressions never get a second chance, so even contacting an agent or submitting to an open call should be done wisely.
A smart actor knows that they are embarking on a new business venture. As a business, one should have a plan to follow and execute before going public with a product. But before giving the first Joe Blow a few thousand dollars to “make you an actor,” read Marketing 101 for Talent. Then sift through the similar blogs about headshots, resumes, auditioning, etc, to find out more!