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Ricky gets answers to YOUR acting questions

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Kids explain the appeal of acting

Have you ever thought about becoming an actor? Maybe you've already gone to an audition or tried to get an agent?

Newsround's been looking at how to avoid getting ripped off, and whether there should be new rules to protect kids who want to work in the industry.

You filled our inbox with questions, so we sent Ricky to get some answers...


Loads of you say you want to grow up and work in the TV and film industry, but it's not as easy as you might think.

Getting into acting can sometimes take years, it doesn't always happen over night.

Over the last couple of weeks, many of you have been emailing us with your acting questions. You want to find out how to start acting, how to find an agent and how much it all costs.

Well, I've spent the last couple of days interviewing some top acting experts so check out some of their answers...

Jane Ripley, Casting Director

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Jane Ripley answers more of YOUR acting questions

How do I get into acting?

"You can start by getting involved with as much drama as possible. Join a drama club at school, get involved in as much youth theatre as possible.

Make sure you perform on a regular basis, which will help you to discover if acting is something you really want to do.

How do you cope with rejection?

You have to be very determined, don't let the rejection get to you. You need a support network around you, a family who are there for you and committed to what you want to do.

Castings are sometimes last-minute, so be warned, you might have to drop a family holiday if you get the job!

Sylvia Young, Theatre school head teacher

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Sylvia Young has more advice on getting a good agent

What's the best way to find an agent?

"Get a copy of a book called Contacts which should be available in some of the major book stores.

"It lists hundreds of agents, including agents especially for children. You shouldn't really trust an agent that approaches you on the street."

Daniel Anthony, Sarah Jane Adventures star

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More of Daniel's top tips for actors

Is it tough starting acting when you're young?

"It was kind of hard - there's a lot of pressure on a young person's shoulders to fulfil this promise.

"I just went to my little drama club and had a laugh with my friends. It was when I was about nine that I realised it was something I wanted to do.

"It's definitely important to do more than just the acting - you can do singing and dancing and loads of other stuff and incorporate that into your acting."

Martin Browne, Equity spokesman

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How to avoid dodgy agents

What's being done to stop dodgy agents?

"In recent years there have been problems with agents, but the majority of agents are fine.

"If somebody says they want a fee to represent you, that's a bad sign. You should be wary if that's what's being asked.

"The government are resistant to bringing back licenses for agents. They don't want to take that responsibility.

"We think it's the only way young performers can be certain the agent they're dealing with is OK."