If Hollywood is not meant for you but you have other talents, perhaps you should start your acting career elsewhere like in Broadway or in a theme park or resort. Just like working in a studio, the prospect of finding work in these venues is variable as it fluctuates due to economic conditions.
You could also find work by performing in a commercial or industrial film that is used for training and educational purposes, in an animated feature, audio book or a computer game. With a few shows or films under your belt, you could get a teaching position in a high school or university drama department so you can share your experience with the students.
But your acting career can also take you to other positions within the entertainment industry. One good example is Clint Eastwood who first started out as an actor and then produced films later on like “The Unforgiven” and “Million Dollar Baby.” Both films were acknowledged and given awards.
Ron Howard is another who was a child actor and then later on directed such films as “Ransom”, “Apollo 13”, “Backdraft”, “Cocoon” and “A Beautiful Mind.”
If you don’t have money to make a movie, try making a show for a network and if you are able to sell them the idea, you could get a contract for a number of episodes. Should the ratings go well the network will tell you to prepare a new script for the succeeding season.
But the truth of the matter is there are so many actors and actresses around that there are not enough spots to give to everyone. This means that you have will have to endure long periods of unemployment and frequent rejections during auditions. While formal training can help, many directors choose to get the individual who has more experience and talent. These are the ones who can look forward to a great acting career.