#RespectedActor Becoming a respected actor: learn your craft; learn the business side; understand actor unions; build reputation as a talented & skilled actor by being professional and being the best you can; and being a hard worker & likeable. It's easier to have a professional career as a stage actor without an agent. There are more open auditions for stage actors. Even Broadway shows have open auditions. Most actors WANT an agent to negotiate the contracts and set up the auditions.