This is how I see it: Level 4 - Novice: needs acting classes not sure what to do next - Advice: work with other actors, find a mentor (possibly your acting teacher?) ask them your weaknesses and strengths, work on both Level 3 - Beginner: has an idea of what's acting all about and a bit on how the business works, gets gigs from online websites, but looking for something serious. Advice: find a director you've worked with, connect on a deeper level, offer suggestions, familiarize yourself with the business of acting Level 2 - Intermediate: has an agent, getting some gigs, hoping for a big break. Advice: research the people you've worked with until now. See who has a great potential and reconnect with them. Offer help, be polite and get noticed. Level 1 - Advanced: already quit your day job, living off of acting and working with directors who know you and respect you, but want something even more. Advice: close the circle, become a mentor, give back to the community. You'll gain respect of others, and the next generation actors will be grateful to you and remember your name. If you're at an advanced level, please contribute to the topic... :) Feel free to correct me and add any helpful advice if need be. Thank you.