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The good news is there are more acting jobs today than there have ever been. The bad news is there is more competition now than there ever was before. Achieving any kind of success in this business means years of perseverance and sacrificing time and money to dedicate to your craft and auditioning for roles.
The first thing you need to do is get an education in acting. Acting isn't for everyone, so taking a college class is probably the best way to see if this is what you really want to do. If you're already dead-set on becoming a thespian, your next step is to major in acting at a college. You will be doing productions in front of sizeable crowds, great practice for becoming focused on what you're doing and performing in front of a large audience.
If you find that you need to iron out kinks in your technique, hiring an acting coach might be another option. A person like this can give you the personal attention you need and find where your weak spots are; something a professor in a big class might not be able to pick up on.
When you reach a level where you can objectively say you're a good actor, you should try your hand at community theater. This can be a step above college theater if the theater is in a city known for its acting community. Get a role in one of these productions and you'll be with other actors who are polishing their craft just like.
After that, you can decide if you want an agent or not. At least you'll have the experience and education behind you at this point to have a good chance at landing a reputable agent who will be able to go out there and get you work!