10 Concepts To Change Your Thinking & Change Your Acting Career
1. Think Like A Business, Not Like A "Struggling Artist".
Create consistent systems - contacting, promoting and communicating with the industry- as well as continuous marketing campaigns to sell your "brand". Instead of waiting by the phone for a call or an audition, create your own projects and be persistent in following up with the contacts you know.
2. Make No Assumptions.
Don't assume you need a top agent to get work at this time. Don't assume that you booked that job because your audition was good. Don't assume that what works for a fellow actor will work for you. Don't assume that a movie star will be a good actor or vice versa. Just don't assume. Stay alert and observe. Your path is as unique as you are.
3. Hire The Best Coach/Mentor You Can Find To "Open Doors."
No one ever got there alone. Why would YOU be the exception? A Coach can personally refer you to an agent and save you YEARS of struggle, doing the wrong things at the wrong time. Why waste your most precious commodity, TIME?
4. Don't Follow The Herd.
Know what you want, what you're selling and never give up. Don't hang out with those who are unfocused, draining or negative. Go your own way.
5. Look For Opportunity Everywhere.
Create your own work by finding top professionals- writers, producers, directors - and hire them to develop your projects. Everything is negotiable. Create your own career- don't wait for it to happen.
6. "Live The Part" of a successful actor (and Dress it)!
You'll get more roles. You become what you think and project.
7. Waste No Time.
Know what you want and go for it. There's no reason to cling to one area of the industry, one city, one agent. Stay in the moment, stay focused, keep moving forward.
8. Play Out Your Agenda.
Not someone else's- director, producer, agent, manager or parents. It's YOUR life not theirs.
9. If It Doesn't Work, Scrap It.
Or do it over- headshot, hairstyle, wardrobe, agent relationship, manager. Don't hang on because "something is better than nothing". Nothing is better because it clears the air and opens the door for what IS going to work.
10. STOP All Unnecessary Activity And Expenses so you can focus on what you want now.
Never accept a role that doesn't give you growth, development, opportunity and/or MONEY. Those are ALL good reasons not "because someone wanted you to play the part."
By Gwyn Gilliss
Gwyn Gilliss is the Executive Director of TAM, The Actor's Market (www.TheTAMStore.com) a marketing firm for actors. They provide monthly FREE seminars/teleseminars, FREE weekly marketing tips as well as opportunities to meet and network with top industry professionals. Gwyn's acting career spans several decades. She has appeared on and off-B'way in classical roles in American Repertory companies in over 18 contract and recurring roles in Daytime/Primetime TV, Films and dozens of network commercials/V.O.'s. As a Career Coach she is available to work One-on-One with actors at all levels. For questions about TAM The Actor’s Market, email info [at] theactorsmarket [dot] com.
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