QUESTION from one of the folks on my list from Argentina:
Would it be better to take the course once he arrived and was in the New York environment?
I agree that you should start contacting industry professionals only after you arrive in New York IF your goal when you get there is to simply study acting and not pursue acting work.
If however, you want to begin working as an actor as quickly as you can after you arrive in NY, then you should start contacting talent agents and casting directors at least six to nine months before you arrive there. If you don’t do that, I can tell you that you are destined to waste a lot of the hard-earned money you saved to get there. Why? Because it takes time to create and build relationships. It takes a lot of time. So not only do you have to start early, you have to do it in the right way to get the maximum result, which means getting as many of those people you contact to call you in for interviews and/or auditions.
In the Acting Career Quick Start Home-Study Course, I spend three modules on just that, the whole process of making those contacts, which consists of 16 steps. We go through how to figure out who to contact, which talent agents and casting directors, HOW to contact them, how to format your resume, how to get the best headshots that will get attention, how to write your cover letter, where to put it and how to send them for maximum visibility, what to do AFTER you send out that initial package to increase your chances over time of getting called in, how to follow up, how to prepare for those interviews and auditions, what the talent agents and casting directors are looking for and how to give it to them even before you step into the room.
All that stuff is what I did to help me get 2 agents within the first two weeks I was in New York, which in turn led to me being SUBMITTED FOR a little more than 200 auditions in three months. Out of those submissions I got 37 auditions, 10 acting jobs and made a little more than $4,000 in JUST MY FIRST THREE MONTHS in New York. So, I know it works. As a matter of fact, I created a bonus eBook that I give out in the first month of the Home-Study course in which I wrote all about it.
FOLLOW UP QUESTION:
But if I decided I wanted to stay here in Argentina to pursue acting, will the Home-Study course work in my country?
I obviously can’t customize the course for all countries in the world, but I know for a fact from many of my students in more than 15 different countries that many of the things in the course are customizable and that the individual concepts can be adapted to the local markets.
For example, when I talk about agents and that you need to know what they want and I list some of the things that agents look for in an actor and that agents are in business to make money and want to work with actors who they believe can audition well, those concepts are universal.
Another example is the module about how to choose the right acting school for you. That is also a universal concept. Or when I talk about how to properly interview acting teachers and schools.
Another example is about headshots, how to get a good headshot, how to interview the photographer to make sure you can get the best headshot possible. That also is a universal concept.
Other things like mailings and whole process of getting agents and casting directors to notice you, while those concepts are local and specific, one can learn a lot from what goes on in many other markets around the world, which is what I teach and that in some way can be applied to your market.
Another example has to do with how to make and keep contacts and nurture those contacts with casting directors and agents, using post cards, internet, meetings, forums, showcases, etc.
What I believe is that learning what goes on outside your country can give you an edge. Some of the things you learn in my course and that you apply in your country might be considered different, unique or maybe even strange, but they might also be considered innovative. In the end, by applying them intelligently and adapting the concepts by doing things that others don’t do in your marketplace, that can be a huge advantage for you and make you stand out and be remembered. That’s exactly what you want!
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Acting Career Quick Start