How to learn the business of acting
The business of acting is an important concept to know and is also, my experience tells me, one of the single most overlooked concepts among new actors. Why? I think there are five major reasons for that.
Before we get into the five main reasons why people don’t learn the business, here is something to think about. Why do you think they call it show BUSINESS and not show ACTING or show UP? There’s a reason why they call it show business, because that’s what it is. Only those people who truly understand that concept and apply it have a real chance of being successful
1. Learning the business of acting is something that most people aspiring to start an acting career don’t understand. Traditional thinking is that all you have to do to start an acting career is to get an agent and start auditioning. So – not – true.
Learning the business of acting means learning how to get yourself known in the acting industry by building relationships with casting directors and talent agents
who will know who you are and who will CALL YOU, which is different from always trying to contact them and hoping desperately that someone will call you! It’s how you will get auditions regularly and frequently and also get frequent acting work. That is much different from just waking up one day, deciding you want to become an actor, getting some pictures taken, putting them on the web and submitting yourself for auditions. In 99.9% of all cases, that method doesn’t work. If you have been trying that for some time now, then you painfully understand what I’m saying.
People ask me all the time to “find them an audition”. What I’m trying to say is, that if you let me teach you the business of acting step-by-step in an easy-to-understand way, you won’t need me to find you auditions. You’ll be able to find auditions all by yourself and lots of them!
2. Another reason why the concept of learning the business of acting isn’t practiced is because most people, most human beings in general in every aspect of life want a big result without doing much work. Learning the business takes work, but it is time well invested. Once you learn how to promote yourself, how to sell yourself, how to get noticed or how to “get discovered”, it becomes part of how you work, it becomes part of who you are and the results will speak for themselves.
That means that if you learn the business well and are disciplined at applying its principles, you will have more contacts with casting directors, you will have at least one agent if not more AND you will be auditioning, not just once in a while, but REGULARLY and you will get more acting jobs AND you will make more money.
It’s that simple.
3. A third reason I’ve discovered why most people don’t bother trying to learn the business even if they do understand the concept is, because they have this illusion that it isn’t necessary.
They believe that a shining light will come from the sky and touch them and they will be discovered and suddenly, with no acting experience, begin working as an actor along side some of Hollywood’s finest actors.
I’ve been trying for years now to discourage people from this kind of thinking, but every year, more people will contact me and ask how they can “just get started”, because someone told them that “they have what it takes”. Fortunately I’ve been able to convince hundreds that if they want to be successful at starting their acting careers, they need to learn how things work in the acting industry. Here are just some examples.
4. One more reason why people don’t bother to learn or to even try and learn the business of acting is, because they think it’s too difficult.
It takes time, but it isn’t difficult. It can be so easy, if you just learn how to do it.
These are just some of the things you will need to know how to do well when you learn the business of acting.
5. So many people think that getting noticed by casting directors and talent agents or “getting discovered” as it is so often called, is really all about “who you know”.
- What they don’t realize is that it’s really all about
“who wants to know you”!
To find out who wants to know you, you have to put your best foot forward and make them WANT to know you. So how do you do that? That’s why you need to learn the business of acting!
So what does all this mean?
It means that now that you have listened to my version (which is the version about learning the acting business that any serious actor or professional in the acting industry will give you), you are now conscious of the truth and now you have to make a conscious decision about how you want to start your acting career. Here are some things to consider on making your decision. If you:
a. have been trying for any amount of time to “just” start out by trying to get an agent by
sending out headshots and resumes and you are not getting any responses,
b. have been submitting yourself for auditions online, but not getting called in,
c. are getting one audition every couple of weeks, months or once a year and that’s all,
d. have no contacts with talent agents, casting directors or directors,
e. have no talent agent representation,
f. have no experience acting and haven’t taken any acting classes and furthermore, don’t believe
that taking acting classes is necessary,
then you need to look at yourself in the mirror ask yourself one question.
“Where will my acting career be six months or a year from now if I keep doing the same things I have been doing to get started?”
Just in case you don’t know the answer to that question, I already know what the answer is. As a matter of fact, I am so sure of what they answer is that
I’m willing to bet you some money,
that you won’t be any better off then than you are now. You won’t be any further along.
So, having said that, you have one more question to ask yourself IF you really are serious about starting an acting career and that question is:
“What am I going to do now to really get my acting career started quickly?”
If you want to get started and are not sure what this learning the acting business thing is all about and why it is so important and exactly what you will have to do to make sure you start getting regular work as an actor, then I am sure that I can help you.
In my one-of-a-kind Acting Career Quick Start Home-Study The Acting Career Quick Start Home-Study Program I will actually teach you and above all, SHOW YOU exactly what you need to do on video so that within six months, you can be working as an actor (if you follow what I say and show you). Here are some people who have taken the plunge and who are enjoying success.
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