Dear John, letter to an aspiring actor

QUESTION:

WHAT SHOULD I DO TO START MY ACTING CAREER?
I WON’T LIE. I REALLY WOULD LIKE TO BE FAMOUS. I BELIEVE THAT ENTERTAINMENT AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP ARE THE ONLY TWO WAYS TO BECOME FINANCIALLY FREE IN THIS COUNTRY.
I ALSO BELIEVE THAT INTEREST IN DOING SOMETHING COMES BEFORE PASSION…

TONY’S ANSWER:

Dear John,

Here’s what I think, not only about acting, but about anything. I believe that passion comes before interest and I’ll tell you why. But first of all, I think you need to do three things if you are really serious about starting an acting career.

What’s more important? Passion or interest?

If I’m passionate about something I can then decide whether I want to pursue it, in other words, whether I’m interested in pursuing it. If I’m interested in pursuing something because of money and fame for example, but I’m not passionate about it, in the end, yes I might make a lot of money, maybe…, but I won’t be happy.

When I was much younger, the concept that it was important to be passionate about something was far from my mind. Now, at my age I realize the the advice one of my college professors gave me was a pearl of wisdom.

I was in my sophomore year trying to decide what to major in. I told this particular professor that I was trying to narrow down my choices, but that I was still stuck between choosing something that would probably take me in the direction in which I could make lot of money and the other choice was something that I really liked.

He told me, “Tony, choose what you love, do your best to be as good at it as you can. If you do that, then the money will come”.

Many years later I know that it is true what he said.

Can you make a lot of money doing something you don’t particularly like?

Does that mean that you can’t make a lot of money doing something you are not passionate about? No. You can. But what I have found is that life is short. The years go by so quickly. You will run into so many people who wake up every morning and who are not happy doing what they are doing. They’re just working and they can’t wait until Friday arrives. I can also tell you this. If you want to get into acting to make a lot of money, I would strongly suggest you do something else. Could it happen. Yes, of course. But that’s not the question. The real question is, “Is it likely to happen?” The answer to that question is a resounding no. The chances of one becoming rich from acting is much less than 1%.

I’ve found that there is much more to life than that. And I also believe and I’ve proved it, that if you love what you do and you work really hard and smart, that you can make money, above average money or even more. How much you make is up to you.

The key for me is 1) to do something I love 2) to help people while I’m doing that 3) and to get paid well for doing things 1 and 2.

THE RIGHT REASONS?

So, it sounds to me that you want to act, but I’m not sure you want to do it for the right reasons Michael. Acting is a tough business and it’s the passion that will get you through the many tough times you will inevitably have to go through.

I would love to have felt good about telling you to invest in my home-study course, but based on what you told me, I am not sure that would be a good investment for you at this point.

IF YOU WERE MY BROTHER

If you were my brother I would tell you to think hard about your choice for the career you want and to think about what it is you really and truly love to do.

If you decide on acting, then yes I would look for a mentor. I can be one for you if you like, but I want to see you convinced about this choice before you give me your money to sign up for the home-study course. I’m not one of those people who is willing to take anyone’s money. I don’t need that John.

Also remember that getting a mentor is good, but you might need more than one mentor. If your former acting teacher only knows acting, as in the craft, that in itself won’t be enough. You’ll need more than that. You’ll need the business side of it as well. That will make all the difference in the world.

I’m here if you have anymore questions.

Tony

If you really want to get your acting career started and you are really serious, then come to me and I will help you. But, I will tell you now, that if you are not serious, then please don’t contact me. I can help you get your acting career off to a great start and give you the tools to get auditions and work continuously, but I don’t want to waste my time with people who don’t want to put in the work and do what’s necessary. If you want to do the work, I will help you and you will get results.
The fastest way to start an acting career

What do you think? What come’s first Interest or Passion?

10 thoughts on “Dear John, letter to an aspiring actor

  1. I love star up and inspiring,I sow wish I could also just live my dream and I believe I have potential,I can present,act and also dance and I would love to be a full member of star now thank you

  2. I reallt hope you contact me because i really love acting and I’m not onlt doinf this to be rich but i just love to be producing films that entertain people whether its good or not. Even though I’m new to this i really do appreciate your advice .
    Thank you,
    Athena Seenanon

  3. We are all born with Gifts and what we a naturally good at, it’s important .what you are born to do and work at it. Till you get it right before you be an Actor or Artist. It’s the effort and preparation that’s makes the difference to get that staring Role

  4. I love star up and inspiring,I sow wish I could also just live my dream and I believe I have potential,I can present,act and also dance and I would love to be a full member of star now thank you

  5. I believe that you need to love it in order to be an actor. I started doing Theatre when I was eight years old in the third grade. And I had feel in love with it. I love to sing and act. My entire life I’ve been wanting to be on t.v. especially Broadway. I’ve been doing it for a long time which is why I know that I’m committed to it. I’m a Junior in university and I’m a Theatre/Drama major. I’m living my Theatre life and learning more than I’ve ever known in the acting industry. I love it and I can’t wait to do Theatre as a professional.

  6. I just graduate from my acting school last month, i have a diplomat and a portfolio , i just need to know where to go to start selling myself out there .
    I just need to start somewhere . can you please tell me what to do ?

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