Typical Acting Question from a 19-year-old

Typical Acting Question after receiving one of my articles with some acting career tips and advice.

QUESTION:

Hi Tony, I saw your article. I think you can help me. Can you send me more information through the mail. And here is my telephone number XXX-XXX-XXXX can you please call me?

I get a few of these kinds of questions each week, so I thought I would create a standard answer to this typical acting question. Here it is.

ANSWER

Hello John,

What would you like me to send? You are already on my my mailing list, so that means you receive tips and advice on starting an acting career each week from me. Those tips are not designed to give you everything you need to know to get started, but to just give you a few tips here and there. The real meat is in my home-study course. Everything I do is done online.
There’s no need for a phone call. I only speak directly with people who are signed up for The Acting Career Quick Start Home-Study Course. That’s part of the package (monthly one on one coaching calls).

What is it that you need help with?

You have two possibilities with me (answer to the typical acting question).

Response number 1 to the typical acting question:

1. free information that you read through and figure out for yourself. It’s all there in some 500 pages. You just have to be disciplined and sit down look for what you want, read through it and then try and work through everything. There’s no guide and no one to tell you if you are doing the right thing, etc. http://www.actingcareerstartup.com

Response number 2 to the typical acting question:

2. The Acting Career Quick Start Home Study Course: Your investment is $37 per month for six months (= $1.23 per day, the price of a cup of coffee) and you get step-by-step instruction with regard to your acting career. You will know exactly what you need to do and be shown exactly how to do it and when. The goal if you are diligent in following the instructions (that you can go back and have access to anytime you want and for as long as you want), is that you can be working as an actor regularly within the six months. http://www.actingcareerquickstart.com/ACQSPresentation.html

As a response to the typical acting question many people try and save money and opt for the first solution with the free information. What they don’t realize is that it takes a lot of work to sift through all that information and figure it out. The people in the home-study course realize how much easier it is to have someone guide you through the whole process of starting an acting career step-by-step.

So there is no need to speak on the phone John. All you have to do is decide which one of the two options you want to go with.

This is by far the best answer that I could possibly give to this typical acting question.

Tony

Improvisation acting and starting an acting career

Improvisation acting …and what you can learn about starting an acting career

If you don’t mind, I have a couple of questions for you.

Do you know what improvisation acting is? Have you ever taken improv acting classes?
Improvisational acting sometimes called improv is a form of acting that is actually created in the moment. That means there is no planning involved. It means doing whatever comes to mind in the moment.

Now, if you practice improvisation acting that enough, you can get to become good at it, but you still need a base. Taking acting classes and learning how to become good at improve is essential. Taking acting classes to learn how to “be in the moment” is essential. Taking acting classes to learn how to be comfortable in your own skin is essential.

So what’s this mean to starting an acting career?

Great, so that’s improvisation acting. What’s that have to do with starting an acting career?
It is a metaphor. You see, many people choose to improvise in their efforts to start their acting careers. 99% of the time it doesn’t work. Why? Because the people who do that, for the most part have no base to start from. They are starting from scratch, have no practice at improvising this type of thing and as a result, they get nowhere. No industry contacts. No agent. No auditions and guess what else? No acting jobs. So what to do about it if that is your situation?

Having a plan for starting your acting career is much better and will increase your chances of success!

Plan to start your acting career. That’s right. Plan. Planning is important and there are several things you need to do to start to plan your successful start to your acting career. First, there are the three things you see in this video. I could write them again, but it is much more effective if you watch me talk about them. So, first you need to do those three things and then you need to dig into each one of them.

Learn the business!

Learning the business of acting is so, so important and it’s so ridiculous that many people don’t want to take the time to do that. Why? Because in the age of reality television and America’s Got Talent, people think that they can just show up and get lucky and…make it. It happens only in about 0.00001% of the time. That’s how many people are out there trying for the same thing you do. Learning the business means learning how to get noticed, how to get yourself on the radar of casting directors and talent agents. It means learning how to get yourself auditions whether you have an agent or not. It means knowing what the industry expects of you and giving them what they want! It means learning how to sell yourself and market yourself in the industry.

To beat out your competition, you need to…

Remember this. If you really want to beat out your competition, all you have to do is to work harder and smarter than they do. To beat out most of your competition in the acting world, all you have to do, besides learning the craft and doing it for the right reasons, is learn the business. Learning the business of acting will help you understand that if you really want results, you can’t improvise. Getting auditions repeatedly and building relationships with casting directors and talent agents is not likely to happen if you approach it like you do improvisation acting or just trying to figure out what to do in the moment.

This is what I did.

My approach which helped me get myself submitted for more than 200 auditions, actually get to audition 37 times, get 10 acting jobs and make a little more than $4,000 in less than 3 months, is all about learning the business of acting. It sounds like a daunting thing, but it’s really not that difficult if you just have a method.

That’s what the Acting Career Quick Start Home-Study Course is all about. It’s a step-by-step video series that not only tells you what to do, but actually shows you what you need to do to finally start your acting career. So, if you want to stop treating starting your acting career like improvisation acting, then learn the business side of it and you will see that your world will change right before your very eyes. You’ll finally start to experience what working as an actor is really all about. Just think how good that will feel.

Leave a comment or ask Tony a question. He would love to hear from you!

Tony
Fellow Actor
and Creator of
the first ever
Acting Career Quick Start
Home-Study Course

and someone who
genuinely wants to see
you happy doing
what you love: Acting

Find a talent agent: Why most new actors can’t get one

Do you want to find a talent agent?
What about building relationships with casting directors so that they call you in for auditions?

Well…here’s why most new actors and even actors who have been at it for a while can’t make either one of those things happen.

Research

In doing my research, I of course must read a lot. Over the Christmas break as a matter of fact, I read two books.
I came across something that I knew, but never quite thought about in this way AND I thought about how this is absolutely applicable to someone who wants to find a talent agent or who has been trying to find a talent agent and hasn’t had any luck.

Statistics

It’s a statistic with regard to customers in general who buy products and services in any sector, in any industry. The source of this statistic is ________________.

Here it is.

2% of customers buy after the 1st contact with the sales person.
3% of customers buy after the 2nd contact.
4% of customers buy after the 3rd contact.
10% of customers buy after the 4th contact.
AND
81% of customers buy on or after the 5th contact!

So what does this have to do with new actors who try to find a talent agent?

Another related statistic says that:

48% of companies STOP contacting customers who say no the first time,
and only 5% of companies or salespeople continue to contact customers who still haven’t decided after 5 contacts!
Only 5%!

So who do you think gets the most business? You got it! The salespeople who continue to contact customers more than 5 times. How long it actually takes to get the sale of course depends on a lot of different factors. Among these factors is the salesperson’s ability to communicate, build a relationship, etc. and also the industry in which she works. The acting industry has a rate of “closing a sale” so to speak is a lot higher.

In other words, I’m talking about the number of times that actors need to contact talent agents and casting directors in order to get called in for an interview or an audition. In the acting industry it takes longer in general, because there is so much competition and also because the vast majority of new actors don’t know how to contact those people effectively without being bothersome or annoying or boring or just like all the rest.

Which actors end up getting called up by talent agencies?
And which actors end up building relationships with casting directors?

Remember my article about the 12 touches in which I wrote about the necessity to not just send out headshots and resume packages once, but that you need to contact talent agents and casting directors multiple times. BUT, it’s not just about calling or contacting those people many times, it’s about being creative in the way you contact them. We go into that in great detail in the Home-Study Course.

I just wanted to leave you with this little piece of stimulus, which has the following lesson in it:

If you want to really find a talent agent or build relationships with casting directors and hope to get them to call you in for auditions, sending out one headshot and resume and a cover letter and then sitting back and waiting for someone to call you, IS NOT A WINNING STRATEGY.

My closing questions for you

1. Are you among the of the majority of all new actors that contacts agents and casting directors only once and then sits back and hopes they will call only to be disappointed that they never do?

2. Or are you part of the unique and stand-out group of new actors that takes the time to do their homework and that has many different ways to contact them and that ends up getting called in for interviews, that ends up getting their agents and that ends up getting lots of auditions repeatedly from casting directors with whom they have built relationships?

Which category do you belong to?

If you don’t know how to contact agents correctly or if you have been trying and it isn’t working, you have two choices. Either keep doing what you are doing and get the same results or change what you are doing.

If you need help, I’m here. And remember, there are two kinds of people out there in this world. Which kind of person are you. See the video to find out what I’m talking about.
http://www.actingcareerquickstart.com/ACQSSales.html

Tony
Fellow Actor
and Creator of
the first ever
Acting Career Quick Start
Home-Study Course

and someone who
genuinely wants to see
you happy doing
what you love: Acting

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Acting in LA: What should I do?

Question about Acting in LA

Hi Tony,
I live in Sweden and I want to go to LA to start an acting career. I was thinking about moving there, getting a job in a cafe and then start looking for acting work. What do you think?

TONY’S answer about acting in LA

Hello, I received your message and here is what I would tell you.

I would start to learn the business of acting before you go to LA.
Going there and getting a job in a cafe is not a good strategy. You will spend too much time there trying to figure things out. You should figure out as much as possible before go, otherwise you will spend a lot of time working, needing to make money to live off of and won’t have time for your acting career. You might then end up like many who do that and never end up starting an acting career at all.
That’s why I created The Acting Career Quick Start Home–Study course. It helps you understand and DO what you need to do before you go. You will know what the business is all about and how to move around in the LA market for example.
That link for those interested in acting in LA and in other places in the USA can be found here. Watch the videos and look down the page about what the program has to offer. Whether you want to invest in the program or not (It comes out to either 83 cents per day over six months if you get the entire program all at once or $1.23 per day if you do the monthly program), you will need to get all that information before you go to minimize the time it will take you to start your career when you are there and to minimize your costs while getting started (rent, car, food, etc.).
http://www.actingcareerquickstart.com/ACQSPresentation.html

If you are interested in acting in the USA and you don’t have the money, then you can use this website and this quick guide to going to the USA to study acting, but using this website will take a while, because you don’t get everything step-by-step like you do in the paid program. You have to browse the site and figure out what you need and look for it and then figure out how to put it into practice for yourself.
10 things to do if you want to study acting in the USA: http://www.actingcareerstartup.com/acting_classes_in_the_usa.html

For acting in LA or for working as an actor or studying acting in the USA: http://www.actingcareerstartup.com/usa-visitor-visa.html

Acting schools in LA: http://www.actingcareerstartup.com/acting_schools_in_la.html

Let me know if I can help in any other way.

Actor Marketing: Something important you need to know!

Actor Marketing

What is it that you need to need to know that’s so important about actor marketing?

12 touches Do you know what that means?

First of all, touches are contacts. 12 touches in actor marketing refers to the number of times on the average that you need to have contact with an acting industry professional such as an agent or a casting director for example before you can hope to have them call you in for an interview (in the case of an agent) or for an audition (in the case of a casting director). That means that some of those you contact might call you in sooner than that and they might not and that many more might call you in after 12 touches or not at all.

I know full well, that most people don’t want to hear that, but that’s the way it is. Think about it. If you are one of those people who has sent out an actor headshot, a cover letter and a resume to an agent or casting director and haven’t heard anything back, then you know what I’m talking about.

So how do you get those so-called “touches”?
Well, sending out packages of headshots is just one way of getting an agent’s or a casting director’s attention. And that does not mean you should do that 12 times. If you do that, not only will you spend a lot of money, there’s a good chance that that money just might be wasted as those beautiful packages you sent out will probably get trashed! Not only that, it’s simply ridiculous to send out headshots and resumes more than once to the same agent or casting director, especially if they are unsolicited. So you might ask, “So what else do I do if I should only send out my headshots once? How on earth do I get 12 contacts with the same casting director or talent agent? Help!”

That’s precisely where many actors fail in their actor marketing efforts and never get any responses. Why? Because they send out one package to an agent or casting director and then sit back and wait…and wait…and wait. And guess what? Most of the time, nothing ever happens. That’s when some will call me.

Be a stand-out in the crowd!

I always say that you want to make yourself stand out from all the thousands of other actors out there who don’t know how to do actor marketing correctly. You have to do something different otherwise you will be put into the same category of all the others. What will casting directors and talent agents think of you if you do that? They will think and what will they say to their assistant if they even get a chance to rummage through the pile of headshot envelopes and get a glimpse of yours?, “Here’s another one. Just put it over there on the pile”. or maybe they just give it a thumbs down or say “trash it”.

In the Acting Career Quick Start Home-Study Course we cover all that and much more about actor marketing. In fact, there are actually 16 steps in the actor marketing process, that you absolutely need to know. You must! And not only do I tell you how to get those touches, I also show you exactly who you will want to approach depending on your acting goals and type (if you don’t know what that is, you need to know that too!) how to get them, when and where and how often.

What you can do to get those “touches”

OK. Here is a short list of just a few of the things you could do in your actor marketing to get more “touches” with the same person:

Forums with agents and casting directors is one way to get an additional touch, but make sure you do it in the right way!
Pay-for auditions: There are places where you can actually pay for auditions. We talk about that too.
Showcases: We talk about what they are and how you could participate in one.
Introductions from other actors who have seen and respect your acting work. You should only be seeking those kinds of introductions! I will tell you why.
Social media: It’s not just about contacting folks on facebook or bugging them on twitter!
Find work in the acting industry with people who regularly associate with agents and casting directors. We also talk about how to do that.

Actor marketing is something you need to know how to do if you really want to be successful as an actor. If you don’t know how to do it, you can be the best actor in the world, but you won’t work much, because you won’t know how to get yourself seen. That’s what it’s all about my friend. Getting yourself seen. Getting yourself noticed.

Oh. There’s something else you need to know.

You should also know about the average call rate. This refers to the % of calls you can expect to get from sending out one package with your headshot, resume and a cover letter. Unsolicited packages sent to casting directors and talent agents is estimated at an unbelievably low 5%-7%. That means if you send out 20 packages, you can hope to get one call. If you send out 100 packages you can hope to get 5 – 10 calls, BUT they might not necessarily come immediately. They might come after weeks, months or a year. That’s why it’s so important to know how to increase your chances of upping that percentage so that you get more calls back from your marketing efforts. Over the years and after getting so many desperate cries for help, I knew that I definitely had to include this in the home-study course for actors.

If you want to deepen your knowledge on the subject of actor marketing, you will get a thorough lesson in the Home-Study course and I guarantee that when you finish those two modules that you will know exactly what you need to do to market yourself, or just in case you are not yet familiar with that term, you will know how to get yourself seen by talent agents and casting directors and thus get a lot more acting auditions than you are right now!

I will welcome you with open arms in The Acting Career Quick Start Home-Study Video Course and teach you everything you need to know, step-by-step.

Acting Goals: 5 questions + 5 reasons why most people never achieve their goals

Acting Goals:
5 important questions for actors + 5 reasons why most people never achieve their goals

I decided to make this video for all of you, my friends at ActingCareerQuickStart.com for the beginning of this new year. Why? Because it’s the time for New Year’s messages. You know, the ones that say, “I hope you achieve your dreams” and stuff like that. Well, I wanted to create a video for you that tells you how to reach your dreams, whatever they are, acting or anything else. But let’s focus on your acting career.

Before you look at the video here below, think about these questions BEFORE YOU SET NEW ACTING GOALS that you once again risk not achieving, start to think about why you haven’t achieved those goals and how you can increase your chances of achieving the new ones you set for yourself. Here are the questions to help you think about your acting goals.

5 VERY IMPORTANT QUESTIONS FOR ACTORS

a. Where were you in your acting career, with regard to your acting goals 12 months ago? Think about it. On a scale from 1 – 10 where were you? 1 means that you were nowhere, no acting auditions, didn’t know what to do, no agent, not in acting school. Nothing. 10 means that you were a successful working actor making a full-time living only from acting. Where were you 12 months ago?

b. Where are you today with regard to your acting goals, in your acting career? On a scale from 1 – 10 where are you? Think about it. If you are here reading this, then I can only imagine where you must be, but that’s ok. Just keep reading. 1 means you are still nowhere, no better off than you were last year this time. 10 means that you have made significant progress, at the top of your game. Where are you?

c. Are the things that you have been doing over the last 12 months to start your acting career actually, to reach your acting goals working for you? Are they helping you to get auditions, get an agent, learn the business, learn how to get casting directors to call you in for auditions, get acting auditions, etc.?

d. Where will you be in your acting career 12 months from today if you keep doing those things? In other words if what you have been doing to reach your acting goals is working and you are getting results, then of course you will want to keep doing those things. If on the other hand, those things that you have been trying are NOT working for you, then I ask you, where will you be in 12 months if you keep doing them? That brings me to the last question.

e. Now that you have thought about where you were 12 months ago in your acting career, the things you have been doing to start your acting career and whether they are working for you or not, now the question is, what are you going to do?

NOW SET YOUR NEW ACTING GOALS:
VIDEO: 5 Characteristics your goals need to have = 5 reasons why most people never achieve their goals

NOW you can start thinking about your acting goals that you want to set for yourself for this year. Now is the time, after you have thought about what you have done, what’s worked and what didn’t. Now you can set new acting goals in a smarter and more intelligent way, avoiding the same old mistakes and increase your chances for success. How do you do that?

When you set goals of any kind for anything you want to achieve in life, you will want to make sure that there are 5 characteristics that your goals have. In other words, there are 5 mistakes that people make when setting goals that end up being the reason why most people never achieve those goals they set. That’s what this video is all about. It could be a great time investment for you I like to be concrete and practical and so I will share this video with you.

ONE LAST THING

One last thing. Remember that big goals are made up of little goals. Don’t try and set one big, huge goal, because you risk being disappointed because you can’t achieve it all at once. Setting goals that are too big can be overwhelming. Break your big goal down into little, bite-sized chunks, each of which are easier to reach by themselves. Reach each little goal one by one and you will see that you will slowly make progress to achieving your bigger goal.

In conclusion

The key to achieving your acting goals is this. If you have been doing things over the last 12 months that have been helping you, then keep doing them. Congratulations.
If you have been doing things over the last 12 months that have not been helping you, then you have two choices. Either keep doing them and getting nowhere, or change something.
If you want to change something towards meeting your acting goals, The Acting Career Quick Start Home-Study Video Course could be exactly what you need to finally start doing the right things in the right order and finally getting your acting career off the ground!

I not only wish for you that you achieve your dreams in this New Year, I also hope to have showed you how to make them come true. All the best!

If you know someone who could benefit from this information, please pass it on.

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Tony
Fellow Actor
and Creator of
the first ever
Acting Career Quick Start
Home-Study Course

and someone who
genuinely wants to see
you happy doing
what you love: Acting

Acting in commercials: Can you make much money?

Acting in commercials:
Can you make much money?

Tony here from the Acting Career Quick Start Video Home-Study Course.

A buddy of mine and I were in LA interviewing acting industry professionals for you! There is so much information out there and some of it is better to get “straight from the horse’s mouth” as they say.

We took the camera guy with us in the car and had a little talk about acting in commercials and also about how much money you can make, which is just one of the many ways there are to use your acting skills. I thought it might be kind of cool to show you this video and include you in on our little talk about acting in commercials. There are a couple of little tidbits of information in it that you might find interesting.

The guy in the video with me, (the guy driving) is Robert Presley Jr., a friend of mine who I met in my acting conservatory in New York. We took some of the same classes there at the Ward Studio. Since Rob knows LA very well from having lived there for several years, when we took the trip, I decided to let him drive.

Anyway, here is the video in which we talk about acting in commercials. Check it out.

In this next video about acting in commercials, I talked with a guy who has been acting for a long time and whose approach is about breaking into the acting business through commercials. His name is Mike Pointer and has a business teaching acting in LA, called Hey I Saw Your Commercial. He talks about the fact that there is a lot of money to be made there and the best thing is that you actually work less and earn more in proportion to the actual work you do. He talks about residuals and how actors get paid after acting in commercials. Have a look at this video.

Whatever you decide to do, whatever way you decide to get into the acting business, just remember, you will need to learn the business of acting. Yes, even if you want to start by acting in commercials. Why? Because you MIGHT get that big, national commercial and make a lot of residual income (even though residual contracts are becoming increasingly less common), but to continue your career and accelerate your chances for success, you will need to learn the business, which means learn how to get yourself noticed, how to build relationships in the acting industry, learn how to get auditions REGULARLY and FREQUENTLY and as a result, learn how to get acting work FREQUENTLY and stay employed as an actor, which I’m hoping that given you are reading this, that it is something that you really want to do in your life!

In The Acting Career Quick Start Home-Study Video Course we cover what you need to know about acting in commercials and more AND I will help you to better understand what you need to do to get your acting career off the ground and actually show you how to do it, so that you can accelerate the start of your acting career.

How to get an agent

How to get an agent

ActingCareerQuickStart’s Tony interviews himself on the subject of how to get an agent.

How to get an agent: first question
So how can I get an agent?
Before I answer that question there are a few other ones to answer first. It is absolutely crucial to know how to be able to answer this next series of questions before going out and looking for an agent. It can make all the difference in the world for you.

How to get an agent: second question
What do talent agents do and why do they want to work with actors or represent them?
Talent agents are business people. Many of them are free-lance professionals and entrepreneurs. That means they do what they do to make money. And they want to profit from their business activity.
Having said that, talent agents only want to work with actors who they are reasonably sure that they will be able to send out on auditions and who have a good chance of actually beating out the competition and booking an acting job.

How to get an agent: third question
What do talent agents expect from actors?
There are a few important things they expect.
a. that actors are professional, which means well-trained and who place value on knowing the craft of acting and on knowing not only how to audition, but also how to book and keep the jobs.
b. that actors take an interest in their careers. This means being proactive and also being able to book acting work on their own without the talent agent’s help and find breakdowns and invite-only auditions on their own for their agent to obtain permission to send them to the audition. In other words, they want an actor that knows how to work together with a talent agent and not just rely on a talent agent.
c. actors who are low-maintenance and who keep in touch with the talent agent as the agent wishes them to do so. In other words, agents don’t like actors who are always calling and wondering when the next auditions will come, but rather like actors who are proactive and who know how to take care of themselves.
d. actors who will represent them well in auditions, which means who conduct themselves in a professional way during the audition, who are prepared for the audition and who are on time for the audition and who know how to audition. It’s important to know that there is a difference between acting on set and auditioning. Auditioning is like the serve in tennis. Acting on set or on stage is like the volley. They are two similar, but different skill sets and you must know how to do both.

How to get an agent: fourth question
How much do talent agents get paid?
Talent agents in the United States traditionally get 10% of what the actor earns for a job. The way it works is like this. You go to the acting audition. If you book the job, you actually go and do the acting job. After you have done your part, the agent will be paid the entire sum of money that you earned. Then, the agent is authorized to keep 10% of that money and will then give you the rest, which is 90%. That’s it. That’s how it works if you book a job through an agent.

In the Acting Career Quick Start Home-Study Course we go through all the steps, one by one on how to get an agent. There are two modules dedicated to this argument.

Acting Question from a US Marine

Acting Question from a US Marine:

Hi Tony,
I’m currently 19 years old and in the US Marines.
I’ll be 24 when I get out and already know that I want to
become an actor. What do you recommend I do in the meantime,
so that when I get out of the service, I’ll be as close to being ready as possible?
And also, do you think that 24 will be too old to start acting?

Tony’s answer to that acting question:

No 24 isn’t too old, but if you are only 19 now and already know that you want to act, then I would recommend doing the following:

Answer 1 to your acting question: Start saving your money and/or investing it wisely. If you are really serious about wanting to start an acting career, then you will need to be self-sufficient for at least a year so that you can get started and hit the ground running. Otherwise you risk spending a whole lot of time and wasting a whole lot of money getting started. It’s really difficult to start an acting career while you are working a nine-to-five job.

Answer 1a to your acting question: See if you can build yourself a stream of residual/passive income now so that it will be in place when you get out of the military, you will be able to be making money without going to work. That will free you up for studying acting and marketing yourself. Here is an excellent idea to do that if you have something that you are truly passionate about.

Answer 2 to your acting question: Start to learn the business Tim. The vast majority of people out there have stars in their eyes and have no clue how much work this really is and that it takes a lot more than just simply getting an agent or being discovered. You have to know how to get yourself discovered, seen, noticed and not just once, but you need to know how to do it over and over again continuously. You need to know not only how to get an agent, but also know how to keep one and how to work together with your agent, how to find jobs and auditions on your own. All that takes a skill all of its own.

Answer 3 to your acting question: If you have time, I would already start to take some acting classes so that you can even see if you like acting. That will get you a jump start when you get out.

Answer 4 to your acting question: Having been in the military myself, even though I wouldn’t dare to compare the Air Force with the Marines, I know about discipline and hard work, rules, getting hard-core and concrete results. I would say that you are being trained mentally for what you will need to be successful as an actor. That my friend is very important and not to be underestimated. It will serve you well. That’s precisely why I created my home study course, to a) give people everything they need in one place and not only tell them what to do, but also show them how to do it and b) help people stay on track and disciplined by sending them their modules each week and also giving them homework to make sure they get done what they need to get done.

So, you asked if I can help you.

I have a website (actually it is this one that you are on now) that is a step-by-step home-study course video series that walks you through the process and has you doing things as you go
along.
http://www.actingcareerquickstart.com
The investment is $37 per month and this is what you will learn:
(This refers to the second answer to your acting question)

• The different types of acting careers and which one is right for you
• How to choose the RIGHT school for you, interview the teachers to ensure
you get the right
teacher for you
• The 16-step actor marketing process that will teach you how to get in
touch with and build relationships with the casting directors and agents
you NEED to know
• How to properly format your resume and know what to put on it even if
you don’t have any experience
• How to write a cover letter to make sure you actually get the attention
of the agents and casting directors you write to and so that they don’t
throw your actor headshot/resume/cover letter in the trash!
• How to get dynamic headshots that jump off the page!
• How to determine your type so that you will funnel all your marketing
efforts in the right direction for you success
• A sure-fire way to budget your money to make sure you get the most out
of the little money you have
• Learn what successful actors are doing and what they have in common,
what their habits are that you can very easily model
• How to significantly increase your chances of getting called in for
auditions through audition website submissions and why most who try to get
auditions that way never get called in
• How to avoid scams in the acting industry
• How to put together a plan for your acting career and make sure you stay
on track
• Get and keep an agent: you’ll learn what agents and casting directors
are actually looking for and how to give them what they want so that they
WANT to work with you.
• How to get casting directors to call you in directly for auditions
without going through your agent first
• Much, much more

And this is what the course consists of, what you will get:
(Concrete tools to answer your acting question and any others you might have)

• Step-by-step instructional videos that teach you exactly what you need
to do to get started and that actually show you how to do it, A total of
more than 40 hours of step-by-step instruction which has you DO everything
you need to do as you go along. The videos are sent to you each week in an
email and you will be able to access them online anytime you want.
• Downloadable support materials with each module, that you can print out
and keep for your own personal reference.
• Mp3 audio files of each video that you can download to your smartphone
and listen to whenever you want and wherever you are.
• 4 bonuses: 1.5 hour video courses
• 5 unannounced bonuses,
• your own headshot and marketing evaluation complete with a storyline
written just for you to help you understand how people in the acting
industry see you, and with personalized tips and advice on how to market
yourself so that you can finally get yourself noticed
• a monthly personal one-to-one Skype call with me each month in which you
will talk with him exclusively about your own personal situation and about
what YOU need to succeed and how to do it as quickly as possible,
• email support for any questions or support you might need anytime you
need it, ongoing

Let me know how I can help.

In other words, this is a mentorship program.

The absolute best answer could possibly have to your acting question: http://www.actingcareerquickstart.com

Tony
Fellow Actor
and Creator of
the first ever
Acting Career Quick Start
Home-Study Course
and someone who
genuinely wants to see
you happy doing
what you love: Acting

Contact talent agents but no calls! Why not?

I contacted talent agents but none called me! Why not?

How many times have I heard this one?

“I sent out my headshots and resume to five agents. It’s been two months now and still haven’t heard anything yet! What should I do?”

HERE’S MY ANSWER TO THAT QUESTION:

Stuffing envelopes with pictures and a resume is easy. The most important thing you should do in that situation is this.

“Start thinking long-term about your acting career instead of short-term.” Stop being in such a hurry!
Change your mentality and do the right things, which is, by the way, not sending out mailings to five agents and hoping to get called. That’s a short-term, low-probability-of-success thing to do.

It’s a waste of money and time for you and the person you mailed to. And besides, it doesn’t do wonders for your motivation and self-esteem.s

Contacted talent agents but no calls!

What you need to do lies in the answers to the following questions:

• What are you trying to achieve by sending out those mailings? No I mean what’s your goal?
• What is your type?
• Is your package “lined up?” Are all of its components speaking the same language?
• Do you know what the average response rate is for unsolicited mailings and how to beat the odds?
• Did you follow up with those mailings and do you know one of the best ways to follow up to increase your chances of getting called by the person you mailed to?

www.actingcareerquickstart.com/ACQSPresentation.html

Contacted talent agents but no calls!

Besides the questions I listed above, there are so many other questions that new actors need to be able to answer and can’t, which is a big part of the reason why many of them aren’t getting anywhere.

In the Acting Career Quick Start Home-Study Course, we not only answer all those questions and many, many more, but I actually take you personally through them step-by-step and show you on video exactly each and every step you need to take to make sure your mailings and your online marketing efforts are a success.

That’s just one of the many reasons I tell potential students that if you follow my advice, the things you learn in this course with me and the other industry professionals you’ll find there, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t already be acting during the course, which means within just a few months!

The last question I ask you now is, “Do you think you will be acting in just a few months, if you keep sending mailings out like you are doing now?”

If not and you want to increase your chances for success and beat that ticking clock, (time’s a wastin’!) I’m here.
www.actingcareerquickstart.com/ACQSPresentation.html

Stuffing envelopes is easy [fname]. Starting to get acting work and keep on getting it for a long time is a lot harder. Most people, if they are honest with themselves, need help. What about you?

End of answer.

If you have a similar problem about how to contact talent agents and not getting any calls, then think about how you intend to resolve this problem. Alone or do you need help to learn how to contact talent agents in the right way to increase your chances of getting them to call you in for an interview?
Here’s information about actor headshots you might find useful.

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