Audition for acting jobs: Question: How to audition for acting jobs?

How to audition for acting jobs

Q & A with Tony: How to audition for acting jobs

Here is the question I received from a young man named John.

I was wondering, how can you tell that a agent or a audition is a scam?
Also, how can I enter a audition and access my inner objects and motivation on the spot?
Lastly, What do I do about physicality during an audition?

MY ANSWER

Hello John,

With regard to accessing your inner objects and knowing what physicality to use, you need to take acting classes that will help you with all that. The mere fact that you asked me that question tells me that you are not ready to audition.

Take acting classes first before you start trying to audition John. Trust me.
If you continue to pursue acting auditions without taking classes, thinking that someone will discover you and then everything will be ok, you are just alluding yourself. Think about this. Once you get an acting job, you have to be able to keep it. If the director has to tell you how to access your inner self and coach you on set to do what you should already know how to do, he will get upset with the casting director who cast you and he will get upset with you and you’ll get fired.

It’s a long journey, but one well worth the while if you are really into it. Here are one video I highly recommend you watching:

http://actingcareerquickstart.com/acting_career/2012/07/how-you-start-an-acting-career/

and this link for you to read:

http://www.actingcareerstartup.com/taking_acting_classes.html

You aren’t the only one to ever ask me this question. Many before you have asked similar questions. Now let me tell you what many will do after reading this answer. Many will go and look on the internet and try to find other people who will tell them what they want to know and then they will be happy and discard the information that I have given them. They might even find people who will tell them where they can audition, maybe even sell them stuff like audition website subscriptions, which I already know will be a complete waste of money. But for the moment they will be happy until they find out that what I said was true. One day then, maybe when it is too late, they will figure out that they needed to take classes after all. At that point usually too much time has passed by and they lost interest in acting.

Don’t let that happen to you. If you really love acting John, then go about it the right way. There are no short cuts.

Let me know if you have other questions.
http://www.actingcareerquickstart.com/ACQSPresentation.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

Start Acting at Juilliard or in an Acting Studio?

Start Acting at Juilliard or in an Acting Studio?

QUESTION:

Hi Tony,
I’m in my 30’s and want to start an acting career. My dilemma is whether to go to the prestigious Julliard School in New York for four years or to go to a studio, study acting there and look for acting work at the same time. With your experience in the industry and the websites you have built for new actors, I would really appreciate knowing what you think I should do.

MY ANSWER:

Hello Brad,

first of all, thank you for contacting me.

The question I have is, if you want to start acting at Juilliard, will you be able to study full-time without having to work to pay rent and eat? That is an important consideration.

Clearly, having a degree from Juilliard will open doors for you. It will get you recognition in the industry if you market yourself so as to take full advantage of that degree.

Going the other route is can also work for you, but the key to success in my opinion is really something else. It’s character James. It’s all going to come down to how much you really want this. I’m going to give you a couple of metaphors starting from far away from your situation and then bring it home.

Start acting at Juilliard or somewhere else: Metaphors

People create wonderful retail environments, beautiful stores, but they either are in the wrong locations or they don’t know how to market themselves. The moral: having a beautiful store is not worth much if you don’t know how to get traffic to it. The same goes for websites.
That’s one problem associated with stores and websites.
Another is that the people running them often don’t want to learn how to market and sell their products and services. Why? Because they are creative people. They have no desire whatsoever to worry about those things. And thus, the store owner spends his days decorating the store and worrying about displays that will make his store look great. The website owner spends his days making design adjustments and creating content. Neither has the desire nor the knowledge to do what it takes to get recognition, traffic, visitors, etc.
And so…once they finally realize that their businesses aren’t going anywhere, they close down. The website stays online, but goes stagnant.

Get the picture?

Start acting at Juilliard or somewhere else

If you really want to get work James, you don’t have to start acting at Julliard, but you could go the second route, get into a really good studio and look for jobs at the same time and make it work for you, but you will need to learn the business of acting. Yes, work on your craft, but ultimately what will make the difference is knowing how to get yourself recognized in the industry so that you get regular auditions and book regularly.

Have you seen The Acting Career Quick Start presentation page?
http://www.actingcareerquickstart.com/ACQSPresentation.html
If not, I invite you to have a look at it. James, you asked me a question and I want to give you an answer, not sell you the course. But on that page, you will see all the things listed that are in the course. With that I want to convey to you that those are the things you need to learn IN ADDITION TO great training in order to be able to drastically increase your chances of success in this very tough, very competitive business that is overly saturated with people who want to become actors. So, like I say, whether you get that information from me or from someone else, if you really want this James, you need to get it, know it and do it.
But before you do that, the most important thing is your motivation. You need to be driven like a race horse. This needs to be a mission for you, something that you desire more than anything else.

Start acting at Juilliard or somewhere else

Without that kind of motivation and even with a degree from Julliard, you risk having a beautiful store that gets little or no traffic, not enough sales to keep it open and that never ends up taking off. Or having a website that is beautiful, but that gets very few visitors. You risk being one of hundreds of thousands of actors who don’t get much if any acting work and have to end up changing careers, because they can’t make ends meet. Why? Because they don’t know the business.

The support you will need to wanting to start acting at Julliard or anywhere else is to learn the business.

I never tell people what to do James, but give them food for thought.
The decision is yours.

Good luck.

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 your acting tribe!

Find your acting tribe!

Another question in from a young an who is enrolled in
The Acting Career Quick Start Home-Study Course

He’s been in the course now for a few months and has
been doing well. He’s getting auditions and building
relationships and starting to get acting work. His acting
career is finally taking off. BUT, he is surrounded by negativity.

He asked me what to do about it. It’s really about finding his acting tribe.
Here is my answer to him.

ANSWER

Hi Ben,

one way for sure is to surround yourself with other like-minded people and
with others who have the same goals and aspirations as you, such as wanting and
striving to start an acting career. In other words, find your acting tribe. That way you fuel each other, feed off each other’s
energy. It’s like that in anything you do in life.

In Napoleon Hill’s book, Think and Grow Rich, he says to list the 5 people
you spend the most time with, take the average of their salaries and he
said that he would be willing to bet that the reader’s salary would be
somewhere in that average. His message, he went on to say, is not only do
you learn from the folks around you, you also help each other, understand
each other and feed off each other’s energy. So, his suggestion is to find
those people and make new friends. In this business, that translates to
finding your acting tribe.

We can’t, nor do we want to cut people out of our lives, family members,
siblings, etc., but if we really want to achieve certain goals, that not
only the people we hang around do not have or are not interested in, but who
also try and tear us down, we can, however, find some new friends and
associates and spend a little less time with those who are really not
helping us.

It’s not always easy to find those people, who like you are interested in an acting career, but usually they are out there somewhere. It just depends on how badly we want to find them.

I hope that helps. Hang in there. There are a lot of other people just like you who want what you want. Go find your acting tribe!

Leave a comment here below and tell me what you think and how you deal with negativity around you?

Too old to start an acting career?

QUESTION:

Hi Tony,
I’m 27 years old.
Am I too old to start an acting career?
If not, do you think you can help me get started?

ANSWER:

Hi Martin,

thanks for contacting me and for your interest.
I just had a guy sign up for The Acting Career Quick Start Home-Study Course two days ago from France, who is 44 years old.
The woman student of my course that I talked about recently in one of my emails is well into her thirties.
It’s never too late, but there are some things you should know.
Most of the people who want to start an acting career are younger than that and it goes without say that the younger you start anything…well, just about anything, the more time you have to nurture it and sometimes, the easier it is to learn.

In my acting classes I have also had people of different ages and like my teacher said, often times the older students make for better students. They’re usually more mature, better about getting classwork done outside of class and take criticism better.

With regard to being too old to start an acting career, what I say is this Martin, if you are going to go for it, then go for it 100%. You really have to throw yourself at it with determination and discipline. You can’t dabble at it. You could dabble, but most likely you won’t get very far. You have to make it a mission. Even more so if you are not in one of the major markets where acting opportunities are abundant.

Too old to start an acting career? cont.

If you don’t do that and just try to hit it in your spare time, I would recommend not pursuing acting.
That’s against my interests in this case, because you might not invest in my home-study course, but it’s the honest truth. I don’t want you to sign up for my course if you are not ready or not convinced. Also because, I make you work hard! 🙂

Too old to start an acting career? cont.

If on the other hand you want to jump into my Acting Career Quick Start Home-Study Course to see what it’s all about, then you could do that too and then make a decision. You’ll learn lots about every aspect of the acting business from the very beginning, from learning what the business is all about, how to build industry contacts with casting directors and agents, find auditions, get acting work and get acting work continuously. One of the things we do in the very first month of the course is to teach you how to find a good school and teacher for you and how to actually interview the acting teacher to make sure that he/she is right for you.

Taking an acting class could be a good thing to start with, because if you like that, you would start to realize that acting is something you like as far as the craft is concerned and then you might like to continue.

Have a look at
http://www.actingcareerstartup.com/acting-career-research.html

Hope that answers your question Martin.

Too old to start an acting career? cont.

If there are not very many acting opportunities in your area and you really want to do this, you will inevitably have to move one day sooner or later to a place where they are more abundant, like New York or LA for example. I would think that you could approach this in one of two ways.

1. Start taking some classes to see if you even really like acting.
2. Start learning the business of acting from A-Z so that you understand what it entails and so that you understand what you will need to do to have a successful acting career.

By the way, in the home-study course, there is a complete and comprehensive module in the second month about budgeting and how to manage and get the most out of your money so that you can apply what little you have to your acting career. It might help you to see how you can best utilize the economic resources you have and optimize them for the best result.

Let me know if you have any other questions.

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 New York: Move first and THEN take the course? WRONG! Here’s why.

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?

ANSWER:

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?

ANSWER:

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.

BE INNOVATIVE.

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!

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

The goal to become an actor: 16 possible reasons why it might not be happening for you

The goal to become an actor: 16 reasons why it might not be happening for you

I have lots of people on my Acting Career Quick Start mailing list who are, as they say, “sitting on the fence”. They say they have the goal to become an actor, have an acting career, start working as an actor. They tell me that they are really determined, that they really want this, BUT, in most cases, it’s simply not true. They are saying one thing and their actions are saying something completely different.

The biggest thing that stands in peoples’ way from getting the results they want in their lives is that they
1) don’t decide, they don’t make a decision to commit to the goal of wanting to become an actor, to really go for it with all their hearts and souls
2) they don’t take action. If you don’t do something, get started, take action, you will never get what you want! OR if you keep doing the same things over and over again that aren’t working (looking around the internet for auditions, trying to get someone to introduce you to an agent, submitting yourself on audition websites and not getting called in, etc.), then you are taking action, but you are taking the WRONG action and doing that will not get you anywhere.

So why don’t some people take action, in this case, when it comes to their goal of wanting to become an actor? Here are some of the reasons:

1. Procrastination, usually comes from not having a clear goal in mind
2. Fear of failure or fear of being branded a loser if they don’t make it while trying to become an actor in this case
3. Setting unrealistic expectations that are simply way too big to achieve all at once and as a consequence and rightly so, not believing that they can do it,
4. Fear of success! Yes it’s true. This type of fear is usually coming from the subconscious that sabotages one’s efforts. Something always seems to come up that stands in your way.
5. Fear of change. Some people don’t really want the change that will come along with achieving what they think they really want. So they just don’t do anything. If you want to become an actor, you might have to move to another city for example. Some people deep down inside, really don’t want that.
6. Fear of others judging them on the decision they made
7. Lack of support from family and friends
8. Having an unrealistic expectation that everything they need to learn to help them to get what they want, whether it be in the form of knowledge, coaching, mentoring, books, videos, time or whatever should not cost any money at all. It should all be free. As a consequence, because of this stubborn and unrealistic approach, they remain motionless and do nothing to move themselves forward with regard to wanting to become an actor.
9. Keep telling themselves that they can do it all alone. That wouldn’t be so bad if they actually did something. The problem is that they often don’t know how to get started in the right direction to achieve their goals and don’t know who to ask for help. Result? They do nothing.
10. Lack of assertion or just pure laziness. Need I say more?
11. Frozen from analysis. These people study too much before making a decision. They do too much research, evaluate too many alternatives, ask too many questions, look up too many people. They do so much research and shopping around for the right person to help them with the right approach, at the right time, etc., etc., etc., that they get lost and can’t make a decision. And remember, before you take action, you must first decide what action to take and why.
12. Being too much of a perfectionist. This is related to point number 12. Perfection doesn’t exist, so don’t look for it. It will slow you down. Acting teaches us that. There’s no such thing as the perfect scene. Acting is so beautiful in part due to its imperfections. When you start, you will inevitably make mistakes, meet the wrong people, make a fool of yourself, get taken, mess up, make a bad investment, stumble and maybe even fall. All those things will help make you stronger, better and smarter. Stop looking for something that doesn’t exist! Don’t wait until you’
13. Lack of trust in anyone but themselves to help them become an actor. They don’t trust anyone to do things for them, so…they try and do everything alone. It’s too much to take on along with everything else they already have going on in their lives and so…they do nothing. There’s no time. It’s difficult to get great results in life by doing things all alone.
14. Don’t feel they deserve success. Some people just simply don’t see themselves big enough. Deep down in their subconscious, some little voice is telling them, “you could never do that” or “that kind of thing is reserved for other people. Not for you!” or “You’re not smart enough or talented enough to be able to do that!” or “That’s really way out of your league!” You have to learn how to beat down that voice and replace that inner talk that is damaging to your goals with a different kind of talk, that’s more positive. If you want to be successful you first have to really believe that you deserve it. That in itself will provide you with a lot of drive and determination to move you in the right direction and help you to take action.
15. Not enough money and no idea of how to get it for all the things they need to do to start their acting careers and become an actor. Sometimes, often times people concentrate so much on the fact that they don’t have the money they need, that they completely don’t think about all the things that they could do to get that money and sometimes that’s because they don’t even think it’s possible to be able to start creating something that will bring in some extra money. Another thing they don’t think about is about all the things they could be doing in the meantime to start moving in the direction of their dreams that don’t require a lot if any money.
16. Getting caught up in the negativity. If you are surrounded by people who are negative, always bringing you down, who don’t encourage you, who are always telling you that you can’t do something, that they don’t want you to do it, bla, bla, bla, then you must ask yourself is that the kind of environment that will help you to achieve your goals. Now, if you are still young and living at home, then you might not have much choice but to stick it out. But if you are old enough to make your own decisions and all the people, your friends are people like the ones I have described, then you better start looking for some new friends IF and only IF you really want to start an acting career.

Remember that not making a decision to take action to achieve your goal of wanting to become an actor is a decision in itself. You decide not to decide. That’s a decision. So what I’m saying here is that you can’t get away from making a decision. If you are sitting on the fence, not taking action because of one of those 16 reasons on the list above, the question I have for you now is:

What are you going to do? These reasons that I just listed are applicable in all areas of your life. But since we are often talking about starting an acting career, it’s important that, if you haven’t been getting anywhere in your acting career, that you start to ask yourself if the reason could be one of the things I mentioned above.
Think about it.
THIS PROGRAM is for people who REALLY want to become an actor.
The acting career quick start home-study course.

What do you think? Leave a comment here below.

Actor Reels: Situation 2 How to create actor reels

In part I of how to create actor reels, you’ll see that I talked about getting a friend to do it for you, when you are in what I describe as Situation 1, which is that you have not much money and you have no credits, no acting experience and no video of actual acting work that you have done and are considering asking a friend to create your actor reels for you.

Now we’ll talk about the actor who is in Situation 2.

Creating actor reels Situation 2:
a. You don’t have much money and you want to get an acting reel created.
b. You DO have content, which means that you have acting experience and you have actual footage of real acting jobs that you have done, commercials, plays (shot in good quality and professionally and not with a hand-held camera by someone who was sitting in the audience), film and/or television work.
c. You are thinking about having a friend of yours, who knows how to edit video and put it all together for you.

What should you do?

It really depends on how good your friend is at doing what he does and whether or not he is really qualified and able to create an actor reel for you. Remember that your reel is yet another (aside from your headshot, website, etc.) business card for you. It’s one of the things that casting directors will look at to see if they would like to call you in for auditions. It’s what talent agents might look at to call you in for an interview if they are looking for new talent to represent of your type.

At any rate, make sure you know how actor reels need to be formatted and what casting directors look for and how they will use it. You can have the best quality shots in your reel, but if they are not formatted correctly and/or in the right order and in the right length, they won’t get seen. The result of that is that you might not get called in for, not just one audition, but for all the auditions which you submit for and where the casting director is relying on your reel to decide whether to call you in for a live audition or not.

Think about it.

In the Acting Career Quick Start Video Series, we go into great detail about, not only actor reels, but all of your marketing materials and how to use them correctly to ensure greater probability of creating a successful and continuous chain of events: building relationships with casting directors and agents and other industry professionals, which leads to getting called in for auditions, not just once in a while but frequently and regularly, which leads to booking acting work..regularly.

If that is something you are interested in, then contact me here using the contact us link at the bottom of the page and you can get started within minutes of signing up!
http://www.actingcareerquickstart.com/ACQSSales.html

Actor Reel: Should I get a friend to do it for me? Situation 1

My Actor Reel:
Should I get a friend to do it for me?

Situation 1

This is a question I frequently get with regard to creating an actor reel.
“I don’t have the money to pay for a professional agency to create my actor reel. Tony should I get my friend to do it for me?”

There are two situations you might be able to learn from and that might help you. In this post, I’m going to talk about one of these situations, that just might be…yours.

Creating an actor reel Situation 1:

a. You don’t have much money and you want to get an acting reel created.
b. You don’t have any content of your own. That means you don’t have any acting experience and no film or video clips of your actual work, whether it be commercials, plays or film/television work.
c. You have a friend who you are thinking of approaching to help you shoot scenes and put them together into a reel that you can use to promote yourself to casting directors and talent agents.

The question:
A young, to-be actor comes to me and asks the question:
“Tony, should I get my friend to make my reel for me?”

My advice:

First of all, if you have no experience, then my absolute best advice would be to wait until you do have some experience, have done some acting work and then think about getting a reel done. If you have no experience, then you have to ask yourself what you hope to accomplish by getting a reel created? For example, if you have taken either no acting classes or very few acting classes, that means, to create a reel you will have to act in scenes. How well do you think you will be able to do that if you have little or no experience acting? Something that could help you get over that hurdle is a really good director, BUT, is your friend an experienced director? The other thing you will need is a story behind the scene? Are you able to create something like that? Is your friend able to create a great scene for you, that is perfect for your type?

I don’t want to burst your bubble, but if you are really serious about starting an acting career, then do it the right way. Don’t waste your time and money doing things that are destined to get you nowhere. If you haven’t already seen it, then have a look at my top 3 things to do video about starting an acting career. If you get a reel created with poor-quality acting and that is not formatted correctly and effectively for casting director usage, then even if you spend less money than you would have with a professional agency in getting it done, you will still have wasted that money.

So, if I have convinced you to not yet get your actor reel created, what do you do? Once again have a look at the three things you must do to start your acting career to have a better chance at success.
And, if you want to know everything about how to start and maintain a successful acting career and you want to get all the information in one place, then I can offer you my Acting Career Quick Start Home-Study Video Series in which I take you by the hand and walk you through the whole process step by step.

If you are stubborn and decide that in spite of the fact that you have no experience, you want to get an actor reel created anyway, then please take heed to these four pieces of valuable advice:

1. If your friend can guarantee you good quality and both you and he know how the actor reel needs to be formatted to meet industry standards and to really be an effective marketing tool for you, then by all means go ahead with that. Clarify up front what you expect of him so that if in the end he doesn’t give it to you in terms of the quality, then you can preserve your relationship.
The tricky thing is if you don’t have the content from actual acting jobs and you want him
to help you create it by doing scenes that he films and edits.
If that is your case then I would say that you need to get it done professionally. There are
companies that help actors create content for their reels.
If on the other hand, you have content and just need it put together for your reel, then you could think of having your friend do that for you.
2. Make sure you know what the industry is looking for in an actor reel. In other words, make sure you know how casting directors especially, will use your actor reel, what they look for and how they expect it to be formatted. This video about what your acting reel needs to include and how it should be set up will help you with that.
3. Get at least some acting training before you shoot the scenes. You must know how to act. And please take note that I didn’t say, you should “think” you know how to act.
4. Know what you will do with your acting reel once you have it. In other words, know how to use it to market yourself. P.S., you should know that your actor reel is just part of your complete marketing package.

Soon I’ll tell you more about creating an actor reel and what to do if you DO have your own content. Stay tuned!

Begin an Acting Career: 10 Ways to waste money at the beginning of your acting career

Begin an acting career the right way.
Don’t waste your money!

1. Getting headshots before you’re ready: This is one of the biggest mistakes new actors make. It’s crazy. They waste so much money getting headshots that look terrible, with bad and lifeless expressions or with simple smiles or that are bad quality pictures or that look like simple vacation pictures. To get a good headshot, you need to know WHAT makes a good headshot and also HOW to make that happen. Two important things can help you with that. a) what you learn in your acting classes and b) a good headshot photographer who doesn’t just worry about the quality of the picture, but who knows how to get a quality HEADSHOT. Those are two different things! At any rate, if you get them before you’re ready, my experience tells me that there’s a good chance that it will be money wasted! It’s bad practice to send bad headshots to agents and casting directors. In that way, you burn yourself before you even get started!

2. Spending money to get headshots with a cheap, amateur or unprofessional headshot photographer or a friend, who doesn’t know to get you a good-quality shot: Your headshot is one of your most important marketing materials. If you get a friend to take your picture in the living room or at the beach, or even against a wall, that means you don’t understand what you’re doing. If you want to throw money away, then do that.

Begin an acting career the right way.

3. Doing mailings in an inefficient way: If you want to contact agents and casting directors, then understand first of all, what it is they look for and how you can contact them, how they like to be contacted and THEN think about how the mailing process fits into that. You must understand the 16-step mailing process and what the average response rates are. Stuffing a picture, with a short letter and a resume in an envelope, sending it out to an agent and then repeating the process two more times with two more agents and then sitting back and waiting for the phone to ring, is NOT an effective mailing process and will get you ZERO results.




4. Flying or driving to auditions when you’re not yet ready to audition: Many people ask me if it makes sense to try and get an agent in a different city from the one you live in. It only makes sense if you have significant acting experience, know how to audition, are ready and able to move to that city if you actually book a long-term job AND if you really have an over-abundance of extra money lying around that will enable you to travel to those auditions regularly and pay for hotel and meals if necessary. Otherwise, I say stay in the city where you are, get experience, build your resume and then move to the city where you want to get an agent and work as an actor.

Begin an acting career the right way.

5. Taking sporadic single acting classes or workshops for acting when you really need an on-going class: Sometimes people will ask me, “How many acting classes do I have to take before I’m ready to start looking for work?” There is no answer to that question. First of all, I don’t know you, don’t know your capabilities as an actor. But I do know that it takes a long, long, long time to perfect acting skills and that you never, ever stop learning. So, a spot class is ok, if you want to see if acting might be something you might like, but if you really want to become good at it and have a real chance at beating out your competition, then you need to get into some good acting technique, scene study or text analysis classes and/or commercial acting classes for example and stay there for the long haul.

6. Paying money to schools and organizations who tell you they can make you a star and get you up in front of casting directors and agents when you have no experience: Here’s another common question I get. “Some organization or company offered to put me up in front of some of the best agents and casting directors in Hollywood. They told me that I have a good look and could be a shoe-in to get booked with an agent. The only thing is that they said it costs $1,500. For that they say I get classes as well along with the chance to audition for the agents”. No! There MIGHT be some legitimate players out there offering this kind of thing, but most of them that I have researched will put you up in front of those agents and casting directors and they don’t care whether you have experience or not. Even if we’re talking about kids, which sometimes it’s not so important the experience, but rather the look and the communication skills and personality, it’s still a BIG, BIG risk to spend all that money, alluding yourself into thinking that you’ll get that big break or get discovered, when in reality, it actually has a very low chance of happening. The money is better spent planting the seeds, studying, building your resume, getting experience and presenting yourself to those agents and casting directors in the appropriate and much more effective way.

Begin an acting career the right way.

7. Not looking at acting as a business: Most people want things quickly. People want to become actors quickly without a whole lot of work attached. Unfortunately, unless your name is Aston Kutcher, Tom Cruise or a few select others, it’s not going to happen. Stories like that are few and far between. Or like Gary Spatz, Disney acting coach once told me, “It’s really not worth talking about”. Acting is a business and it has many different facets. If you don’t look at it as a business, then you risk wasting a lot of time, effort, energy, mind-space and yes, money doing things that don’t make sense or that have little chance of getting you where you want to be. And the worst thing is the most people, while working on their acting career, have no clue that the things they are doing make no sense and will get them nowhere. Learn the business!




8. Taking into consideration that time is money, wasting time doing things to get a quick fix or a quick result (audition, meeting with an agent, etc.) when you could be spending that time doing other things that will really help you plant the seeds for the success: I hear it over and over again. People contact me all the time asking if I can help them get an agent. When I ask how much experience they have, 99 times out of 100 the answer is none or very little. Many of these people believe that getting an agent is the thing that will put an end to all their worries, the thing that will help their acting careers take off. Wrong! You have to learn the business of acting. You have to know how to work together with your agent to get acting auditions and work. You have to know how to make yourself appreciated by agents. You have to know how to audition, because acting and auditioning are two different things. You have to know what agents want. You have to know how to market yourself. You have to know what to do if your agent isn’t getting you many auditions. You have SO MANY THINGS TO LEARN. Do that, be patient, do it because you love it, do what’s necessary step-by-step AND enjoy the journey.

Begin an acting career the right way.

9. Trying to save money on the wrong things: If you think that you can get something worthwhile in this world for nothing, then please tell me so that I can get it too. People have accused me of being a scam artist, because I charge $37/month for The Acting Career Quick Start Home-Study Course. What they are really communicating to me is immaturity and a lack of understanding of how the world works. Why should I give away a great course that it took me a year to build and that has step-by-step instruction with videos (a total of more than 40 hours), mp3 files of all the weekly videos, downloadable materials, 4 bonus products, 5 more surprise bonuses, coaching calls monthly that are personalized, email support and a headshot and marketing evaluation in which I give you my advice on how you can best market yourself? If you look at the presentation page and videos and read what’s in the program, do just a little research on clickbank.com, the platform on which the course is hosted, have a look at http://www.actingcareerquickstart.com , http://www.actingcareerstartup.com and the Acting Career Start Up Facebook page (all three created and maintained by Anthony Smith, who clearly demonstrates his true and honest desire to help anyone who wants to start an acting career quickly) AND if you have any ability at all to perceive the communication intention of others, then you can see that this program is perfectly legitimate.

I give this example to say that, wanting to save money and spend your money wisely is a good thing and you should by all means do that, BUT save where it makes sense. If you really want to start an acting career for example, you might or might not want to invest in The Acting Career Quick Start Home-Study Course (which, by the way is an investment over 6 months of $1.23 per day!). Whether you do or you don’t MAKE SURE YOU GET ALL THAT SAME INFORMATION SOMEWHERE! …AND ALL IN ONE PLACE LIKE I GIVE IT TO YOU AND WITH THE SAME MENTORING SUPPORT.

10. In general, having an unrealistic view of what it takes to start an acting career will have you waste a whole lot of money doing the wrong things at the wrong time and in the wrong way. Don’t do that to yourself.

If you need help getting your acting career started, I’m here http://www.actingcareerquickstart.com/ACQSSales.html

Whatever you decide, just make sure you get the information you need, all in one place so that you can finally start having the kind of acting career you really want.




How to start acting

I know that some of you guys on this mailing list are on vacation now.

Others have informed me that they are involved in 5 or 6 week intensive acting classes.

And still others…unfortunately are beating their heads against the wall, trying desperately to figure out how the heck to start getting some auditions and some acting work!

If you happen to be in the last category, here is some friendly advice from yours truly. If you have been trying to get your acting career going and haven’t had any luck, then I strongly advise you to try these three things immediately.

1. Sit down and write down the specific things you have been doing and actions you have been taking to start your acting career.

2. Sort the things on your list into two categories:

a. what is working

b. what is not working

3. Stop doing the things that are not working.

4. Start doing more of the things that are working.

5. If nothing that you have been trying is working, or the things that are working aren’t really making a big difference, then ask yourself a very important question.

What am I willing to do to get my acting career off the ground…finally?

6. Write down your answer to that question and hang it up someplace where you will always see it and keep it as a constant reminder.

7. Do it!

If all else fails, then get yourself some help, someone who really knows how to help you. My program, The First and Only Acting Career Quick Start Home-Study Course will guide you through the entire process of starting your acting career with step-by-step video instruction, downloadable materials, email support, personal one-to-one coaching calls each month, a free headshot evaluation and more.

But, if for some reason you don’t want to take my course, then I advise you to get that SAME INFORMATION and in the SAME WAY from someone else, like a good mentor can give you.

If you have any questions, just let me know. I’m here to help!
Just use the Contact Us button on http://www.actingcareerquickstart.com