Pareto and an acting career
(I have a suspicion that only those who are really serious about starting an acting career will read all the way to the end of this post.)
I don’t know if you have ever heard about the law of Pareto. Have you?
It basically says that 80% of the results we get in life, comes from 20% of the things we do, our actions. It’s the law of Pareto, often called the 80/20 rule. Let me explain further. I want to explain something and then I promise that I will get to your acting career. OK?
The 80/20 rule in my work
By now you probably already know that I used to work in Nike. I was the sales director for the Italian subsidiary. What we found was that 80% of our revenues (sales) came from just 20% of the products that we sold.
We also found that 80% of our business came from just 20% of our customers.
If you turn that around we would say that 80% or our products that we sold accounted for only 20% of our business. And guess what else? You got it: 80% of our customers accounted for only 20% of our overall revenues.
The 80/20 rule in life
This concept is very similar when it comes to managing our time, the time we invest to achieve the results we want, or rather, the time you invest to do something to get your acting career going.
Think about what your average day looks like and how much time you have a available to focus on your acting career.
The 80/20 rule and your acting career
The point to all this is, that very probably also for you, what you accomplish in 20% or so of the time you invest to further your acting career will get you 80% of the results. Let’s translate that into something more practical.
Lots of people decide to get something done to kick start their acting career. So what do they do? They set some time aside and sit down in front of the computer and go and visit audition websites to see if they can find auditions. Or they navigate the Net to see if they can find addresses to agents that might be able to represent them or try and find someone to introduce them to those agents. Or they put together a couple packages with a picture, a resume and a cover letter inside and send them to a couple of agents and then see what happens. Or they write to people on the internet and ask them to “give them a chance”, because they know they can be great actors. Or they just throw them into acting classes, any acting classes hoping that just being able to be a good actor will be enough to help them to get their acting careers to take off.
It’s the same ol’ thing, but maybe now it’s time to listen
If you have been receiving my emails and tips for a while now, this might sound repetitive, but what I explained above is what happens and I know that it is what does not work. Those who have been doing those things for any length of time know that it is a strategy of starting an acting career that is destined to fail.
Either commit or…
What I say is, either you commit to wanting to start an acting career and do what is necessary or don’t do it at all.
If you really want to start an acting career, then ask yourself this one question: “What is the most important thing that I can do right now that will help me to get the biggest result possible in my acting career?” That’s what you need to do now.
I said it once and I’ll say it again. Study the acting BUSINESS, learn it either from me or from someone else, but LEARN THE BUSINESS. Taking acting classes is ever so important and you must study the craft if you really want to have a career, but being a good actor will get you nowhere unless you know how to sell yourself to the industry. A store owner who has a beautiful store has nothing unless people come into the store and buy what he has to offer. He must know how to get people to come into the store. If not, he will not make money.
Acting is the same. Learn now, how to get into the right school that has the right classes for you, how to make sure you get really good headshots, how learn the techniques that will help you to get an agent or two to represent you, how to build relationships with casting directors so that they will call you in directly for auditions. Learn how to sell yourself and you will reap the rewards. If you learn how to do those things in addition to learning the acting craft, you will put yourself in a position to really have an acting career.
It’s what you do in 20% of your time, if you use that 20% wisely, that will bring you 80% of your start to your acting career, it’s what will make all the difference in the world!
So now, I have just one more question: What are you going to do now? If you don’t know where to learn the business of acting to help you finally get your acting career started, The Acting Career Quick Start Home-Study Course will have you on your “acting” feet in just a couple of months. It will help you to use that little bit of time you have available and get big results, long-lasting results.
Either keep doing what you are doing or try something different. It’s up to you.
If you need me, I’m here.