Which group of aspiring actors do you belong to?

I recently sent out a series of emails in which I offered some advice about how
to make some extra money to fund an acting career. There were lots of responses
from basically four different groups of people.

Here below you will find a description of those four groups and then further down the page you’ll find some comments about each one.

1. People who want something that’s going to be easy and that will make
them a lot of money quickly and or help them get discovered as quickly as
possible by someone who will give them a break, that “one chance”.
2. Teenagers who are still living at home with their parents and who are
not independent enough to decide on their own or to invest money.
3. People who would be willing to try something to make some extra money
as long as it doesn’t cost anything to get started.
4. People who are looking for information on how to start their acting careers
and about how to get the money they need to get started and who are
taking a realistic approach
to go about it.

Some friendly advice

Before I speak further about money or starting an acting career, here is a little
fatherly, brotherly or just plain friendly advice for the folks that are part of those
groups I mentioned above.

Believe me when I say that I know how it is when you want something and don’t
have the money to get it, but my advice to you is to have realistic expectations.
Most things in the world we live in that are worth having will cost at least
something. If you want to start an acting career for example and you have been trying for a
while to get someone to teach you for free how to get started or to teach you how
to make money or to help you meet a casting director or an agent
then you already know that going down that road isn’t getting you
very far. How do I know that? Because if it had you wouldn’t be reading this now.
The other thing worth mentioning is that anything worth having takes hard work
and perseverance to get.

Now here are some comments for the people in each of the groups.

Group 1: Anthony Smith and ActingCareerQuickStart.com are not for you. I’m
looking to build success stories and help people get their careers started. I want to
work with people who are willing to do what’s necessary and work hard. Please
don’t expect freebies from me and don’t expect me to introduce you to agents or
casting directors, get you auditions or give you the entire course for free. Doing
that would be a big mistake, because that’s not how life works. Things just don’t
work that way

There is a saying I really like: “You get what you pay for.” If you get something for
free, then don’t expect it to be all that great.

Group 2: If you are a teen still living at home or if you are dependent upon
someone else and cannot make decisions on your own, you have two choices the
way I see it. You can either get your parents involved to support you in what you
want to do or you can use my free-informational website ActingCareerStartUp.com.
It has literally hundreds of pages of information on it that is all free. The only thing
is that it doesn’t put things in order for you and walk you through the process
step-by-step like the home-study course does. If you really want it, you will take the time
to go through that information and understand it.

Group 3: I don’t know of any programs that can help you to make money that don’t cost at least something to get started. Yes you may have heard that you can
make money using facebook and that’s true, but you have to know how to do it. Whoever
teaches you that will ask you for some money. Both the systems I used to get two of
my money-making websites started cost me money to start. For one of them I have
to pay $300 per year just to maintain it. For the other I paid a lot more than that.
But on both of them I make much more than that off my sites so that the return on
my investment is well worth the while. ROI or return on investment is a concept
that you need to understand before you get started.

That’s why that whatever you spend money on to learn something in reality shouldn’t cost you anything. Why? Because you will get your money back by applying what you learn. If you don’t apply what you learn from any training course you take, your costs will be high and you will be just throwing money away or wasting it. That makes no sense.

Group 4: If you belong to this group and really and truly want to start your acting
career, then stick with it and don’t give up. You have the right attitude. Even if you
decide not to take my home-study course, because you have a viable alternative
to help you start your acting career quickly, I’m confident that you will find your way by getting that information somewhere and somehow. Whether you get it from me or not, you will inevitably need it to get a successful start to your acting career. So hang in there!

The next step for you

So, now that I have let off a little steam, I want to inform you of the option you have
of either staying on this list or by going down to the bottom of the page of this mail
and clicking on the ‘manage your subscription’ link and taking yourself off the list. I
say this for your own good. There’s no sense in wasting your time hoping that a
miracle will happen. That’s not what I promote here. I promote a program that I know works for serious people with serious intentions and I get great satisfaction in
working with people who are willing to work hard to get what they want.

If that’s you, then maybe we’re made for each other, so stick around and I’ll show
you how to get your acting career started.

Pursuing an acting career: Getting past the loneliness

Pursuing an acting career can be lonely, especially if you live in a place where there are not so many others interested in the same thing. Here are several suggestions that might help you to overcome being so lonely.

1. Look for forums where other actors hang out. Start a thread and see what happens. Yes it’s only virtual contact, but maybe it’s better than nothing.

2. If you know someone, even if they don’t live in your town, you might be able to bounce some ideas off of them. Again it’s virtual, but at least it’s something.

3. People in your acting classes can be a good source of companionship. If you are anything like me, you don’t always make friends with everyone you run into. But I always find at least one person in classes that I like hanging around.

4. What I always encourage people to do who are pursuing an acting career is to create their own projects. Write your own story and get somebody to film it for you. Find another actor or two to participate in the project. This is perhaps one of the absolute best ways to find companionship and make some new actor friends. The good thing about this is that you can “cast” who you want to work with. If you need help finding other actors, acting teachers and schools can help with that.

5. If you are not in acting classes at the moment, maybe there are some industry events or seminars you might want to participate in. Another great place to meet others.

6. If you don’t want to organize your own film or stage project, look for others who might want to. Tell them you are available and ask if they will write a part just for you. Encourage others to do the same thing.

7. Start a “lonely actors club” that meets, say, once per week. Start projects. Do acting exercises together. Even just meet and go to dinner.

The other thing about classes is that you have to do scenes. To do scenes you have to rehearse, so there was always some kind of contact with at least one other actor. The only thing about that is, that your scene partner isn’t always someone you want to hang around, but at least you’re not completely left alone.

Some of the things I mentioned might work for you if you are pursuing an acting career and some might not. In the end, my personal opinion is that we have to reach out a little and then things start to come our way.

If you are feeling lonely, hang in there!  Keep your head up. Do the work you need to do in the home-study course and before you know it, you will have a lot more company!

Tony

Mailings to Casting Directors & Talent Agents

Stuffing envelopes is easy when doing
mailings to talent agents and casting directors.

How many times have I heard it?

“I sent out my headshots and resume to five agents. Two months have passes and still haven’t heard anything yet! What should I do?”

Here’s my answer to that question.

Stuffing envelopes 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.”

Change your mentality, do the right things, which is 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.

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

  • What are you trying to achieve by sending out those mailings?
  • What is your type?
  • Is your package “lined up?” Is it 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?

Besides the questions I listed above, there are so many other questions that new actors need to be able to answer and can’t.

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 through them step-by-step and show you on video exactly each and every step you need to take to make sure your mailings are a success.

That’s just one of the many reason I tell potential students that if you follow my advice, the things you learn in this course with me and other industry professionals you’ll find there, you should 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, I’m here.

www.actingcareerquickstart.com/ACQSales.html

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

Tony

Can I still get discovered if I don’t take acting classes?

Question:

I love acting and have always be a natural at it. I’ve never taken any classes because I didn’t think it is necessary. Will I still be able to get discovered and get an agent?

ANSWER:

Here is something you should know. The acting industry is full of competition. It’s really unbelievable how many people want to become actors. I’m sorry to say that most of those people either believe that they have what it takes, that they are just natural talents or they believe that they will somehow “get discovered”. Others wrongly think that the first steps to starting an acting career are to get a headshot and an agent and that things will be easy after that.

The one sure way to eliminate most of the competition is to work harder than they do. Why? Because most people aren’t willing to do what’s necessary to be successful.

Know that if you want to get discovered, you have to make it happen. It doesn’t happen by itself. The more prepared you are, the more likely it is to happen.

Here are two videos I think you should watch:

Sign up to watch:
The top 10 reasons why most aspiring actors never make it:
http://www.actingcareerstartup.com/an-acting-career.html

The second video is the biggest secret I learned while sitting outside
an audition that helped me to get 8 acting jobs in less than 10 weeks.
www.actingcareerquickstart.com

I hope that helps.

Should I go to LA to start acting?

Question:
Should I go to LA to start my acting career? Do you think it’s a good idea?

ANSWER:

I suggest you go to LA if you are really ready to go there and know what to expect, otherwise I would say stay where you are, study acting, get some experience, build your resume, put some money aside, put together your career plan and then go. Sounds like a lot and maybe it’s not what you want to hear Corey, but know this. There are so many people who go to LA to pursue an acting career and then never end up making it, because they weren’t prepared. Then they end up doing something completely different.

This is my advice, starting at the top, starting with the best-quality advice I can give you and working down from there.

1. Invest in my brand new Acting Career Quick Start Home-Study Course. It’s the first of its kind. Never been done. It literally walks you through the steps of starting an acting career with weekly videos. Go watch the presentation.
www.actingcareerquickstart.com

2. My book: Acting Career Start Up: Four Key Factors For Success
www.actingcareerstartup.com/start_acting_career.html

3. Start doing research around starting an acting career. This is free information on my website:
www.actingcareerstartup.com/acting-career-research.html

4. Here is more free information about planning your trip to LA:
www.actingcareerstartup.com/acting_classes_in_the_usa.html

www.actingcarerstartup.com has hundreds of pages of free information, but it’s not structured in steps. If you know what information you are looking for, you can look for it and go get it and then leave. If you really want to have a chance at success, you will need something structured like what I listed in point number 1.

Whatever you do, make sure that you have a structured plan before you start. Know this. The harder you work to get started, the less competition you will end up having. Why? Because most people want to take the easy route. They don’t want to study, market themselves and do all the things that are necessary. They just want to “get discovered”. If you work hard and do the things they are not willing to do, you will eliminate them from your competition. It’s that simple.

It’s up to you. Thanks again and tell your friends about us!

Good luck!

Wanna get discovered?

Hi this is Tony, creator of ActingCareerStartUp.com.

“I wanna get discovered!” is one of the things I hear most often from young, aspiring actors and even older ones. The problem is that most people try and do that by navigating on the Internet and asking people, “Where can I find auditions?” or “Can somebody introduce me to an agent?” Usually that doesn’t get them anywhere. Aside from the experience I have starting an acting career, I also know the acting industry and the acting business. And I know it takes a lot more than that.

That’s why I created something that literally takes you by the hand and walks you through the process of starting an acting career and learning how to get discovered step-by-step.

Check it out!

Tony
Fellow Actor
and Creator of
ActingCareerStartUp.com
and
ActingCareerQuickStart.com

Starting an acting career

One of my website visitors to ActingCareerStartUp.com, a 20 year old young man from LA wrote to me to tell me that he read my book, he has read through my site, receive my regular emails and read both my blogs and after that he was hungry for even more help to start his acting career. He said he was hoping that I would come up with something that would take the help I was giving him to the next level. And… I did.

Check it out!

Tony
Fellow Actor and
founder of
ActingCareerStartUp.com
and
ActingCareerQuickStart.com

Advice for mothers of child actors

QUESTION: Do have advice for the mothers of child actors?

ANSWER:

The more I do what I’m doing here on ActingCareerStartUp.com, the more I realize that these young kids who come here to visit need the support of their parents. That’s one of the reasons why I put together pages like these:
http://www.actingcareerstartup.com/child-actor.html
http://www.actingcareerstartup.com/acting-career-research.html

I am just about finished building a home study program in which I will walk new actors and their parents through the steps I believe are necessary to be successful. It will be ready soon. If you agree, I will put you on the list so you can see what it is like.

Also, you might find these two video interviews helpful that I did with a youth talent agent and a teen acting teacher, both in Hollywood:

http://www.actingcareerstartup.com/youth-talent-agent.html
http://www.actingcareerstartup.com/young-actor%27s-studio.html

And finally, have a look at this page:
http://www.actingcareerstartup.com/how_to_become_an_actor.html

I hope this helps. Would love to know how and if this information is helpful to you and/or what other type of information you would find helpful. Thank you and good luck with your child actor!

What should I be doing to start my acting career?

QUESTION:

What advice can you give me with regard to starting my acting career to make sure of having a good chance of succeeding?

ANSWER:

My best advice is that you do research, so that you really and truly understand what you are getting yourself into. Start here.

http://www.actingcareerstartup.com/acting-career-research.html

I’ve been answering this question for the last three years and I realized that the best possible answer I could give is what I have just created. It’s a home-study course that goes over 24 weeks and that, with videos of me explaining and showing new actors EXACTLY what they need to do and EXACTLY HOW TO DO IT. It is designed to have people already working as actors even before the course is finished. It will be ready in about two weeks. I’ll put you on the list so that you know when it’s ready.

I hope this has helped you.

Acting in New Zealand

QUESTION:

How can I become an actress in New Zealand? There aren’t very many opportunities here like in America…

ANSWER:

1. I don’t have a page yet on my site yet about talent agencies in New Zealand, but if you do a search for “talent agencies in new zealand” I found some that you could check out. Such as this one for example: http://www.talento.co.nz/ I don’t know it, never heard of it, but it’s a start. Do the search and you will find more. I will put together a page for New Zealanders soon!

2. My top 5 for what I look for in someone who says they want to be an actor?
a. presence and personality: I look for someone who pops out at me, which doesn’t necessarily mean they have to be bubbly, but they have something special that I don’t normally see and that I think would be “interesting” to see on film or on camera”.

b. passion: I want to work with someone who wants to be an actor, not because they want to be famous, not because they want to make a lot of money, but because they really and truely love acting and can’t imagine doing anything else.

c. some base talent: to become an actor, you don’t have to know how to act right away, but you have to have some base talent. As they say, you can’t squeeze blood out of a turnip. You can’t make an actor out of someone who doesn’t have what it takes.

d. someone who is teachable: that means someone who is humble, who takes feedback, takes direction and applies what they are told without rebuttle.

e. if the person is under age 18, then they must have the support of their parents. That’s critical, because without their support, it will be virtually impossible to have a career.

3. Agents typically look for actors to fill holes in their client base and also actors who can give them what they want, which is to help them make money. The more you can book work off of auditions they send you out for, the happier they are. That’s the most important thing for an agent. You can have your own opinion, but they will send you out for jobs/auditions where the description fits your profile and look. That’s how it works.

Look at these two interviews, one on video and the other to read:
http://www.actingcareerstartup.com/youth-talent-agent.html
http://www.actingcareerstartup.com/talent-agent.html

4. I would recommend having a professionally done headshot taken, when you are ready. I always suggest that you should first be taking acting classes before you think about getting an agent. If you would get an agent and don’t know how to act, then how can you think that you will be able to beat out your competition? Looks are one thing. Knowing how to act and feeling comfortable in front of the camera or on stage is another. You need to know how to do that first. And when you know how to act, then you will be able to take a better headshot, because your training will have taught you how to “take command” of the camera.

So don’t spend the $200 just yet until you are ready. I agree with mom on this one.

http://www.actingcareerstartup.com/actor-headshot.html

5. Yes, unfortunately there are a lot of scams out there and you must be careful. One thing you should do is beware of people who say they will make you a star. Or people who tell you they will be your agent if you just pay them first or take one of their classes. Usually that’s a bunch of bull. Agents get 10% of what you make AFTER you do the job. They get paid and give you 90% of what the job paid. That’s the way it works.

One of the best ways to avoid scams is to be knowledgeable. My website is a great start, because it has literally hundreds of pages of information. Use it. It’s all free.

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

6. With regard to dressing for auditions, it depends. If they audition is for a casting director, then you might want to wear something that will help you be remembered for that part you are auditioning for.
If you are interviewing/auditioning for an agent, then just wear something that is comfortable and be yourself. Don’t try to impress. Just be yourself.
That’s all they want to see.

7. You also said something that touched a chord in me. You said that since you and mom live alone together, that $200 is a little much to spend right now. I totally understand. Tell you mom to have a look at this page on this website link:
http://videotour.sitesell.com/AnthonyLee.html

It is a great, honest website that helps you to turn a passion into an online business and work from home. I’m doing it. It’s NOT about getting rich. It’s about making money in an honest way by helping others. Sort of like what I’m doing right now.

You seemed very determined young lady to become an actress one day. If that’s what you want, then I wish that for you and wish you the best of luck! Keep mom close and have her read this mail too. Remember that the more she knows about all this and the more information you can help her to have, the more she will be able to help you.

Very soon I will have a new home study course in which I will walk people through the steps to starting an acting career. Each week I will be on video for you and you will have downloadable course materials and everything. It is a course to DO and not just to watch. I’ll put you on the mailing list so you will know when it’s ready.

Good luck to you and mom and let me know if you have any other questions!