Get me a talent agent!

Get me a talent agent!

That’s what a young man wrote to me a few days ago. Here below you will find my answer to his…request.
The young man’s name I have changed. So let’s just call him…Roger.

It doesn’t work that way Roger. It’s not that easy.

You are asking someone to get you an agent and you haven’t even introduced yourself!
I have no idea who you are, what you look like, what kind if any, acting skills and experience you have, where you live. I haven’t seen any of your acting work, don’t know if you have taken any classes. I know nothing.
If this is your strategy, to try and get people to introduce you to an agent in this way, you are going down the wrong road. It’s not a winning strategy at all.
No one actor who is intelligent will introduce you to an agent if they have no idea who you are and above all, if they have never seen your work as an actor. Why would they? They risk putting their credibility and integrity on the line for someone they don’t even know.

Just imagine if the actor who you ask to introduce you has built a good relationship with his agent over the years, introduces another actor to their agent and that other actor turns out to be a flop. What do you think the agent will think? It doesn’t make sense and no one will do that for you Roger. No actor who is intelligent would take that risk. If you find that concept difficult to understand, just try and put yourself in their shoes. If you were an established actor, would you introduce someone you don’t even know to your agent?

If you really want an agent, then do it the right way and build from the ground up. Present yourself correctly. Tell who you are, what experience you have and show some videos of your work.

I might be wrong, but in my 9 years of experience helping actors get their acting careers started, I find that people who send messages like the one you sent to me “Get me an agent.”, usually have no experience at all, have never taken any acting classes and just want to be an actor, because they think it would be a cool thing to do and want to be famous. I hope that is not your case.

If you don’t like what I said and want to try the easy route anyway, then have a look at this page. It tells you all the steps on how to get an agent, but if you don’t have the basis, then it won’t work Roger. But…you can try.
http://www.actingcareerstartup.com/get-a-talent-agent.html

http://actingcareerquickstart.com/get-a-talent-agent.html

Starting an acting career and keeping it going is hard work. You need to be passionate and be willing to do what is necessary. If you don’t know what steps to take, then my Acting Career Quick Start Home-Study Course can help. It will walk you through all the steps. It will be like having a mentor, someone to help you who really wants you to succeed.

So, at this point if you have been trying to get your acting career started and what you are trying isn’t working, then you have two choices. Either continue to do what you have been doing or get someone to help you who knows what they are doing and can help you start getting auditions regularly and also acting jobs.

Good luck!

Tony

Dear John, letter to an aspiring actor

QUESTION:

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

TONY’S ANSWER:

Dear John,

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

What’s more important? Passion or interest?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE RIGHT REASONS?

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

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

IF YOU WERE MY BROTHER

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

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

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

I’m here if you have anymore questions.

Tony

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

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

Is The Acting Career Quick Start Program good in countries outside the US?

“Is this Home-Study Course good in markets and countries outside the United States?”

The Acting Career Quick Start Home Study Course is also good and 100% applicable in other countries around the world. You see, there are certain things that are common to all actors no matter where you live. Of the 24 weeks of video and course material, there are 2 weeks where a PART of them are specific to the USA and some of the other countries in the world where the acting industry is flourishing.

They are:

1. Actor Unions: When we talk about actor unions. The course focuses mainly on the major unions in the US, Canada, UK and Australia. At the same time, however, this is an area that can be easily adapted to your market. In this case you would take what you learned and go and apply that to the unions in your market.

2. Trade Papers and Online Resources: The other section that is more specific to some of those countries listed here above is the part about trade papers and online resources, which is in module 2. Again, this info represents only a part of that week’s video and would then need to be tailored to one’s own market.

With regard to the rest of the material, as I said before it is 100% applicable to the different markets around the world. Having said that, there might be some subtleties that need to be adapted, but by and large the Home-Study Course is for actors all over the world.

Let me know if you are interested. I currently have the 30% off promotion running.
When that part fills up, I’ll turn it back to the regular offer only.

I’m here if you have questions.

Tony

7 Things to do before you go to New York or LA to start your acting career

What to do before you go to New York or LA to start your acting career

QUESTION: Should I go to New York to start my acting career?
I live in Virginia and I am about to attend an acting school here but I’m not sure it would be better to just go to New York to really improve my craft and then go to LA or should I just take classes here and then go to LA?

TONY’S ANSWER:

See below a list of 7 things you will want to do before you go to New York or LA to start your acting career.

But before I show you the list let me preface it first. I would take classes where you are first. Get your financial situation squared away, which means get some money saved up and see if you can get at least one stream of passive income going. Start getting some experience also there in Virginia where you live. Here are some things you can do if you live in a place other than New York or LA:
http://www.actingcareerstartup.com/how_to_become_an_actor.html
Get some experience, so that when you do finally move, you will feel more comfortable in auditions.

So my advice is: Don’t go yet. When you do decide, you will base your decision on what kind of actor you want to become. If you are in love with theatre acting then New York is the place to be. If on the other hand you want television and film acting, then Los Angeles will have more opportunities. However, going to NY doesn’t mean you can do television and film just as going to LA doesn’t mean you can’t do theatre. But still, my recommendation would be to stay where you are for the moment and follow the 7 things you see listed here below.

Another thing you should do is to learn about the acting business BEFORE you go to New York or LA. Why is this so important? Because first of all, if you play your cards right, you will already have contacts and agents and casting directors who already know who you are before you arrive and who will be expecting to see you. That’s something that 99% of the people don’t know how to do. It’s one of the things I hammer away at in the home-study course.

Here are 7 things you need to consider before moving to New York or LA to start your acting career:

1) take classes where you are to start understanding what acting is all about and getting some experience. There are lots of benefits to taking acting classes. Don’t think that you can go to LA, the Olympics of acting and think that you can get by just because “you think you can make it”. You won’t. Learn the craft. Get in classes and stay there forever. The best Hollywood actors continue to hone their craft. Why shouldn’t you?

2) learn how to audition. There are audition technique classes you can take as well. Lot’s of people make the mistake of thinking that auditioning and acting are one in the same. They are similar, but not the same. Auditioning is like the serve in tennis and acting on set or on stage is like the volley. You need to know how to serve in order to get to the volley. They are two different actions that you need to know how to do in order to be a good tennis player. Being good at serving doesn’t necessarily mean you will be a good tennis player, nor does being good at volleying. You need to know how to do both! Here are some tips on how to handle the audition situation. What you won’t find in that link are things like how to break down a scene, how to learn the beats of the scene, making choices, ecc. You need to know those things and you can get them in audition technique classes. We cover those things too in The Acting Career Quick Start Home-Study Course.

3) start saving up some money. Figure that you will need a year’s worth of living expenses before you go to New York. You don’t want to get there and have to work full time in a job that doesn’t leave you time to focus on your acting career and go out and audition. If you’re going to do that, you might as well stay where you are. In the home-study course, I talk about budgeting. There is an entire module dedicated to budgeting properly and finding extra money “laying around” that you didn’t realize you had.
Here is some advice about that as well:
Usually done by those who want to start an acting career and think they know it all: 10 ways to waste money at the beginning of your acting career

Again, we spend an extensive module in The Home-Study Course talking about budgeting and where you can find the extra money you need to fund your acting career.

4) try and get at least one stream of passive or residual income set up before you go to New York. This will give you more freedom when you get there. In other words, you will have money saved up like we said before in point number 3, plus you will have a stream of money coming in that all you have to do is do some light work (a few hours per week on your own schedule) to maintain. In the home-study course I teach different ways that you can do that, which aren’t as difficult as you might think. It takes time and effort, but it is doable and some of my students are doing it and so am I, so I know it is possible. You just have to know how to do it. I spend a couple of modules working on that too.

5) Learn the business of acting before you go. Know what to expect when you get to New York. Build relationships before you go. Learn the beat. Know what a typical day will look like for you if you have the freedom to not have to work. Know what you will be doing each day to work on your career and get it started and how to do it.

6) Do your homework about the city you want to go to work in. Do thorough research about:

    the landscape of the acting market in the city
    who the players are
    living expenses
    acting career associated costs
    getting around
    timing for auditions
    the overall feel of the city
    and more

I also cover this very thoroughly in one of the 24 modules of The Acting Career Quick Start Home-Study Course. It is essential information to know before you go. One of the reasons why many actors who move from their town to New York or LA never end up making it is because they didn’t do their homework FIRST. They get to the city and didn’t realize what they were getting themselves into. The result, they end up finding a job that has nothing to do with acting and then end up giving up their acting career dream or they go back home and say to themselves, “well, I tried”. It doesn’t have to be that way!

7) One thing I will add here is that it is necessary to not feel alone. That means that you will want to surround yourself with people who have similar goals. Someone who has a difficult time dragging himself to the gym will have an easier time and it will be more fun if he has a workout partner who will help him, motivate him and from whom he can learn tips and techniques from, with whom he can share ideas and so on. For an actor it is the same. A guy named Ben asked me a question about this some time ago.

Wes Cantrell is an Acting Career Quick Start Home-Study Course graduate who did all the things I mentioned above. It is possible, but it is easier if you have guidance, otherwise figuring it all out for yourself can be challenging. Wes is the first one on the list of people you see here on this page:
http://www.actingcareerquickstart.com/Acting_Career_Quick_Start_Testimonials.html

I hope that answers your question.

If you need me to help you figure out what to do before you move to New York or LA to start your acting career, I’m here. If you want to figure it out by yourself, then by all means that is your prerogative, but don’t take too long. Time is passing you by and I would hate for you to miss out on fulfilling your dream!

A question about voice over acting

A Question about Voice Over Acting

I’m looking into doing some voiceover acting as well. Is that side of showbiz any different than the film/TV acting business? And can I apply your home study
course to the voiceover acting business? Do you go over voiceover work in the course?

Tony’s Answer

Yes, VO (voice over) acting is a little different.
Your acting skills that you learn in classes will certainly help you, but you also must be a very good and flawless aloud reader of text, so good in fact that you can actually interpret the text in the intonation of your voice while you read.

A question about voice over acting: Voice over auditions

Often times you will be in a booth with earphones on. For auditions they will give you some text to read. They’ll expect you to knock it out of the park on the first read. Might give you then some additional takes as you would have in acting auditions, but what’s really important is the capability to read and interpret text flawlessly.

Question about voice over acting: Is it covered in the Home-Study Course?

The home-study course will definitely apply to vo acting as well, since the business principles and applications are the same. I don’t go into vo acting in depth although I do cover it briefly, but then again, given that the the course is business driven, it is entirely applicable to vo acting as well.

Hope that answers your question.

Tony
http://www.actingcareerquickstart.com/ACQSPresentation.html

Acting Career Question (S) and Testimonial

An acting career question (s) and some feedback from a brand new student the acting career quick start home-study course Here name is Darlene.

Hello Tony,

So I’m very excited that I joined your program. I just saw your 1st video
and I’m growing to trusting you more and I love the vast amount of
information you gave. You seriously kept it real!! I appreciate that a
lot. It did hurt to hear the part about the beginning years of acting (pay
rate wise), but I’m gonna keep pushing forward to my dream.

ACTING CAREER QUESTION 1

OK now to my questions, you mentioned about being surrounded by people who’ve
been working in acting, but I really don’t know anybody. I’m a young woman from
Harlem, New York and not many people here in the “hood” are thinking about the
acting world, but more so the hustling world. So what should? How do I
get connected to other actors?

I RECOMMEND GOING TO HANG OUT AT PLACES WHERE THERE ARE OTHER ACTORS. HERE ON THIS PAGE LINK, THERE ARE 26 PLACES WHERE YOU CAN FIND OTHER ACTORS: http://actingcareerquickstart.com/actor_hangouts.html

ACTING CAREER QUESTION 2

Second question, I just started taking classes on-camera commercial classes and in 2weeks we get to audition in front of 2 other casting directors. I’m in the process of getting my pics done, do you believe in character shots?
YOU NEED TWO HEADSHOTS AND A REALLY GOOD HEADSHOT PHOTOGRAPHER SHOULD KNOW THIS, IF THEY DON’T THEN STAY AWAY FROM THEM! YOU NEED A LEGIT SHOT AND A COMMERCIAL SHOT. THAT’S IT.
IN THE ACTING CAREER QUICK START COURSE YOU WILL GET SOME GREAT ADVICE ABOUT HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST HEADSHOT PHOTOGRAPHER, HOW TO ENSURE YOU GET THE BEST SHOTS POSSIBLE AND QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR HEADSHOT PHOTOGRAPHER BEFORE THE SHOOT TO MAKE SURE HE/SHE KNOWS WHAT THEY ARE DOING!

HERE IS A GREAT STORY ABOUT ONE OF MY STUDENTS IN THE HOME-STUDY COURSE. LOOK AT HER BEFORE AND AFTER PICTURES AND ABOVE ALL, WHAT SHE WAS ABLE TO DO ONCE SHE FINALLY REALIZED THE POWER OF GREAT HEADSHOTS:
http://actingcareerquickstart.com/actor_headshots.html

ACTING CAREER QUESTION 3

And how do I ace this audition? YOU NEED IMPROVISATIONAL TRAINING TO DO WELL IN COMMERCIAL AUDITIONS. YOU ALSO NEED TO BE ABLE TO READ COMMERCIAL COPY AND BE AS NATURAL AS YOU CAN, JUST LIKE AN EVERYDAY PERSON. WE TALK ABOUT THAT LATER IN THE COURSE AS WELL.

ACTING CAREER QUESTION 4

Also, should I get into SAG-AFTRA knowing I only have acting experience from my church.
NO. I DON’T RECOMMEND TRYING TO GET INTO SAG. YOU WOULD BE COMPETING WITH OTHER, SEASONED ACTORS AND THAT AUTOMATICALLY TAKES YOU OUT OF THE RUNNING FOR NON-UNION JOBS. IT’S CRAZY FOR YOU TO GET INTO SAG NOW WITH NO EXPERIENCE. IT MAKES NO SENSE. YOU HAVEN’T GOTTEN TO THAT PART OF THE COURSE YET. YOU WILL. BE PATIENT.
AGENTS AND UNION AFFILIATE IN THE USA AND IN DIFFERENT COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD IS HANDLED IN DEPTH IN THE HOME-STUDY COURSE. I TAKE YOU THROUGH ALL THE DO’S AND DON’TS WITH REGARD TO THE UNIONS, EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW.

ACTING CAREER QUESTION 5

Last question, I’m still working a 9am to 5pm job to payoff bills, past
school loans for business , current acting classes, what is your advice
for someone whose willing to commit to her dream, but knows she has to
take care of responsibilities and have not much support from my parents.

THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF THE HOME-STUDY COURSE THAT YOU WILL GET INTO WITHIN JUST THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS.
YOU NEED TO GET YOUR FINANCES TOGETHER DARLEEN. I RECOMMEND WORKING ON GETTING THAT SET UP AS WELL WHILE YOU ARE LEARNING THE REST OF THE THINGS IN THE COURSE AND TAKING CLASSES.

KEEP ON STUDYING THE BUSINESS OF ACTING DARLEEN. SO MANY PEOPLE BELIEVE THEY WILL JUST MAKE IT IF THEY GET A CHANCE. I STRESS THIS IN THE HOME-STUDY COURSE AS WELL. IF YOU REALLY WANT TO BE ABLE TO DEDICATE AS MUCH TIME AS POSSIBLE TO YOUR ACTING CAREER, THEN WORK ON GETTING YOUR FINANCES TOGETHER. IN THE COURSE WE WILL TALK ABOUT BUDGETING AND ALSO ABOUT SOME SPECIFIC THINGS YOU CAN DO TO START TO MAKE SOME PASSIVE INCOME OR TO USE ANY SKILLS YOU HAVE TO MAKE MONEY TO FUND YOUR CAREER ON YOUR OWN TIME AND ON YOUR OWN SCHEDULE.

YOU WILL SEE THAT ONCE YOU ARE REALLY INTO THE HEART OF THE COURSE, THAT YOU WILL HAVE ACCESS TO A LOT OF GREAT INFORMATION THAT WILL PROVIDE GREAT VALUE FOR YOU, BECAUSE YOU WILL KNOW HOW TO DO MANY MORE THINGS TO GET YOURSELF NOTICED THAN THE VAST MAJORITY OF ACTORS OUT THERE WHO HAVE NO CLUE (SORRY TO SAY THAT, BUT IT’S TRUE. LOT’S OF PEOPLE ARE LIVING FALSE DREAMS THAT WILL NEVER COME TRUE, SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING. MANY THINK THEY DO, BUT THEY DON’T. IF THEY WOULD JUST STOP AND ASK THEMSELVES WHY THEY AREN’T GETTING ANYWHERE NAVIGATING ON THE INTERNET TO LOOK FOR AUDITIONS, OR TRY TO FIND SOMEONE TO INTRODUCE THEM TO AN AGENT AND THINGS LIKE THAT, THEY WOULD UNDERSTAND THAT THEY NEED TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT IF THEY WANT DIFFERENT RESULTS, SUCH AS…LEARN THE BUSINESS OF ACTING.) IT WILL MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD.

THAT’S THE MAIN REASON WHY I BUILT THE ACTING CAREER QUICK START HOME-STUDY COURSE. THE TRUTH IS, I WISH I HAD ACCESS TO THIS KIND OF INFORMATION AND STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTION WHEN I FIRST BECAME INTERESTED IN ACTING. I WOULD HAVE SAVED A LOT OF TIME, EVEN THOUGH I GOT VERY GOOD RESULTS.

KEEP DOING WHAT YOU ARE DOING DARLEEN AND YOU WILL BE FINE.

I HOPE I ANSWERED YOUR QUESTIONS. SEE YOU LATER THIS MONTH IN YOUR FIRST MONTHLY COACHING CALL.

Thanks,

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.