How long does it take to start an acting career?

Ever wonder how long it will take to start an acting career?

Some people say that it all depends if you can get into the right acting audition websites.

Some people will tell you that if you can get someone to introduce you to an agent, you’ll be all set.

Still others will tell you that if you can just get someone to give you that one chance, that you can make it.

Want the real truth? None of those things are true. The real answer of how long it will take to start an acting career has to do with your approach or the method you use. If your approach is the right one, you can get there a lot faster, which means getting a couple of agents to represent you, frequent auditions and regular acting work. On the other hand if you have the wrong approach, it can take you forever to get to where you want to be if you even get there at all. The graph below shows what I mean.

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Which one of these methods are you using to start your acting career?

Lots of Wasted Time and Energy

So many new actors waste a lot of time, energy, hope and money trying to figure things out for themselves. It’s a shame, because statistics say that they don’t get very far. As a matter of fact, anyone who has been trying to get an agent for a long time and hasn’t been able to get one or who has been trying desperately to pick up some auditions by submitting to websites with no success knows what I’m talking about.

The fastest way to get your acting career started

So just how long will it take for you to start your acting career? If you a REALLY good student who can pick up the right book, read it and apply everything that’s in it to get your desired results then great. You can get there faster than the person who tries to figure it all out for himself.

The best way to get the best results in any area of your life including starting an acting career is to find someone who will mentor you. That means finding a person who knows the business, who has already started getting acting work quickly (which is what all new actors want right?), who is able to teach you what you need to know, willing to teach you and who is also someone you can trust.

That’s what the fastest way to get your acting career started is all about: Step-by-step instruction on video with downloadable materials and presentations, personalized email support, monthly coaching calls, mp3 files of all the videos each week. I challenge anyone to find anything like it in the entire industry that you can do like this online and right from your home and no matter what country you are in.

The fastest way to get your acting career started

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?

11 Myths of starting an acting career

Starting an acting career: 11 myths

In addition, many, not all of those people on the left have unrealistic expectations. They think that:

Acting Career Myth #1
– all you have to do is get an agent and you will be set for life: The people who have been trying that for any amount of time already know that it doesn’t work.

Acting Career Myth #2
– all you have to do is get “that one chance” to act in a film and your career will take off: Same thing goes for this point.

Acting Career Myth #3
– all you have to do is to get into a situation in which you will “be discovered” and all will be well: Same thing goes for this point.

Acting Career Myth #4
– you don’t need to take acting classes, because you think you already “have what it takes” to become an actor. After all, everyone tells you that!: The best actors in the world continue to study the craft. Why shouldn’t a brand new actor do it?

Acting Career Myth #5
– you will be able to get all the information and know-how you need to start an acting career at ZERO COST, in other words, without paying anyone anything: Many of these people even believe that anyone who charges you money to give advice (acting career coaches for example) that they are scams.

Acting Career Myth #6
– if you don’t already live there, all you have to do is to show up in LA/Hollywood and things will start to happen for you: The acting business is called “show business” for a reason. It’s not called “show up” and it’s not called “show off”. It’s called show “business” for a reason. Simply being in LA or Hollywood puts you in the lion’s den. If you don’t know how to maneuver, you will be eaten alive!

Acting Career Myth #7
– all you really need in the way of headshots is to get a friend to take some pictures of them.: One of the biggest mistakes that new actors make is getting headshots too soon, before they are ready. As a consequence, the headshots are just plain bad, of poor quality and end up doing more damage than good. You have to know how to choose a headshot photographer. What makes a good headshot and how to make sure that you and your headshot photographer can get that for you!

Acting Career Myth #8
– the first thing to do to start an acting career is to get a headshot, write a quick cover letter and put together a resume, stuff it in an envelope and send it out to one, maybe two agents and then sit back and wait for the phone to ring: Again, those who have been trying that already know that it doesn’t work. It’s important to know what to put on the resume, how to format it, how to write the cover letter and also to know what to do after you have sent out that first package. There are at least 7 to 12 more things to do. You must know what they are. Lastly, it is a MUST to know what you can expect to get as a percentage of responses from your mailings. Here’s a hint: sending out two or three packages won’t get it!

Acting Career Myth #9
– all that is necessary to start an acting career is to be a good actor.: There are lots of good actors who never work, because they don’t know how to get seen by the right people. You MUST know that if you want to have a successful acting career.

Acting Career Myth #10
– if you don’t live in LA, for example, you will be able to just fly over there and back anytime you get an audition. Not true, but there are some things you can do if you don’t live there.

Acting Career Myth #11
– getting that first acting job, means that your acting career will be set for life!: If you believe that, then it means you don’t know what really to expect from your acting career nor do you know what day to day life for an actor trying to get work is. There are three things you need to do first before you start looking for an acting job.

In The Acting Career Quick Start Home-Study Course we go through all those things and more to help people get their acting careers started off in the right direction. If you believed in any of those 11 acting career myths…until now, then I invite you to reflect on this question. What are you going to do now?
You can change all that starting today.

Acting Question: College and an acting career

HI BARBARA,

THANK YOU FOR WRITING TO ME AND FOR TRUSTING THAT I MIGHT BE ABLE TO HELP YOU OUT.

SEE MY COMMENTS AMIDST YOUR LETTER ALL WRITTEN IN CAPITALS.

Hi Tony!

I have a question for you, I hope you can help me with this because i’m really desperate and confused.

I’m 19. I graduated from High School in 2011 and currently i’m not attending any schools. I really want to start an acting career, it’s been my passion since I can remember! But right now, i’m pretty discouraged because i’m not sure about going to college.

There’s one place i’d like to apply for, but auditions are held only in the fall, and if I get accepted, I would start my freshman year in the fall of 2015! But if I don’t get accepted I would have to wait another year to audition and then another year to start!!! That means I would be starting college at 21 or 22… I was wondering if that’s too late to start college…

WHAT COMES TO MIND HERE IS NOT TO PUT ALL YOUR EGGS IN ONE BASKET. JUST LIKE WHEN YOU CONTACT TALENT AGENTS AND CASTING DIRECTORS, IF YOU HOPE TO GET RESPONSES, YOU NEED TO CONTACT SEVERAL. IN THE ACTING INDUSTRY FOR EXAMPLE (AND THIS FIGURE I’M ABOUT TO GIVE YOU IS VERY MUCH UNIVERSAL), YOU CAN EXPECT TO HEAR BACK FROM 5% OF THE PEOPLE YOU CONTACT. NOW WHILE THE RESPONSE RATE WHEN APPLYING TO UNIVERSITIES MIGHT NOT BE SO LOW, THE CONCEPT IS THE SAME. IN THE ACTING FIELD, THAT’S WHY MANY PEOPLE DON’T GET RESPONSES. THEY CONTACT ONE OR TWO AGENTS THEN SIT BACK AND WAIT. TO GET TWO AGENTS, I CONTACTED 45. TO BUILD A RELATIONSHIP WITH THREE CASTING DIRECTORS WHO CALLED ME IN REGULARLY FOR AUDITIONS, I CONTACTED 52.

SO WHERE AM I GOING WITH THIS? AS MUCH AS YOU MIGHT WANT TO GO THAT SPECIFIC SCHOOL, THERE MUST BE OTHERS THAT ARE GOOD AND THAT WILL FULFILL YOUR NEEDS. SEEK THEM OUT AND APPLY. MAYBE ONE WILL ACCEPT YOU AND YOU CAN AT LEAST START YOUR COLLEGE CAREER AND THEN MAYBE TRANSFER LATER TO THE OTHER SCHOOL THAT YOU SO MUCH WANT TO ATTEND.

AND NO. 21 OR 22 YEARS OLD IS NOT TOO LATE TO START COLLEGE. I STARTED AT 24 AND FINISHED MY MASTER’S AT 30! FOR ME, IF YOU WERE MY DAUGHTER, I WOULD SAY TO MAKE THE MOST OUT OF THESE EARLY YEARS. DON’T JUST DO NOTHING (NOT SAYING THAT YOU ARE). ALWAYS DO SOMETHING THAT WILL HELP YOU TO LEARN. GET A JOB THAT WILL HELP YOU TO LEARN SOMETHING YOU WILL NEED AND NOT JUST ONE TO MAKE MONEY.

Here’s the other thing. Right now, my family don’t have much money, so I need to get a job in order to pay for my classes, but if I get a full-time job, that leaves me absolutely no time to attend acting and singing classes.

THIS IS ONE OF THE NUMBER ONE PROBLEMS THAT ACTORS FACE. HERE AGAIN, GET A JOB THAT WILL HELP YOU LEARN. I DON’T KNOW WHERE YOU LIVE, BUT FOR EXAMPLE IF YOU LIVE IN NEW YORK OR LA OR IN ANY CITY WHERE THERE ARE TALENT AGENCIES AND CASTING OFFICES, YOU COULD TRY AND GET A JOB IN ONE OF THOSE OFFICES. THAT WAY YOU CAN WORK, LEARN AND MAKE SOME MONEY TO TAKE CLASSES. ANOTHER THING YOU COULD DO IS TRY AND SEE IF YOU CAN DO A WORK STUDY PROGRAM AT THE ACTING SCHOOL OF YOUR CHOICE. MY ACTING TEACHER HAD STUDENTS WORK FOR HER AND IN RETURN THEY TOOK CLASSES. IF YOU CAN STAY AT HOME WITH YOUR PARENTS, GET A PART-TIME JOB IN A CASTING OFFICE AND WORK A FEW HOURS A DAY IN AN ACTING STUDIO AND TAKE CLASSES, THAT WOULD BE PERFECT.

IF NOT, THEN IF YOU REALLY NEED MONEY, THERE IS SOMETHING ELSE YOU COULD CONSIDER, BUT IT WILL TAKE A WHILE TO SET UP BEFORE YOU START MAKING MONEY AND THAT’S TO SET UP A MONEY-MAKING WEBSITE ONLINE. HERE’S MORE ON THAT.

http://www.actingcareerstartup.com/how-to-start-acting.html

I would really appreciate your advice. Do you think i’m too old to start my acting career?

NO, I DON’T THINK YOU ARE TOO OLD. How can I get acting jobs or get some acting experience? THE ABSOLUTE BEST ADVICE I CAN GIVE YOU IS TO TAKE MY ACTING CAREER QUICK START HOME-STUDY COURSE BARBARA. IT IS SO COMPLETE WITH OVER 40 HOURS OF VIDEO THAT YOU CAN ACCESS ANYTIME YOU WANT. IF YOU CONSIDER THE COST WHICH IS $222 OVER A SIX MONTH PERIOD OR A MERE $149 TO GET THE ENTIRE PROGRAM ALL AT ONCE, IT WILL GIVE YOU A WEALTH OF INFORMATION ABOUT THIS CAREER IN ACTING YOU WOULD LIKE TO PURSUE AND PUT YOU ON THE FAST TRACK TO MAKING SOMETHING HAPPEN.

http://actingcareerquickstart.com/acting_career/2013/10/too-old-to-start-an-acting-career/

OTHERWISE IF YOU WANT TO TRY THIS YOU CAN,
http://www.actingcareerstartup.com/how_to_become_an_actor.html
BUT THIS IS QUITE DIFFERENT FROM HAVING SOMEONE WALK YOU THROUGH EVERYTHING STEP-BY-STEP AND BE ABLE TO SEE AND TALK TO THAT PERSON EVERY MONTH ON SKYPE AND HAVE THEM ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS WHEN THEY POP UP.

Do you consider it is a MUST DO attending to college?
NO, BUT IF YOU WERE MY DAUGHTER I WOULD TELL YOU TO CONSIDER IT STRONGLY. ACTING IS A TOUGH BUSINESS AND ONLY VERY FEW REALLY MAKE IT. ONE OF THE MAIN REASONS THEY DON’T MAKE IT (AND WHEN I SAY MAKE IT, I MEAN JUST BEING ABLE TO MAKE A FULL-TIME LIVING FROM IT AND NOT BECOMING A STAR) IS BECAUSE THEY DON’T HAVE THE CHARACTER, THE PERSEVERANCE AND DRIVE NECESSARY. ANOTHER MAIN REASON THEY DON’T MAKE IT IS BECAUSE THE VAST MAJORITY DOESN’T TAKE TIME TO LEARN THE BUSINESS OF ACTING. THAT IN SOME WAYS CAN BE MORE IMPORTANT THAN JUST LEARNING HOW TO ACT, WHICH IS IMPORTANT, BUT IF YOU ARE A GOOD ACTOR AND DON’T KNOW HOW TO GET YOURSELF SEEN, THEN WHAT GOOD IS IT TO BE A GOOD ACTOR? RIGHT?

Or maybe is just enough taking some professional classes out of college?

FOR ME, WHAT’S IMPORTANT IS THAT YOU DO SOMETHING NOW. MAKE THE MOST OF THIS TIME AND MAKE YOUR CHOICES TODAY COUNT FOR SOMETHING TOMORROW. 

HERE’S THE LINK TO THE HOME-STUDY COURSE:
http://www.actingcareerquickstart.com/ACQSPresentation.html

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

Acting Career Teammates

Your acting career teammates

I recently got an email from a young lady who told me that she was thinking of getting a couple of mentors and she ask me what I thought. Here below you will find my answer:

ANSWER:

All you need is one good mentor, who will teach you the business of acting. That’s it.

You will also need some other people on your team though, all of whom can mentor you in their areas of competence. Your acting career teammates are:

* acting teacher: don’t take one on one training if you are just starting out. It’s better to get into a group environment. It will help you learn more than if you are working only with an acting coach alone. As you progress, you might need different kinds of acting teachers depending on what kind of actress you would like to bez and what you would like to specialize in.
* career coach (could also be your mentor, but they will cost you usually on the average $75 – $110 per hour)
* headshot photographer
* headshot retoucher
* reliable and good-quality headshot reproductions service
* webmaster
* reliable and good-quality actor reel production service
* talent agent (or agents)

Is it clear now how many acting career teammates you need and how many mentors you need?

Once again, all you need is one mentor to guide you through all those things and teach you how to get through all of them successfully and who will help you make sure you get them done so that you can not only become a good actor, but also make sure you learn the business and learn how to get seen and known by the right people (casting directors, agents, etc.)

Can you still make it if you don’t have all acting career teammates? Sure, but what we’re talking about here is helping you to increase the probability of your making it. The other thing to consider is that it also depends on what your definition is of “making it” as an actor. If for you it means just getting an occasional audition and being happy with that so you can tell your friends you got an extra part in a movie with a big star, then don’t waste your time on programs like mine. You don’t need it.

If on the other hand you want to build a successful career, then come see me, contact me and I will be your mentor, unless of course you find all the information that you will find in the home-study course for actors from a trustworthy source and all in one place AND in a step-by-step fashion AND with personalized coaching month to month. By the way, if you find a program like that, please let me know too!

I will guide you through everything from a-z including how to find the acting career teammates you need.

How to build an acting resume with no experience: 21 Questions

How to build an acting resume if you have no or little acting experience

21 Questions

If you want to know how to do that, there are some things you need to think about first. It could make sense to build an acting resume even if you don’t have any experience, BUT you need to think it through first.

Put together a longer-term plan and THEN start thinking about what you need to do. My experience tells me that if you have no acting experience that it is very unlikely that the first thing to think about is how to put together a resume.

Let’s say you have little or no acting experience and you insist on working to build a resume. The questions that I would then have for you would be:

1. Then what will you do with that actor resume of yours? Do you know who to send it to?
2. Do you know how to format it?
3. Do you know what else needs to accompany it and how it needs to be packaged to make sure you get the best chance for a good result?
4. Do you then know what to do if you don’t get a response?
5. Do you know what the average response rate is of sending out packages with resumes and actor headshots in them, especially if they are unsolicited?
6. Do you know how to follow up after sending a resume?
7. Do you know what the people you will send it to will be expecting of you?
8. Do you know what to expect from that first meeting with an agent or casting director?
9. Will you be ready for them to call you in?
10. Do you have any acting experience at all?
11. Have you taken any acting classes or at the very least, do you have a solid acting technique to fall back on?
12. Do you know how to audition and do you know that auditioning and acting are two different things?
13. If there isn’t much going on in the way of acting in your town, then who will you send your resume to?
14. You will undoubtedly then have to send that resume to someone in a town far from you. Are you prepared to fly over to that place to meet them? Are you willing and able financially to fly to meet them or to audition?
15. Are you aware of what the costs will be to fly for one audition?
16. Do you have the money to be able to do that?
17. What then if you get a call-back after the first audition? Will you be able to fly back again for that? Then what will you do if you get the job? If it’s a theatre job, it may last for weeks or maybe even months and the pay might not be that great. Will you be able to sustain that cost while working?
18. If it’s a commercial shoot, the shoot might only be a day or two. You’ll have to spend the night, eat, another flight. Will you be able to handle that?
19. If it is for a film, it depends on what kind of role you get. Chances are, with no experience you can hope for a cameo or an extra role at best, unless you are a true exception to the rule. In that case, it is very possible that your cost of flying there, hotel, food, etc. will far exceed what you will be paid for the shoot. Will you be able to handle that?
20. Do you have a plan for your acting career?
21. Do you know how to create a plan that you are likely to achieve?

The real question is really not whether you will be able to handle those costs and that kind of activity, but rather DOES IT REALLY MAKE SENSE? My answer to that question is NO.

Being hopeful is smart. Being ONLY hopeful is not!

That’s what a whole lot of people hope for. It’s wishful, short-term thinking. The thought process behind that is that all they need is a break and then everything will work out. It doesn’t work that way. The question you need to ask yourself is, do you want to get just one audition, one acting job of any kind or do you want to have a career and get acting auditions and work regularly and rely only on acting to make your living? That’s the question you need to answer.

It all depends on what you want.

If you just want to get that first audition, then keep doing what you are doing and thinking like you are thinking. If you want a career, then you NEED to start thinking differently or there is a really good chance that you will never, ever become an actor who has done anything other than school or community theatre plays in your local town.

Do it right.

Take the time to do things right and you will see, that with patience, you will be a lot further ahead and a lot smarter in just six months from now. If you continue with this kind of thinking, the chances are…, NO! I’M WILLING TO BET, that in six months or a year or two years from now, you will be no further along than you are now. I don’t mean to be mean, it’s my experience talking.

If after all this, you insist and want to build an acting resume, then I can help you in two different ways. Get that information as part of The Home-Study Course or pick and choose the information about how to build an acting resume you need, which will take you a lot longer to figure out for yourself. It’s up to you.

I hope that you will make the right decision about whether to keep thinking about your resume or start thinking long-term about your acting career. It’s for the best.
http://www.actingcareerquickstart.com/ACQSPresentation.html

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!

The difference between actingcareerquickstart and actingcareerstartup

QUESTION from a young aspiring actor who is contemplating investing in The Acting Career Quick Start Home-Study Course: What’s the difference between your two websites actingcareerstartup.com and actingcareerquickstart.com?

ANSWER:

Hi C,

Here is the difference between actingcareerquickstart and actingcareerstartup

actingcareerstartup.com is completely free, with almost 500 pages of information
that you have to sift through and figure out. It’s often used by people/actors
who know what precise information they want, they go get it and leave. Some use the site to study the acting business and to learn what they need to do to get their acting careers started. All the information is there, you just have to look around and find it.

actingcareerquickstart.com is the home-study course in which I walk
students through the entire process of starting an acting career from a-z.
Show them how to do everything and explain why it’s important, plus there
are the coaching calls, the personalized headshot and marketing eval with
questions on how to get themselves noticed in the industry. The ultimate
goal for those who go through the program is to be up and operational as
an actor within the six months. If one follows all the steps and is
committed, it is definitely possible, just like these guys did:

http://actingcareerquickstart.com/start_an_acting_career.html

http://actingcareerquickstart.com/acting_career/2011/12/an-acting-career/

http://actingcareerquickstart.com/acting_career/2011/12/very-positive-acting-career-quick-start-student/

Here’s what usually happens:

My experience tells me that most people who go for the free informational
website even after a year of looking around that site, are no better off
than they are when they start. That’s the reason I created the home-study
course. People who follow that program have what I call, an unfair
advantage over the vast majority of starry-eyed people who think that all
they have to do is find someone to introduce them to an agent, get
discovered or just start looking for auditions on the internet. Those
folks don’t get anywhere.

The people I feel really bad for

There are also the ones who are naive and think that all they have to do is be diligent and take lots of acting classes to become really good actors, study hard and then miraculously something good will happen. (I really feel bad for those people, because they really don’t understand and they are living in a world that doesn’t exist.) They also don’t get very far, because they fail to realize that what’s going to make the difference is learning the business of acting, starting to understand why they call it SHOW business and knowing how to take control of your own destiny to ensure that not only they get an agent or two to represent them and send them out on auditions REGULARLY, because those agents believe in them, but that they also learn how to build relationships in the industry with casting directors and other industry professionals that will call them directly for auditions. An actor needs to know how to be able to get auditions for themselves and how to work in tandem with his/her agent. The vast majority of actors simply don’t know how to do those things, which is one of the reasons why most aspiring actors never make it.

You can’t please everybody!

What I always say is that McDonalds isn’t for everybody. Not everyone likes to eat there, but they have to eat somewhere if they want to keep on living. Not everyone likes Nike shoes, but they have to buy their shoes from some company that makes shoes, because they need shoes. Not everyone wants an IPhone made by Apple, but just about everyone needs a phone and so they have to buy a phone from some other company other than Apple. The point is that you can’t please everyone. They are all extremely successful companies with excellent, high-quality and reputable products, but not everybody wants them.

Where to get this information all in one place?

You might or might not want to take my Acting Career Quick Start Home-Study Course, which is also a good product, complete with all the information you need to start your acting career and created by someone who has already done what you are trying to do. And it works. BUT, just like McDonalds, Nike and Apple, maybe you don’t like my style, maybe you feel that for some reason this isn’t for you, but if you really want to START A SUCCESSFUL ACTING CAREER then you will NEED to get all this information that I provide from someone else in the acting industry. The thing is, that you will be hard-pressed to find someone who will give it all to you in a simple and easy-to-understand way and who actually shows you what you need to do, gives it to you on video, mp3, coaching calls, email responses to all your questions and all in one spot.

2 Questions for you in closing

Now you have two questions to answer for yourself.
1. How badly do you really want to start an acting career or get your failing acting career off the ground?
2. Now that you’ve read this email, what are you going to do?

I hope to have answered your question C, about the difference between actingcareerquickstart and actingcareerstartup. Know that if you need me, I’m here to help.