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.

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.
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Tony

Contact talent agents but no calls! Why not?

I contacted talent agents but none called me! Why not?

How many times have I heard this one?

“I sent out my headshots and resume to five agents. It’s been two months now and still haven’t heard anything yet! What should I do?”

HERE’S MY ANSWER TO THAT QUESTION:

Stuffing envelopes with pictures and a resume 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.” Stop being in such a hurry!
Change your mentality and do the right things, which is, by the way, 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 and self-esteem.s

Contacted talent agents but no calls!

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

• What are you trying to achieve by sending out those mailings? No I mean what’s your goal?
• What is your type?
• Is your package “lined up?” Are all of its components 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?

www.actingcareerquickstart.com/ACQSPresentation.html

Contacted talent agents but no calls!

Besides the questions I listed above, there are so many other questions that new actors need to be able to answer and can’t, which is a big part of the reason why many of them aren’t getting anywhere.

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

That’s just one of the many reasons I tell potential students that if you follow my advice, the things you learn in this course with me and the other industry professionals you’ll find there, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t 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, (time’s a wastin’!) I’m here.
www.actingcareerquickstart.com/ACQSPresentation.html

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

End of answer.

If you have a similar problem about how to contact talent agents and not getting any calls, then think about how you intend to resolve this problem. Alone or do you need help to learn how to contact talent agents in the right way to increase your chances of getting them to call you in for an interview?
Here’s information about actor headshots you might find useful.

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

QUESTION from one of the folks on my list from Argentina:
Would it be better to take the course once he arrived and was in the New York environment?

ANSWER:

I agree that you should start contacting industry professionals only after you arrive in New York IF your goal when you get there is to simply study acting and not pursue acting work.
If however, you want to begin working as an actor as quickly as you can after you arrive in NY, then you should start contacting talent agents and casting directors at least six to nine months before you arrive there. If you don’t do that, I can tell you that you are destined to waste a lot of the hard-earned money you saved to get there. Why? Because it takes time to create and build relationships. It takes a lot of time. So not only do you have to start early, you have to do it in the right way to get the maximum result, which means getting as many of those people you contact to call you in for interviews and/or auditions.

In the Acting Career Quick Start Home-Study Course, I spend three modules on just that, the whole process of making those contacts, which consists of 16 steps. We go through how to figure out who to contact, which talent agents and casting directors, HOW to contact them, how to format your resume, how to get the best headshots that will get attention, how to write your cover letter, where to put it and how to send them for maximum visibility, what to do AFTER you send out that initial package to increase your chances over time of getting called in, how to follow up, how to prepare for those interviews and auditions, what the talent agents and casting directors are looking for and how to give it to them even before you step into the room.

All that stuff is what I did to help me get 2 agents within the first two weeks I was in New York, which in turn led to me being SUBMITTED FOR a little more than 200 auditions in three months. Out of those submissions I got 37 auditions, 10 acting jobs and made a little more than $4,000 in JUST MY FIRST THREE MONTHS in New York. So, I know it works. As a matter of fact, I created a bonus eBook that I give out in the first month of the Home-Study course in which I wrote all about it.

FOLLOW UP QUESTION:

But if I decided I wanted to stay here in Argentina to pursue acting, will the Home-Study course work in my country?

ANSWER:

I obviously can’t customize the course for all countries in the world, but I know for a fact from many of my students in more than 15 different countries that many of the things in the course are customizable and that the individual concepts can be adapted to the local markets.
For example, when I talk about agents and that you need to know what they want and I list some of the things that agents look for in an actor and that agents are in business to make money and want to work with actors who they believe can audition well, those concepts are universal.
Another example is the module about how to choose the right acting school for you. That is also a universal concept. Or when I talk about how to properly interview acting teachers and schools.
Another example is about headshots, how to get a good headshot, how to interview the photographer to make sure you can get the best headshot possible. That also is a universal concept.
Other things like mailings and whole process of getting agents and casting directors to notice you, while those concepts are local and specific, one can learn a lot from what goes on in many other markets around the world, which is what I teach and that in some way can be applied to your market.
Another example has to do with how to make and keep contacts and nurture those contacts with casting directors and agents, using post cards, internet, meetings, forums, showcases, etc.

BE INNOVATIVE.

What I believe is that learning what goes on outside your country can give you an edge. Some of the things you learn in my course and that you apply in your country might be considered different, unique or maybe even strange, but they might also be considered innovative. In the end, by applying them intelligently and adapting the concepts by doing things that others don’t do in your marketplace, that can be a huge advantage for you and make you stand out and be remembered. That’s exactly what you want!

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