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.

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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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.

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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