If you want different results, different approaches to your craft can lead you to success more quickly!
You must be deliberate and engaged. Throwing in random ideas won't help you succeed in adding to the melting pot of your craft.
What you think and what you focus on can actually changes your brain. For example, if you slept poorly, tell yourself you slept well when you wake up.
You can actually trick your brain into thinking you slept well and it will alter your mood.
Believe in your capacity for extraordinary experiences and talents. Once you allow yourself to know positive feelings towards being open, you are going to excel at a much higher rate.
If the the plan doesn't work, change the plan and not the goal.
Ask "what's great about this?" when something goes wrong.
Whether its an acting audition you failed or you find out traumatic news, you have to ask yourself that question
Once you build up a substantial career, you will be working frequently. Regardless of how much acting work you have, life will happen.
Things can go good, bad, or maybe tragic and it could happen while you are in the middle of filming a project.
Instead of freaking out and compromising your performance, have a one-on-one with yourself and get ahold of the situation. By learning tactics like this now and preparing for them, you are likely to avoid letting your problems effect your career in the long term.
Learn from difficult situations, don't let them sway your emotions.
Look for projects where the director, casting director, producer, and director of photography are all different people.
If the same person who is more than two positions, it probably means the production will not run efficiently.
Start looking for paid projects.
If someone is willing to pay and are upfront about it, then it will seem more legitimate. Also if someone cares enough about their project, they will invest in it to make sure it is done correctly.
SAG-AFTRA waivers and projects will ensure you receive higher paid work.
Just make sure you do not jump into becoming SAG-AFTRA too early or you could potentially lose out on meeting up and coming industry people and non-union paid work.
Agents should never charge before they find you work.
If you feel like someone is trying to get you to pay an upfront fee- then its a scam. If they are trying to convince you to pay their photographer to take your pictures- then its a scam. If you hear an agency who constantly talks about how unique your look is, beware.
On average their rate is approximately 10% of what you earn. Managers usually earn a bit more, sometimes up to 20%. It seems like it would be easier to choose to get an agent, but agents are a lot harder to get than a manager.
Look up reviews on everyone before you pay them. Read the bad reviews and analyze the business to see if it is worth spending your money.
A lot of people and their companies scam actors and do not think twice about it.
If someone is excessively friendly and pushy to sell to you, it is because they are scamming you.
Network every day!
You can network through many different avenues. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and SnapChat to name a few. Also at networking events, red carpet events, or film festivals.
After you've made those connections, use GetResponse.com to keep track of following up with these people. Follow up when you have something interesting to invite them to, a new tidbit about your career, or maybe just a funny quote.
Keep your connections alive and working for you.
Its good to follow up with someone before two weeks has passed. If you follow up and there is no response, try following up in another two weeks.
Try not to let those connections die, they can be useful in the future.
Be professional and specific when applying for roles.
Do not apply for any roles that do not fit within your brand.
Customize your cover letters so they seem personal to each casting director. Instead of spending hours to personalize each letter, create a template with interchangeable words or phrases. This way you have the letter ready at all times and all you have to do it customize it.
Have a professional headshot that shows your brand. Casting directors do not have time to look at your headshot and figure out what you play.
They want their job to be as easy as possible, and you can help by customizing your headshot to your brand.
Be clear about what roles (supporting or lead) you've played. Many people still have character names on their resume. Casting directors do not have time to look up each character and figure out what your role meant to that production.
Vocalize who you are to make their jobs simpler.
Backstage is a great resource for paid acting work.
A subscription is currently $19.95 a month. This includes access to casting calls, unlimited photos, unlimited reels, unlimited resumes, links back to your website and social media. You can also filter your results to only paid work when you are ready.
is a great submission site that is currently $68 a year or $2 a submission. Two photos are free, but you have to pay for each additional one after that. Footage, voiceover reels, and slate shots aren't free either. But, you can make a profile, size card, and post a resume for free.
is currently completely free to sign up. You have to post your reels through other sites as a host, but then Mandy will link them to your profile.
is another option to finding work. You will have to go to the "gigs" section for you city. There are a lot of scams to shift through but you can find some legitimate work.
Constantly keep trying these sites to get more work.
Tailor your emails so that they take minimal effort but are still personalized.
Create a template that allows you to easily personalize each email but still be efficient.
Do your homework on the project and person you're writing to. You can keep a spreadsheet of what your connection's interests are to easily tailor emails to them.
Try to find the casting directors on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook and share or like the things they post.
After seeing your name they will start to recognize you and build a relationship.
Learn legal jargon and be able to read and understand every contract you sign.
Without this knowledge, you will find yourself up for responsibilities if things go sour.
Watch out for words like "indemnify." Indemnify means to secure (someone) against legal responsibility for their actions.
Basically what this word means is, if someone sues the company you are working with- they are just suing you because you agreed to indemnify yourself for the company. When you indemnify a company that means you are transferring all of the legal responsibility to you, and you have accepted it by signing the contract.
You do not want to be secured as the responsible party for the company's actions.
You can google "actor contracts" and familiarize yourself with the language to be a step ahead.
Scams are ubiquitous.
If the person does not want to talk over the phone or wants you to pay them be weary.
Craigslist is known for having quite a few scams but that doesn't mean there are not good projects on there. Even sites who have made a name for themselves, like BackStage and Mandy have scams.
If someone contacts you letting you know they love your look and they want you to come in for a meeting, thats a red flag.
Usually after that meeting, they will convince you that you will be a star but they need you to either pay them, or pay for photos with their photographer.
You should never pay to be a part of a project, an agency, or a management company. You should not pay anyone to represent you. They find you auditions and when you book something, they will receive a percentage.