Tuesday, January 7, 2014

7 Habits of Unsuccessful Actors

 

If You See Yourself in the Following, Don't Be Shocked that You're Not a Working Actor


You may have heard this from others, but getting work in movies, TV, commercials, or stage is really, really hard.  There is a ton of competition for jobs with a bevvy of talented, motivated, hard working, battle tested folks seeking those limited opportunities.  If you are reading this, there is a high degree of likelihood that you aren't doing very well at getting parts.  Another good guess that one or more of the following apply to you.  You will need to change this habit if you hope to make money in show biz. 

1.   Unclear about your decision to be an actor.  You will need to get off the fence.  You need to be all in, 100% committed, clear eyed, determined and ready to be persistent, even indefatigable. 

2.  Unwilling to study.  This business is all about study.  You need to be a lifetime learner, curious about people, life, and the industry.  Studying scripts and context prior to auditions a must!

3.  Lacking self control.  Emotions are good on stage.  Not so good off stage.  Negative attitude, bad manners, anger issues, undisciplined mouth are all going to cost you work.

4.  Substance abuse.  C'mon, everybody in the business boozes or uses, right.  Wrong, you are hurting your chances of success big time if you are a slave to anything other than your craft.

5.  Punctuality challenged.  Most casting directors figure that if you don't care enough to be on time for an audition, you don't care enough to be considered for the part. 

6.  Don't care about the details.  Acting is all about details.  You must have fantastic professional resume and head shot, show up dressed right, and ready to work.

7.  Lacking self confidence.  If you don't believe in yourself, how can you sell your self, and why should anyone believe in you.

Every one of the above can be trained, coached, improved, and perfected.  One place to start working on any item on this list is to take some classes at the New York Acting School for Film and Television.  Call Now and talk to the director, Mark Stolzenberg, about enrolling.  (212) 877-2219

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