Do you think that just because you're talented you will succeed in acting? Thinkagain! Success can be defined in two ways here. First of all, there are a lot of talented people out there that cannot focus, cannot practice and fine tune; simply cannot work at being successful. They will not learn lines, they skip rehearsals, do not self-promote -- in other words, they are dedicated to failure, regardless of their talent. This may come as a shock to many, as a career in acting presents itself as a ticket to easy street. If you want to succeed, you have to do the work. It's the same deal for the rest of life.
Because actors have innate talent, imagination, intelligence, passion for acting, drive, a good ear, the ability to mimic .. they can get lazy. They may not really have "acting muscles" that need to be kept in shape, but they still need to practice, enhance skills and stay on a determined path.
It take two major ingredients to succeed in acting. And you have to have BOTH.
Of course, there's the financial aspect.
- financial success
- their portfolio
- fame and fortune
Those aspects are not a surprise, as most people tend to think of success as someone who has been fortunate in business, someone who works a lot, who has made movies, won awards, has a great agent, gets all the jobs, and who supports themselves purely through their acting work.
Next? The talent has to be there. Think about the many actors out there that are hardly known, but they draw you in and cause you to feel the deep emotion of the character or leave you laughing at every expression.
They have hit the most needed part of success. Once they have that narrowed down and have committed themselves to a path of networking, hard-work and learning, then it's time to finish it off by remembering these basic truths: