Some actors succeed, some fail and others sit on the sidelines seemingly stuck in a portal of mediocre opportunity. But all of them want to be the ones that succeed. So what does it take? What marks the difference between the winners and those that never really make the grade? Well, there’s a lot that goes into becoming a winning actor, including skill and the right network. But at the base level, it really starts with character and the right habits. So let’s focus there today, on the winning character traits and habits of successful actors.
A Massive Amount of Dedication
This is the primary and biggest trait. It’s about working hard and committedly no matter what. Your commitment to the acting profession is far more important than who your coach is or where you attend classes. Most actors don't fail as a result of their lack of talent, but because they don’t dedicatedly pursue their careers. That means mailing out at least 20 head shot submissions a week, constantly reading about the business and craft of acting, watching television, film, and theater with a critical eye, and taking classes, workshops, and seminars as often as possible. It also means taking care of yourself by getting rest and not partying all the time.
Impeccable People Skills
Fate doesn't make an actor. Humans are the ones that get the job done, so you'll need to have incredible people skills. Yes, if you're gorgeous and amazingly talented, you might be able to get away with arriving late and acting like a diva; but if not, it pays to be polite and professional. Once you have these skills, keep yourself on the radar of the people who can take you to the next step in your career.
Talent has got to be there. And once it’s there, you’ve got to nourish, grow it. So find a style that you believe in, that you enjoy, and which best fits your innate abilities. Then study it, in college or in classes. Constantly challenge yourself, practice your art, and polish your skills. Find mentors and be sure to allot a lifetime to perfect your craft.
Resilience and Vulnerability
This may just be the hardest quality to acquire. An actor must be open to the world and the people in it in order to develop the insight necessary to bring characters to life. At the same time, he or she must be protective enough to deal with the constant rejection and disapproval that abound in this industry.
Develop broad foundations for your personality (honest and multitudinous relationships and a variety of interests and hobbies) and work to keep your mind and heart open. Build your confidence by doing things you’re good at and by taking risks on things you aren’t.
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