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Why You Don’t Need a Website Afterall

Between you and me, your website is not the first place industry folks visit to find you online.  They’re checking out IMDBPro, Studio System, and even Facebook. I have a client named Deborah who has been a working actor for almost two decades.  She’s worked with the best of them, yet when you Google her name, her personal website does not appear in the first page of search results. Why?  Because Google arranges their list according to which sites have the highest traffic rather than which URLs are a direct march.   A quick Google search for Deborah’s name results in these top five hits:  Wikipedia, IMDB, Fandango, TV.com, and Facebook. The good news here is that you do not need to invest a ton of time and money in creating, hosting, and updating your personal website.  Instead, you can simply rely on high-traffic mega sites people visit often.  Here’s how: ImdbPro & IMDB Resume With an IMDBPro.com account, you have free access to IMDB Resume.  Here, you can upload additional photos and expand your resume to include your training, special skills, theatre, and other credits.   Even if you don’t have any IMDB credits yet, it’s essential that you have your resume on the site. Link your IMDB page to your Twitter account, personal Blog, or other sites featuring information about you.  If you are an active Twitter user or Blogger, you will find that your strong online presence has a positive effect on your Star Meter rating. Be certain to check in on your IMDB account regularly to keep your information current.  Time flies quickly, and your account, left unattended, could easily appear out of date in the blink of an eye. Utilize IMDB’s “vanity URL” option.  It’s an easy way to simplify your link, making it easier for people to find you.  I also recommend purchasing your own URL from NetworkSolutions.com or GoDaddy.com.  For about nine bucks each month, you can own YourName.com or something similar and redirect that link to your IMDB page.    That way, when you are ready to design a personal website, you don’t have to…[ click here to read the full post ]

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The Waiting Game

Every actor plays the waiting game.  Regardless of if you’re waiting to hear about a student film auditions, an agent offer, or whether or not your pilot was picked up, waiting is part of your job.  I know, I know, you’ve been told this a million times, but it’s true.  You must be patient while you pursue your dream.  Patience is indeed a virtue and it’s one that ironically becomes more challenging to master the closer you get to the finish line. Develop the Habit It has been said that it takes 21 days to form a habit.  In order to increase your chances of success and avoid show business burnout, you must commit to habits rather than attach to any specific result.  You must practice patience. You cannot control when your agent will call, when you’ll get your big break, or how often those residual checks come in, but you can control your own daily activity.  Commit to developing the habits of a successful and balanced lifestyle.  This goes back to The Rule of Seven.  No one thing you do will make or break you, but you can create success by consistently doing one thing each day. Poet and writer, Ian Krieger, wrote the following about our friend, Mr. Habit. I am your constant companion. I am your greatest helper or heaviest burden. I will push you onward or drag you down to failure. I am completely at your command. Half of the things you do you might as well turn over to me and I will do them-quickly and correctly. I am easily managed – you must be firm with me. Show me exactly how you want something done and after a few lessons, I will do it automatically. I am the servant of great people, and alas of all failures as well. Those who are failures, I have made failures. I am not a machine though I work with the precision of a machine plus the intelligence of a person. You may run me for profit or run me for ruin – it makes no difference to…[ click here to read the full post ]

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Achieve Tomorrow’s Goals Today

Does this cycle sound familiar: your week is booked solid with a lot of tasks, events and activities, but none of them seem to yield the results you’re looking for.  Then if a great audition or meeting comes along, it’s a nightmare to reschedule the other commitments.  This struggle can leave you frazzled before you even start preparing for the actual audition or meeting.  You should be able to enjoy those great opportunities.  So how do you restructure your time so you can concentrate on what you really want? Learn to say no more often. How can you make room for what you really want if your days are jam-packed with other commitments? Let go of the idea that the more you do means the more results you’ll see.  Having an agent or a demo reel or casting workshop are not an actions; it’s how you utilize these resources that produces results.  You want to concentrate on working smarter, not longer. Start by making decisions based on where you want to be. Trust that bigger things are on the horizon, but you have to make room for them.  A surprise audition offer is something to be excited about, not a cause for alarm.  If you’re having a hard time visualizing where you want to be, check out these tips here. It’s great to admire successful actors, but you don’t need to model their career to the letter to achieve the same success.   Success is a process; there is no set formula.  Make your own path. If your dream is to be a lead in an indie feature film, don’t spend all your time on other work you think is the first step among many to landing a lead role; why not instead shift your energy toward targeting those lead roles? We all have limited time, so to maximize yours, you need to adopt a laser beam focus. Brainstorm just one action that feels authentic to you that you believe will pay off if you stay consistent. Be realistic when creating your action plan. If you aren’t comfortable with taking an…[ click here to read the full post ]

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