What better way to learn about Turning Pro than from a fellow actor! May kicks off a new addition to the blog: The TAC Member Spotlight. So without further ado, let me introduce you to Starr Session (@starrsession). Starr is a master implementor who’s taken all the TAC has to offer and made it her own. Since January, she’s landed representation, rocked out a killer bio, and become a networking ninja both on and offline.
1. How are you learning to Turn Pro?
- I have learned from TAC how to take action for my career by being clear on what I want and need. Which has now given me more confidence.
- I have learned how to narrow down a list of people I want to become my fan. I also have started a newsletter where I reach out to people so they can keep up with what I am doing.
- By setting monthly goals, I can now see measurable momentum in my career.
- I have learned how to network.
- Write a new bio/twitter bio.
- I have made an awesome one-sheet.
- I have learned how to “date” my representation… so to speak. We are working on a real relationship and not just business transactions.
- I have learned about cold calls, drop offs, agent submissions, marketing and other tools that will allow me to take control of my career.
2. How is your career growing?
With just 4 months under my belt as a TAC member, I have learned more things from my peers in the group, wisdom from the guest speakers, and of course channeling Dallas’s positive outlook on the industry has allowed me to take control of my career. I now treat my career as if I am the CEO of Starr Session Incorporation. I set monthly goals that are attainable. My monthly milestones also allow me to create credible touches to my laser focused list of people who are my fans and who I want to be my fan. By following the monthly videos I have updated my twitter and website bio, learned valuable tips from the hot seat calls, and I now feel like I can network with the best of them. Using Dallas’ tools has given me a better success rate at gaining more auditions, booking gigs, and happiness in my career. Let’s just say the people around me have seen a change in my career and I know it’s because of Dallas’s words to, “Stop hurrying up to wait.” I’ve always been a go-getter but never like this. I am gaining a better sense on how to market myself. I have control and it feels good.
3. What are you celebrating?
My bio isn’t stiff and boring and that all comes from the tips that are easily outlined. I booked an event where they requested my bio for their website and other promotional materials, and, boy, am I proud of it. I feel like people can get a sense of who I am.
I went to a networking event, where I was asked the question, “What have I seen you in?” Since I am new to theatrical but have worked as a host, voiceover, and commercial talent, I was armed with an answer that allowed me to stand out and also connect in a way that landed me an audition.
I also made an awesome one-sheet which got me noticed and into an audition. I can’t wait to make my next one.
I gained a manager, who I was confident in signing because of all the great tips other actors gave on the Hot Seat calls and the FB Page. I knew what to look for in a manager. As well as how to treat our relationship.
My networking script landed me a part in a short. And now I have a relationship with a director, whom I hope to work with again.
Time management and motivation has allowed me to double the amount of voiceovers in the last two months.
I started a new web series called Triple Dub Show which I am marketing with the tips from this program and it’s growing each week. I’m using my skills of hosting, lighting, filming, editing and producing in this one project and it is only adding to my skill set. It’s almost time to shop the show. Booking myself, and not waiting for casting directors to book me, feels good. I’m going over their head and casting myself so to speak.
I started an acting fund which goes towards classes and becoming SAG-AFTRA. No more surprises and stressing out about $$$. This is a huge stress reliever.
I reached out to the FB Members a few different times and received great responses. I even spoke to one of the members who took time out of her day to answer some questions.
4. What do you like best about TAC?
Dallas is my unofficial life coach, the Thriving Artist Circle is my career coach, and the FB Page is my accountability coach. Hand in hand, I feel like I have a great team behind me that is here to organize me and keep me motivated. And by team I mean Dallas and her community of people who share the same vision but are supportive every step of the way. The FB group is awesome and keeps me inspired, while the TAC website has easy to use videos with great handouts that allows me to keep track of what I want and where I am going. I also love that the program is low cost which is affordable for actors like me who book gigs but also have a JOB.
5. What would you suggest to a brand new Member about how to best utilize TAC?
Set time aside 5-6 days a week on your career but just an hour or two a day. During this time make sure you head over to the website and the FB Page at least once a week to gain more knowledge and valuable tips to add to your to do list. TAC has made me busier, in a good way. Instead of feeling like I don’t have control of my career, I now realize there is so much I could can do to gain more leverage. They make it easy to stay connected with monthly newsletters. With the easy to follow links that not only add events to my google calendar but also keep me organized. Take the time to listen to all of the videos/calls for the month. I’m a digital person, so I take notes on my computer and I am able to go back and look at them anywhere and anytime. This past month I didn’t have time to sit at home and listen, so I downloaded the audio and listened to it in the car in traffic. What’s funny is I have listened to some of the calls a few times, and most of the time I catch something new that didn’t stand out to me before. That’s life right?.. the answers are right in front of you but sometimes it just doesn’t click right away.
6. What does Turning Pro mean to you?
Turning pro means that I will find happiness in this hectic career of chasing fame. I want to be great at what I do and that includes marketing my hard work so more and more people can see it. As a Pro, I have a handle on my career and I can steer my career in the direction I want. I’m already a pro because if I want to do something, I have the tools to make it happen without feeling defeated. With this growing community, I have a ton of friends; some I’ve never met but they will be there to help me when I’m stuck. Booking more gigs than I did the month before feels great, but it is because I now have a handle on my career. No one is going to work harder than me on my career, but the difference is I’m working smarter.
Follow Starr on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram: @StarrSession or her webseries @TripleDubShow
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