Shake Up The Way You Take Action

What do you do when you’re doing all of the right things and nothing seems to be working?

You’re writing a web series. You’re meeting with representation, but no one is signing you. You’re attending the workshops and sending the mailings. You’re just doing, doing, doing and nothing is coming together for you.

Well, in my experience, it’s not about what you’re doing, but how.

Watch this week’s Acting Business Bite to shake up the way you take actions and replace fear and self doubt with self trust and a whole lot more fun.

 

 

Self trust is a choice. It’s a muscle you build, and the way you build it is to decide every day to trust yourself.

So, let’s put this into action. Experiment this week with choosing each day to trust yourself and be playful and joyful.

What actions will you take first? How did your energy shift when you made this new decision? Let me know in the comments below.

 


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How To Move To A Big City Market

How To Move To A Big City Market by Dallas Travers

You’ve completed your actor training. You’ve saved up some money, and now you’re getting ready to make the bold move to a big city market.

Whether you’re moving to New York, Los Angeles, London or Chicago, you want to make sure that you hit the ground running and move into a new city with the seeds of a few industry connections already in place.

Check out these three tips for paving the way toward creating the actor life you’ve been dreaming of in a brand new city.

It’s Always The Rule Of 7

The best marketers understand that it takes seven touches before the potential buyer will even recognize what you’re trying to sell them. These days, people are so inundated with information that our brains simply tune things out. If we didn’t, we could never get anything done because we would be so distracted.

This means that in order to begin creating relationships with the casting directors and agents with whom you wish to meet, you have to get started early.

Let’s say you’re planning to move to Los Angeles at the end of the summer. Spring would be a great time to define your target list and start sending ships each month. These people are your potential buyers, and they need a little time to begin to recognize your name.

Create Your Agent Whisper Campaign

You can think of this 7-touch process as your whisper campaign to build a little bit of buzz around your arrival. If you’re going to be in town over the summer looking at apartments, be sure to take advantage of that time when you could be meeting people on your target list.

Start with an email. Send something super short – perhaps four sentences tops. Say something like, “Hi, this is Dallas Travers. I’m moving from Denver to Los Angeles in late July. In the meantime, I’ll be in LA on May 29th and 30th and would love to set up a meeting. Some of my past credits include…

Be sure to follow up the next week if you don’t get a response. After the initial email, send a postcard or One Sheet about a week before you come out to visit.

Once you’ve arrived, call them directly. Say something like, “Hi, this is Dallas Travers. I’m here for a couple of days before I move to Los Angeles in July, and I’d love to meet with Mark to talk about working together. How possible is that?

It’s Not Personal

Whether you get a meeting or not, keep in mind that it’s not personal. It could just so happen that you’re in town the week that this agent is dealing with a huge workload and he doesn’t have time to meet. It could be that he’s not in a good mood and doesn’t want to meet anyone that day.

However, now you’re in the groove of sending out regular ships, and you’ve planted some seeds with industry professionals who can help you move forward. Once you get in the habit of reaching out, you’ll start to see things coming back around soon.

Are you getting ready for a big move? What are you doing to help yourself prepare? Let me know one thing in the comments below.


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3 Steps To The Production Team Of Your Dreams

3 Steps To The Production Team Of Your Dreams

These days, a lot of actors are taking the reins of their career and creating new work that lets them shine in the roles they want to play. It is so empowering to know that you’re taking positive steps to create the career you envision, and it can also be overwhelming to produce your own work.

What can you do when you have an idea you want to execute, but you don’t have an established production team (and you’re not prepared to spend thousands of dollars)?

Follow these three steps to put together the production team of your dreams with or without a blockbuster budget.

1. Get Super Clear

Take some time to imagine your project. In your mind’s eye, visualize what it will look like and feel like when you’re on set. What kinds of people are you surrounded by? Does anyone specific come to mind? If so, add them to the list of people you want to reach out to. If not, that’s okay too.

Walk yourself through the entire experience from script creation to the final editing and distribution process. Anyone that comes to mind as you visualize goes on the list, even if you don’t know them very well or aren’t clear on how they can help.

Let yourself sit in the feeling of your vision long enough that you have a good sense of what kind of environment you want to create.

2. Reach Out & Be Specific

Now you should have a list of people you want to contact. It’s important to be direct and specific when you reach out to them. The clearer you can be, the more likely you are to get a “yes” and specific commitments that will help you take steps forward.

When you send your emails, explain what you’re up to and ask the person if they would like to be involved.

Go on to say something like, “I want our first production meeting to be on either Friday the 3rd or Saturday the 4th at 3 pm. Please let me know by Tuesday which day works best for you, so I can figure out which works for most people.”

When you give people a clear sense of what they’re agreeing to and set a deadline, you’re creating a sense of structure and urgency.

3. Let Them Go

Now, keep in mind that not everyone is going to reply to this email. The best way to get your project completed effectively is to pair up with the movers and the doers.

This email process will naturally weed out the people you don’t want on your team. If they take a long time to respond and don’t meet the deadline you set, you can be certain they will bring similar behaviors into the project.

So, if someone doesn’t respond, don’t take it personally. Let it be a blessing in disguise so you can more forward with confidence and clarity.

Have you ever put together a production team? How did it go? Let me know in the comments below.


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