Get To The @#!% Point

Okay, I’m going to make this quick.

Why?

Because this week’s Acting Business Bite is all about why your emails need to be succinct and user-friendly.

If you’ve ever second-guessed an email you’ve sent, or not gotten the reply you hoped for, this video is for you.

Let’s get right down to it.

It’s time to take an email inventory. Which of the tips from this video will you apply to your next email? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments box below.


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How To Meet People At A Film Festival The Organic Way

How To Meet People At A Film Festival The Organic Way by Dallas Travers

As an actor, one of the best ways to meet potential collaborators is to attend film festivals where you know your fellow filmmakers will hang out. It can be so much fun to watch a great short film and then chat with the director right afterward.

However, a lot of actors clam up in networking situations or feel scared of being “schmoozy.” If you are uncomfortable with the idea of making a strategy for meeting other artists at events because you want it to be organic and natural, check out these tips.

Get Connected

I’ve got a friend named Matt who truly is a connector. His LinkedIn network is massive and everywhere we go, he knows somebody. He’s a natural who’s really good at connecting with people in a real way plus staying in touch down the road.

Whenever I am in public with Matt, I notice that he very easily talks to whoever he’s next to. It doesn’t matter where we are, he feels completely secure about chatting up everyone in the room, and because he’s so confident, people feel comfortable talking to him, too.

When I asked him how he’s able to do this, he told me that he thinks of every public event as a cocktail party or a backyard BBQ. I don’t know about you, but when I’m at either of these events, I can pretty easily meet people and talk to them because I know we’re all there due to a mutual friend.

If you can think of your fellow festival-goers in this way, it will be much more easy to breezily say hello to the person standing behind you in line. You never know who you might meet.

Make It A Game

See how many people you can authentically connect with and organically meet at the event. Be curious, and treat it as though you were attending a fun party rather than crafting a “plan” that you need to execute with perfection.

You’ll notice that when you are open to interacting with people you don’t know, the opportunities will seem to come out of nowhere. Relax, smile, and make eye contact to invite others to talk to you. The more comfortable you can be in the situation, the more comfortable they will feel when you come up and say hello.

Remember, nearly everyone who attends a film festival is there because they want to celebrate the art and make connections with like-minded artists. You have nothing to lose, so have a great time.

How do you handle networking events? Share your tips in the comments below.


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Are You Addicted to Being Busy?

A lot of actors feel that if every spare minute is not being spent in pursuit of acting goals, they’ll fall behind schedule or that they somehow won’t deserve the success they desire.

So, they busy themselves. They look for things to do just to stay occupied rather than working in an effective way – maybe by taking bigger risks but also having a more balanced life. They’re addicted to being busy.

If this sounds like you, it’s time to really consider this question: Who would you be if you weren’t working all the time?

Watch this week’s Acting Business Bite to learn the simple step I took myself to exercise the muscle of self care and get in the habit of taking downtime.

Exercise the muscle of self care and get in the habit of taking down time. The things you think are so urgent will wait for you. Even better, your sense of self worth is no longer directly tied to your level of productivity.

Find a 24 hour window this week where you can unplug and really take care of yourself. Trust yourself enough to enjoy your life a little bit, even while in pursuit of the career you really dream of.

Let me know how it goes in the comments below. Happy relaxing!


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