How To Handle A Bad Review

How To Handle A Bad Review by Dallas Travers

So you booked a great role on stage or in a film and, soon enough, reviews of the work are beginning to pop up on different websites and in the paper.

That’s great, right?

Most actors dream of being glowingly reviewed for their work. But sometimes, the reviews aren’t great, and it can be a challenge not to take things personally.

Here are a few tips to help you deal with the reviews that you wouldn’t want to share with your target list.

Change Your Mindset
First of all, welcome to being in the public eye. When you signed up to be an actor, you told the world that you are open to being watched and critiqued for the quality of your work, and now you’re getting just that.

Remember that just because someone had an experience that wasn’t as good as you had hoped, it doesn’t mean that your work doesn’t have value. It’s just one person’s perspective, and it doesn’t need to affect the way you view yourself as an artist.

Watch out for thoughts that might label the critics as “haters” or the “bad guys.” It’s their job to observe and report. When you can think of them as just critics doing their job, you will find it easier to move on and continue doing your work.

Have A No-Read Policy
It’s important that you don’t use reviews to determine how you value yourself. A lot of actors, especially stage actors, have a policy of never reading reviews. This way, the negative things someone might write won’t affect them, and they also won’t be influenced by a great review that crops up.

However, if you want to collect positive quotes for marketing purposes, you can assign the task of reading reviews to a friend or family member who knows how you feel. If a review is no good, they can quietly place it in the recycle bin, but if the review is great, they can pull a few sentences out that really highlight your work so that you can include it on your One Sheet.

If Everyone Likes You, You’re Not Trying Hard Enough
When it comes to theater and film, your job as a creative artist is to entertain but it’s also to get people thinking. If everyone just agrees and raves about what a joy it was to watch your show, maybe you’re not doing your job yet.

When people feel challenged or have the opportunity to see something in a new light, they will often feel resistant. It doesn’t mean the work was bad; in fact, it means that you are pushing the public to think in a new way.

The opportunity here is to see constructive criticism objectively. Can you put on the eyeglasses of a student and take a look at what you can learn from these reviews in order to improve your craft? You might even thank those reviewers for encouraging you to take your next project to the next level.

In a lot of ways, a negative review helps you hone your competitive edge. To me that seems like an even better gift than getting fantastic reviews all the time.

What do you think? How do you deal with reviews? Leave a comments below to join the conversation.



TAC Scholarship Winner: July 2014

Congratulations to Thriving Artist Circle scholarship winner, Amy Rapp!

Amy won a free year in the Thriving Artist Circle (TAC) for her video submission answering the question:

Our TAC theme this year is Courage. Who inspires you to be courageous + why?

Check out her answer here and learn how you can be next month’s winner.


You could be next month’s winner…

Answer this month’s challenge question, and you could win a free year in the Thriving Artist Circle.

We’re switching it up this month and asking for a photo instead of a video.

So, July’s question is:

In one compelling photo, show us a day in the life of a Thriving Artist.
Include #TAC or the TAC logo in the picture.

Post your photo on the TAC Facebook Page before July 28, 2014 to be entered to win.

Click here to download the logo to print and use in your photo.

Here are the rules…

1. Picture must visibly include #TAC or the TAC logo within the photo.

2. Picture must be an original work of the entrant.

3. Submissions must be posted to BEFORE the deadline to qualify.

4. You MUST answer the question to be considered for the scholarship.

5. Please, no inappropriate images, language, or behavior.

6. You will be evaluated on the following criteria:

- did you follow directions?
- creativity + originality
- quality of your answer

Winners + their entry will be announced at the end of every month and featured on, +

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Twitter Strategy: How To Use It Without Losing Your Mind

How To Use Twitter Without Losing Your Mind by Dallas Travers


Are you allergic to Twitter? Even though this social media platform is unavoidable these days, a lot of actors still think it’s a waste of time. Other actors end up wasting time tweeting their lives away.

Here’s the good news: when used strategically, Twitter can be a powerful tool to connect with your fans, forge new relationships with people in the industry and practice vulnerability. Best of all, it doesn’t have to take a bunch of time.

Talk The Talk
Now, we’re only covering your Twitter time management strategy here. If you need help figuring out what to post, check out my Actor’s Guide to the Twitterverse for some basic guidelines.

You can also find some more tips here about writing a terrific Twitter bio that will inform and intrigue your followers.

Create Your Own Parameters
Get super clear on what your standards are for posting on Twitter. Do you post twice daily? Three times a week? Once a month?

The more often you post and interact with others, the quicker you will see your list of followers grow. People want to interact with other “tweeps” who are active online.

Create a mini-schedule for yourself and promise to stick to it. Remember, you can always hop on Twitter and tweet a little more if you want to, but when you have that specific editorial calendar, you know you’ll at least be posting the bare minimum to meet your standard.

Automation Is Your Best Friend
Despite your best intentions, there will always be days when you just don’t want to log into Twitter. If you’re on set focusing on doing what you do best, you may not want to whip out your phone and craft something clever. However, you will still want to keep your social media running smoothly.

Use a program like HootSuite or SocialOomph to pre-write and schedule your tweets. Both of these programs have a basic free level of membership.

Now, you can sit down for an hour once a week and schedule all the content you want to post for the next seven days. No more worrying about your social media falling through the cracks.

Keep It Fresh
Now that you’ve got your tweets scheduled, set aside 1 to 3 quick social media check-ins where you log in to the account and reply, RT (re-tweet) and favorite the people who are interacting with you.

Once you’re clear on your own expectations and using automation through HootSuite or SocialOomph, you can devote 10 minutes a day and still make an impact on Twitter.

(Hint: This is the same formula that you can apply to your other social media platforms. SocialOomph and HootSuite will also let you post to LinkedIn, Facebook, and several other sites).

So how has Twitter automation changed your social media life? I’d love to hear your experiences in the comments below.

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