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Thank You, Danke, Gracias, Merci

Question: When is gratitude every wrong? Answer: Never. I’m often asked about thank you cards and gifts. A lot of actors worry about how appropriate it is to send a gift when they book a job, send a card when they’ve had an audition, or just say thank you in a simple way. When the inspiration strikes you to send a thank you note or even a gift, do it. You can never go wrong by expressing a sincere and honest thank you. This week’s video will outline a few suggestions to ensure that your thank you is meaningful, heartfelt and easy to implement.

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The Difference Between Being Proactive and Being Pushy

Let me be clear… I am all for every actor taking charge, going for what you really want and leaving it all out on the playing field. But sometimes, when the stakes feel high, it’s easy to let your desires get the best of you and shift from being proactive to just being pushy. It’s a thin line, but one you can gracefully navigate when you keep the recipients of your efforts at the forefront of your mind. This week’s Acting Business Bite will help you distinguish a clear difference between truly going for it and just over doing it.

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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.

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How to Talk About Your Ex (Agent)

So imagine that you are at a meeting with a brand new prospective agent or manager, and then they ask you, “So, why did you leave your last agent?” How do you answer this question? My advice for you is that you don’t. Now, I don’t mean make up a story or be cryptic. I just mean that the details of why you left your representation are no one’s business but your own.

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The Fortune is in the Follow Through

How familiar does this scenario sound? You meet a director, an agent, or a producer at an industry event, and she asks you to stay in touch. So, you email her. Maybe you even e-mail her a couple of times. But you never hear back. So, you figure that she’s rejected you in some way. Now, you’re afraid to follow up because you don’t want to be pushy or annoying or desperate. So, you decide to let it slide and never reach out to that person again. Was that the right move or did you lose a golden opportunity because you failed to follow up in the right way? Watch this week’s Acting Business Bite to find out why the fortune is in the follow up.

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How to Get In Good with the Gatekeeper

Priscilla here, Dallas’ Program Coordinator and one of her gatekeepers. Gatekeepers aren’t trolls under the bridge waiting to stop you from getting where you want to go. We’re better looking and no where near as scary. In fact, my job is to help you.

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Should You Ever Turn an Audition Down?

Ok… You finally got an audition for a juicy part in a film. But, guess what? You don’t like the material. So now what? Do you go anyway for fear of offending your agent? Or do you politely decline and save everybody some time? This week’s Acting Business Bite will help guide you to make the decision that’s best for you.

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Feeling Out Your Facebook Fans

Let’s talk about your Facebook friends and fans. I’m guessing you have a lot of fans who you may not know, so how can you add value and give back to the people who support you most without wasting a lot of time or losing your privacy? Watch this week’s video to find out ways to seamlessly say “No Thanks”, without disappointing anyone, feeling bad, or being rude.

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3 Steps to Writing a Terrific Twitter Bio

Capturing your essence in a clever, dynamic, and unique way all in less than 160 characters is a challenge. Yet, that’s exactly what you must do in order to have a Twitter bio that stands out, attracts followers, and gathers opportunities. The secret to a compelling Twitter bio boils down to two key ingredients: connection and credibility.

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4 Ways to Give Thanks All Year Long

Ah, the holiday season! The perfect time to express your thanks to your agent, your acting teacher, and your industry fans with a holiday gift. Or is it?

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