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.
Does this sound familiar? First, you need to seek representation. Once you have an agent or manager, you will book more work. Then, once your resume is in place, you’ll develop this great reputation which will easily and naturally lead to good relationships within the industry. Most actors – and don’t worry if you’re one of them – think this is the acting success paradigm. The truth is you’re pursuing it completely backwards.
Let’s face it, actors, you are really busy people. Not only do a lot of you work a day J.O.B. (or sometimes a night J.O.B.) to keep the bills paid, but you’re also putting time, energy and focus into crafting an abundant, creative career. You have a lot to do, and sometimes, you take on too much. When an exciting acting opportunity pops up or there’s a chance to work an extra shift and bring in a little more money for the month, it’s tough to say no. But if you don’t have a good system in place to take care of yourself, you can easily get overwhelmed. Let’s take a look at a few strategies you can put into place that will keep you on track and avoid burnout.
This week’s Business Bite is for all the nine-to-fivers out there wondering how on Earth you can balance an acting career while working 40 hours a week. Well, I’m here to tell you that it IS possible + the key is not how much time you have to spend.
Let’s face it, there are SO ways for you to keep busy as an actor. But are you just busy being busy? Do you feel like you’re exerting a lot of effort and still not moving ahead? This is a marketing mistake I see so many actors falling into, and it doesn’t have to be this way.
Well, maybe a mastermind group won’t make you famous, but it will make you more productive, confident, and successful. If you’ve ever thought about forming a mastermind group or if you want to make sure your mastermind group rocks, you’ll love my article featured in Backstage.
An acting career is expensive with countless places to invest your cold hard cash. And if you’re like most actors, you want to put everything you can toward classes, subscriptions, and events but you don’t actually have a system in place designed to help you avoid over-spending so you can put your money where it matters most.
Alright, we all make mistakes, and I’m no exception. A couple of years ago, I published a blog post arguing why an actor doesn’t really need a website. Well, times have certainly changed. So, I admit it… I was wrong. Find out why by watching this week’s Acting Business Bite.
As an actor, what does it really mean to Turn Pro? Is it adding an awesome agent or manager to your team? Is it booking a pilot in the New Year? Is it supporting yourself financially solely through acting? Whatever Turning Pro means to you, click here to watch a special video I created outlining three crucial ingredients to help you Turn Pro in 2013. Warning: This video contains an awkward + awesome 90s rap reference… the awkward part is me.
One of the simplest and most effective ways to accomplish your goals is to rely on an accountability partner. Checking in with a buddy about your daily actions, your weekly accomplishments, your monthly roadblocks, and your yearly goals will keep you on track and actually help you generate bigger results quickly. My students often ask me, “Dallas, how do you get so much stuff done everyday?” My answer is simple. I have support. I rely on my accountability buddy to help me prioritize my immediate goals, take smart actions daily, and most importantly, celebrate the process. Believe it or not, I have three accountability partners. That’s right, three. I’m a big believer in the power of teamwork. So, I guess you could say that when it comes to accountability, I take a “more is merrier” approach. Now, you do not need to have three different accountability partners. Unless, of course, you want to. Instead, why don’t you pick the type of partnership that feels like the best fit for you. The Daily Buddy Check-In My first accountability buddy, Joanna and I begin every workday with a 7:00 am check-in phone call. Joanna and I are both building our businesses at a rapid rate. Though our businesses are different, we operate in the same way. We’re both quick decision makers, hard workers, and big thinkers. These similarities make us the perfect match for daily accountability calls. These calls last about twenty minutes and they’re designed to help us both laser in on the day’s top priorities. Joanna and I have been making these buddy calls since the beginning of the year and I credit them to helping me accomplish more in the last six months than I did in the previous twelve. These daily calls also provide an instant confidence boost because I’ve got a buddy to remind me everyday of the mini accomplishments that I often ignore when I’m working on my own. Here’s what the daily buddy check-in looks like: 1. Joanna calls me at 7:00 am sharp. 2. We each have ten minutes to share and we take…[ click here to read the full post ]