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 ]
Backstage Magazine featured my editorial on how to turn your new years resolutions on their heads. I’ve included it below. Enjoy! Let’s face it: No one really keeps their New Year’s resolutions. I know I haven’t. Admitting so allowed me to finally start accomplishing my goals. You can do it, too. Here’s how. First, narrow your goals down to fewer than three. Trust me, multitasking is a cunning form of resistance. So if you’ve got more than three goals happening, you’re spending too much time managing your goals and not enough time accomplishing them. Ironically, you’ll achieve more in the long term if you focus on fewer goals in the short term. Make your goals measurable. Set a timeline and define exactly what the endgame looks like. For example, shift your goal from “I want to support myself as an actor” to “I want to earn $40,000 or more acting in studio films before Dec. 31.” Write your three goals down and keep them where you can see them. This was one major mistake I made with resolutions in the past. I wrote a long list of goals and tucked the list away in a special drawer somewhere—out of sight, out of mind—and my resolutions were quickly forgotten. Next, create an action plan. An action plan provides you with structure and gives you a lot of freedom and confidence. Now you’ll know where you’re going, and you’ll be able to measure your progress along the way. Best of all, you can fall off track without falling off the planet. Identify, specifically, what steps you will take each month, each week, and each day to accomplish your goals. It’s not enough to define the steps; you have to schedule them as well. Make your goal-getting process easier to do than to avoid. This means scheduling focused time each day to work on your goals. With your plan in place, identify what bad habits prevent you from committing and moving quickly toward what you want. One of my students, Jeff, created a fantastic Web series in 2010. His goal for 2011 is…[ click here to read the full post ]
Clean Up, Clear Out, Create! As 2010 comes to an end, it’s time to clean up any unfinished business, clear the space for success next year, and create the framework for your best year yet! Celebrate 2010 STEP ONE: Make yourself comfortable. Play some music you love, grab some yummy food, light your favorite candle. With notepad, pen, and this year’s calendar, begin your Year 2010 Reflection. STEP TWO: Review 2010 and consider what you are most proud of in each of the following areas of your life: Career, Health, Personal Relationships, Professional Relationships, Confidence, Finances, Craft & Creativity, Marketing Tools & Business, Personal Growth, Spirituality, and of course, Fun. STEP THREE: Identify 3 primary intentions or beliefs that guided you in this year. Perhaps you might notice certain values popped up consistently throughout your year. STEP FOUR: Now look back through the year and consider what didn’t work as well as you had hoped. With compassion, consider the unrealized expectations, unexpected circumstances or interruptions, challenges, upsets or losses, gifts given and gifts received. STEP FIVE: Consider what, if anything, you feel incomplete about. What actions can you take to tie up any loose ends? STEP SIX: Finally, create a year-end ritual. How can you celebrate the challenges you moved through and success you enjoyed? How can you make a renewed commitment to yourself for the coming year? Create 2011! STEP SEVEN: What are you looking forward to in 2011? What 1 to 3 specific goals would you like to accomplish by the end of next year? STEP EIGHT: What changes do you anticipate or hope for in the next year? How would you like to create these changes in your life? Who might be able to help you succeed at these changes? STEP NINE: What life and career goals or intentions do you have for 2011? What are you building on or recommitting to from 2010? What’s new? What resources do you bring from 2010? What resources will you cultivate? STEP TEN: Which people do you wish to build stronger relationships with? Who would you like to attract into…[ click here to read the full post ]
I know, I know… the year is coming to an end. The holidays are practically upon us. The business is slowly winding to a quiet stop while we all indulge in turkey, gift-giving, and cold weather. Don’t fall victim to the November Acting Blues. Instead, amp up your efforts to end the year with a bang. Here are three quick tips to help you do just that. Always Be Marketing Regardless of how slow the industry may seem, casting directors still exist, agents still go to work, and producers continue to plan their future projects. Your audience is out there and they need to hear from you. You must be business savvy and consistently self-promote to your target audience. An actor’s audience consists of the agents who might represent you, the casting directors who may audition you, and the producers who will ultimately hire you. Consistent marketing is essential, during slower cycles in the business and even in a down economy. You can successfully self-promote without breaking the bank. For example, create a blog about your career. Blogging is absolutely free and simple to do. Visit a website such as Blogger or WordPress to create your very own blog. After your blog is created, update it daily with news, anecdotes, and career successes. Be sure to offer valuable content that readers want to hear. Then, invite your friends, colleagues, and other industry folk to follow your blog. By creating a blog, you’re not only in consistent communication with the industry, but you are also establishing your own fan base. As your blog grows, so will your popularity. Imagine how impressed a potential agent might feel when she Googles your name and uncovers your insightful blog with hundreds of readers. Blogging daily also allows you to stay connected to your career and offer insight to others. If you aren’t using Facebook as a marketing tool, start now. Facebook, along with Twitter, are free and easy ways to keep the communication lines open with the people you may know. Try connecting with the casting directors, agents, and producers you also want to…[ click here to read the full post ]
Watch as I walk some students through a simple, clear, yet flexible action plan process that gets you thinking big and moving quickly!
Every actor plays the waiting game. Regardless of if you’re waiting to hear about a student film auditions, an agent offer, or whether or not your pilot was picked up, waiting is part of your job. I know, I know, you’ve been told this a million times, but it’s true. You must be patient while you pursue your dream. Patience is indeed a virtue and it’s one that ironically becomes more challenging to master the closer you get to the finish line. Develop the Habit It has been said that it takes 21 days to form a habit. In order to increase your chances of success and avoid show business burnout, you must commit to habits rather than attach to any specific result. You must practice patience. You cannot control when your agent will call, when you’ll get your big break, or how often those residual checks come in, but you can control your own daily activity. Commit to developing the habits of a successful and balanced lifestyle. This goes back to The Rule of Seven. No one thing you do will make or break you, but you can create success by consistently doing one thing each day. Poet and writer, Ian Krieger, wrote the following about our friend, Mr. Habit. I am your constant companion. I am your greatest helper or heaviest burden. I will push you onward or drag you down to failure. I am completely at your command. Half of the things you do you might as well turn over to me and I will do them-quickly and correctly. I am easily managed – you must be firm with me. Show me exactly how you want something done and after a few lessons, I will do it automatically. I am the servant of great people, and alas of all failures as well. Those who are failures, I have made failures. I am not a machine though I work with the precision of a machine plus the intelligence of a person. You may run me for profit or run me for ruin – it makes no difference to…[ click here to read the full post ]