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 ]
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 ]