(Blog) How To FINALLY Get An Acting Agent!

***Note: This is an excerpt from Lisa Gold’s Amazing Course “How To Get And Keep An Agent“, and I have printed some of the first lesson here, because it’s WORTH sharing!***

Imagine this for a minute:

You’ve been performing, rehearsing, and working hard on marketing yourself with the help of a business coach, looking for an agent either for commercials, TV and Film, or stage.

Then… an agent calls you.

They liked your marketing tools.
They liked what was on your resume.
You are a possible fit for their talent pool and they are calling you in.

So let’s make sure you’re prepared because this is a real opportunity.



“Where PREPARATION meets opportunity
– that’s called a Big Break!”-Lisa Gold


None of that other airy fairy stuff you’ve heard.

Sometimes you’re prepared and there’s no opportunity…sometimes there’s an opportunity, and you’re not prepared.

This is your job as an actor…to make sure you have BOTH.

So the first thing that I recommend you get ready with NOW is your performance material to show your stuff. What stuff?

Your ACTING chops, of course.

New York and Los Angeles are different in what agents like to see and hear but I always suggest you have two contrasting, one-minute monologues in your arsenal of repertoire.

One minute or less is best.

Why, you ask? Because this is the “YouTube Generation” and how do YOU operate when somebody sends you a video?

We have short attention spans these days. You’ll click on it and about 30-40 seconds in, you’re going to make a decision whether or not you want to watch the rest of the three minute video-

Amirite?

Now, imagine being an agent watching monologues all day long, or several in a row and how many times they wish they could be “clicking off”. So keep it short and sweet.

If you’re not a fit or they don’t like your work, then there’s not time for that icky “wish they would stop” vibe. And if they’re LOVING you and it ends too soon, you’ll leave them wanting more.

Yes, that’s the ticket! ONE Minute or less.

 

Do you need to do a comedic and
dramatic monologue as a contrast?
No, no, no, no, no.


Did you get that?

No.

Very few people are excellent at both.
Go with your strength.

You CAN find two contrasting monologues within an arena (archetype of character) that you would most likely be playing. And what you’d most likely be playing is WHAT YOU LOOK LIKE.

I know, I know- you have “range”, and you’ve be trained to become “anybody”, but that’s not what an Agent wants to see- they want to see how they can SELL you.

What agents are really looking for when watching you do a monologue or a scene is something interesting. You needn’t make them laugh out loud or have tears in their eyes, you only need to hold their attention.

This translates later to holding the audience’s attention that bought the ticket to see you perform.

THAT’s what an agent is looking for.

And by the way, you must KNOW these monologues backwards and forwards. Absolutely down pat.
No exceptions.
This way, if you are nervous or a bit frightened, you have your memory to rely on. Don’t try out a new monologue in an agent’s office. Save it for class.

You also need to have your cold reading skills in excellent shape.

Having the ability to connect with either a reader or the agent directly is key. You can mess up the words as long as you are communicating the essence of the text and the meaning of the scene.

They want to “feel” you ARE this character, and not “acting” like the character.

RECAP:

Be PREPARED with great audition material.
Keep it short and sweet and have your skills sharp.
Connect and be interesting.

Get Lisa’s Special Ecourse “How To Get And Keep An Agent”, along with her free report: “10 Inside Acting Secrets”
By Clicking Here



I absolutely recommend ALL of Lisa Gold’s Videos and Courses for actors at all stages of success.

The really successful professionals NEVER STOP LEARNING.

 

Sheila Says You Won’t Read This Whole Post

This is probably the biggest sticking point with actors and people who are used to having a job instead of being a business person. I absolutely have to address it:

They don’t know the difference between spending and investing.

Here’s an example:

An actor will bitch and moan about “spending” money on a head shot because it’s “just a picture.”

They have a point. It is just a picture.

But to someone who understands that it’s part of how their business is represented, it is far more than just a picture.

It becomes an investment in their business.

 

You see, that picture may get you into more auditions than the head shot your friend took, and therefore make you more money.

A lot more money.

Therefore that good head shot that you paid a lot for is WORTH more to you and your business.

If you book a commercial that makes you $50,000, then how much is that head shot worth?

The problem is, you never can tell.

It may not have anything to do with your head shot.

It may have nothing to do with anything.

But then again, it might.

So you HAVE to invest… If you’re running a business.

If you’re just hoping people come to see your play in the church basement, then none of this matters. Then it’s just an expense. Then you have a hobby. Let’s do another:

How much is a class “worth”?

If a class for clowning teaches you how to be a clown, and you learn it, and then you get a job as a clown because of it- the class was worth thousands of dollars, wasn’t it?

If you want to be a factory worker, then the clown class is worthless to you, even though it might make work more fun.

Did you go to college?

How much is college “worth”?

Well, it depends on what kind of return you are expecting. Some people go to school in order to get a better job. Sometimes that works out. Sometimes it doesn’t.

A very good friend of mine went to USC for film, and when he got out, he didn’t get a big film job, and now he owes $125,000 at 8% interest.

That didn’t work out for him.

Some are lucky enough to get a job when they come out of school to find out that the money they make is less than what they owe in student debt!

Others go “just ‘cuz that’s what people do!”

The experience and it’s “worth” all depends on what you are expecting as a result, right?

So- if you buy the No More Waiters Gold Package, and never use any of the knowledge, then you “spent” money.

But when you buy it and actually apply the information in it, let it springboard you to get free from your day job, go on to a profitable career as an artist, and live the life of your dreams, how much is that “worth”?

Let me give you another example if that last one was too… “salesy” and “self-serving” for you to accept the wisdom in it.

When Captain Kirk’s Guide To Women came out (the Star Trek book I wrote), I knew I wanted to make a big splash and sell a lot of copies.

I found some info online, and eventually found an expert who teaches some techniques for book promotion, and to talk with her was….

$1000.

For an Hour.

$1000 for an hour.

$1000 FOR AN HOUR ON THE PHONE.

Was I an idiot?

Was I a sucker?

What on EARTH could she possibly say that would be worth $1000 an hour?

I know most people reading that would be absolutely shocked to think that it might be worth it.

But let’s do the math…

If I have a book to sell, and I make $7 per book, if I use her techniques, how many books would I have to sell to make an extra $1000?

About 143 books.

So, if I thought that her advice would help me sell an extra 143 books, it would be worth it.

It was.

In fact, I sold several hundred extra copies just because of that conversation.

Not only that, it was knowledge that I didn’t have before, so I had it for the NEXT book I wrote.

And the one after that.

So then how much was it “worth”?

A lot more than $1000

It was priceless.

Probably one of the best investments of $1000 I’ve ever made.

Does that make sense?

In fact, although I got a lot out of the hour I spent with her, it was really just one sentence in that conversation that made all the difference.

ONE SENTENCE WAS PRICELESS TO ME.

So, hopefully you get the idea that there is a difference between “spending” your money on some stupid thing and “investing” in your own mind and business.

Wait- Invest in your MIND?

I buy a ton of courses and information about how to do things better because almost every one has a little nugget that I can use to build my business, or expand my mind.

In my No More Waiters courses, I show several small ways to make money without a day job, so you can go be a full-time actor like I did.

It cost me thousands of dollars and years of time to make it simple to understand and easy to get started.

There are several of those priceless “One Sentences” in my videos, but many people miss them because they aren’t looking for them.

They’re looking for the “get rich and get famous” result.

As a professional business owner whose business is the service of creating and embodying characters that serve a director’s vision, you must realize that you will have to continue to learn more and gain more knowledge so you can apply it.

STOP- Did you get that just now?

Did you read the PRICELESS sentence I just dropped in there?

The definition of the actor’s business.

The whole “Service of creating characters….” thing.

Missed it? Read it again.

Did you already quit reading because you “know” everything?

Then my courses aren’t for you.

You see, I like helping people who understand what an investment is.

Because the REAL investment is always in your MIND.

It’s not the house, or the business, or the website that makes you money- it’s the knowledge that you applied that does it

Just like acting.

I’m a better performer now because I have been practicing for years. But I got started back then. I had to GET STARTED.

I had to INVEST in learning to quit my day job, then I had to INVEST the time and energy to be on stage and on camera.

I didn’t SPEND money on books and courses- I INVESTED in my mind.

What are YOU spending your money and time doing?

Working a job?

Waiting tables?

Watching babies?

Walking dogs?

I hope this blog post has gotten you to think about a number of things, and mainly that you invest your money and time into getting one of my books and courses.

That’s right- I INVESTED the time and energy into writing this so that YOU would INVEST back into me.

The right people will… many already have.

If that’s you, you’ll CLICK HERE and buy the No More Waiters Gold package right now.

If not, that’s fine. If you read this far, by now you want to. So you will later.

Bold, huh? That’s right.

Pushy? That’s right.

“Salesy”? Yup.

Because I’ve learned the difference between spending my TIME and investing it.

Because I’ve learned the difference between spending my MONEY and investing it.

Because I’ve learned the difference between spending my LIFE and investing it.

I hope you choose to do the same.

Oh- and while you’re at it, SHARE THIS and invest in OTHER people who will benefit from hearing it.

Or, just acknowledge that you SPENT time reading it.

 

Why Some Actors Will Never Work At A Restaurant Again!

“There are two kinds of Actors- Those who bring the check to the table, and those who GET THE CHECK in the mail.”- a quote from the ABC NEWS story here.

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Hundreds of Actors in New York and Los Angeles are earning money in other ways aside from waiting tables or bartending, and they have one man to thank for it:

Bones Rodriguez– Author of “No More Waiters: How To Build Your Acting Business Without A Day Job

“I tell people all the time” Rodriguez says, “Once they get the idea that they don’t have to trade their time for money, the pursuit of the acting career is far easier”.

Rodriguez is an actor in New York city, and has been seen in dozens of commercials which have earned him almost $400,000 throughout his career, so he’s no amateur.

He confesses that he hasn’t pursued film and TV like he should, but that all changed recently after going in for a Network Test for an ABC Pilot.

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“I realized that although I was comfortable doing commercials, it was time to expand” he says, “But I also know that there are people who need help getting out of the gate, and that’s who my book is for.”

It’s easy to assume Rodriguez is running some “get rich quick scheme”, but the truth is that he is just teaching a number of ideas, and the myriad of ways an actor can get paid.

One very simple idea is to create “online vending machines” that sell something that someone else makes.

“When I tell people that I help them make money without a day job, they assume I mean some crazy scam, but when I say ‘think of a vending machine’, it becomes clearer.”

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He has dozens of great testimonials for his No More Waiters book and courses, and there are several videos on Youtube preaching the gospel.

If you like the idea of not having a day job, so you can pursue an acting career, then look at the testimonials, and allow yourself to be enlightened.

 

CLICK HERE FOR NO MORE WAITERS

(Part 2) The Producers Guide To The Perfect Headshot, Part 2

Wow!

Recently, I wrote a blog post about headshots that a lot of people found helpful and insightful. 

It kinda went viral among the professional actor crowd, and people left me great feedback, and shared it around the interwebs.

I am pretty proud of that, and it made me want to write some more.

I’m glad I wrote it, but I can’t take all the credit; I was just reporting on what I had learned from Bob Fraser, from all his years as an actor, director, and producer before he passed away.

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People started emailing me and messaging me privately on facebook, and wanted me to look at their headshots and all of that, but I kinda shy away from it because the entire philosophy around my business is helping actors take control of your own business and your own life.

And yet, of course people want advice and help!

So, rather than write to everyone individually, I had people post their headshots in the comments of a different facebook post, so I got to see a lot of people’s headshots.

They ranged from the veteran professional, to the newbie, to the retired person looking to start a new career.

(Add yours to the post by clicking here)

You might also want to check out “No More Waiters” graduate Ashley Wool’s facebook group: “Headshot Critique For Actors

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But here’s the thing.

I don’t ask ACTORS what they think of my headshots, because they aren’t the people who BUY my services as an actor.

You get it?

That’s why I like Bob Fraser’s work so much because he was a DIRECTOR and also the person with the REAL power- a PRODUCER.

So, I am here passing on tips from a PRODUCER.

Download My FREE HEADSHOT CHECKLIST by clicking here.

Since people enjoyed the last post so much, I figured I’d deliver a “part 2” to the training he did:

YOU ARE TRYING TO SELL A CHARACTER:

YOU.

Although I mentioned this idea in the last post, it means a lot more than just as a footnote.

It should inform the entire shot.

And to that affect, Bob Fraser had a lot to say about how to CROP your pictures for maximum effect.

A lot of people get their headshots to kind of be a “one stop shot” of themselves, and want to use it for many different purposes.

This makes total sense, and my friend Lisa Gold, who is an excellent acting business coach says that actors should use ONE shot over and over so that casting directors learn it.

But, let’s take a look at two in particular, and please remember that this is my opinion based on what I THINK would be Bob’s opinion, and he even said that the opinion isn’t worth much.

He said to concentrate on whether it WORKS or not.

Again, this is just my opinion of what I THINK someone else’s opinion MIGHT be.

This is Mary Looram, she is getting back into the business, and posted this headshot on that thread:

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But Bob Fraser said that what you want to do is CROP the picture so that your EYES and FACE are the focal point, and to CONNECT with the camera.

She’s a lovely woman, and her smile is certainly a nice one.

But look at all that SPACE above her head.

Her folded arms aren’t really making me come closer to her, and her shirt is a little distracting.

Isn’t she also kinda F A R   A W A Y to connect with her?

So, I took her picture and just CROPPED it a bit to bring her close in, and concentrate on that beautiful smile, and those warm eyes that really make you feel like she’s about to hug you!

 

Mary Looram

 

Don’t you want to call this woman in? Even if it’s just to make you cookies!

Again, just my opinion of what I think someone else’s opinion MIGHT be.

But you take a look side by side, and tell me who YOU’d rather call in:

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Download My FREE HEADSHOT CHECKLIST HERE

 

To illustrate this further, let’s take a look at another one,

this time a man, Alvin Kershaw:

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This is another case of being a great smile, but so far away!

His body also fades into the background because he’s wearing that black shirt.

What if we CROPPED away the unnecessary stuff, and just captured that radiant, friendly face:

Alvin Kershaw

 Wouldn’t you want this guy to come over and have a beer with you?

 How about to come in, and read for the “fun black friend” of the white guy superhero?

I mean, we HAVE to have to know that our  white guy super hero is “down”, and has black friends… in jail, right?

(Ahem, Ant Man)

DAMMIT. BUT, WE’LL TAKE IT!

So, let’s call this guy in for that.

Let’s see them side by side, and tell me who you’d call in:

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Well, here’s the final note on all of this, again, just stuff I learned from Bob Fraser.

No matter what your headshot looks like, they will call in the guy they KNOW with a bad headshot before the guy they DON’T know with a great one.

I mention this because someone on that facebook thread said that he has booked  number of  films without ever having a headshot, and some of the actors in the group kinda jumped down his throat.

But I said that if he can get in the room without one, then GREAT- that’s where you WANT to be!

Download My FREE HEADSHOT CHECKLIST HERE

 

When the people who NEED your services know who you are, and want for YOU to come in and show what you can do for them, that’s the WHOLE point of being in business!

And remember- we’re in BUSINESS.

So, use your headshot as the best flyer advertisement for your service business that you can!

If you appreciated the time I took to write this out and would like to show me, then leave me a comment, and SHARE IT so other people can benefit from Bob’s advice!

Let Your Light So Shine Before Men,

Bones Rodriguez

P.S.-

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That Time 4 Lesbians Kicked Me Out Of The Audition

Is it OK that I called them lesbians?

It just makes the story better is all.

You’ll see…

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My name is Bones Rodriguez, and I’m an actor born and raised in New York City where I live with my wife and son. We live on the upper west side where I grew up, but New York is a much different place than when I was growing up here.

I was very upset when Disney changed 42nd street because all through my adolescence I was looking forward to being old enough to go to the porn stores and pick up a hooker or something.

I had big goals.

But the reason I tell you all of that is to let you know that I say what’s on my mind.

New Yorkers are said to be rude, but actually we’re just “truthful”.

That’s one reason I haven’t made the move to Hollywood yet.

The other is that Spielberg hasn’t called yet.

Been there, lived there, shot stuff there, but haven’t made the switch.

I like when people tell you what’s on their mind instead of lying to your face, and talking trash behind your back. I recently found out that a casting director has been doing that because of a comedy choice I made in a recent audition.

I told a new actor that, and she was horrified “Oh no… you men you’re BLACKLISTED?!?!” like it was the end of my life or something.

It made me think of this story:

“That Time 4 Lesbians Kicked Me Out Of An Audition”

So this is back when I was still non-union doing the hustle of freelancing with different commercial agents. When one called me, I made sure to tell the others that “so and so beat you to me”.

That’s a tip. Always let them know when they missed out on making money with you.

I was getting pretty popular as this “ethnically ambiguous” smiley guy;

  • If you want someone definitely black, it isn’t me (even though I partly am).
  • If you want someone definitely latino, it isn’t me (even though I totally am)
  • If you want someone definitely Arabic/middle eastern/Egyptian, it isn’t me (even though I have great eyelashes)

But-

When you want all three looks while only paying for one- I’m your guy.

Especially if you wanted him to sound “ethnic, but not too ethnic”.

I can say that.

Directors can’t; they try, and they speak in code words like “urban” or “standard”. I even had one guy tell me to “white it up”, but hey- I knew what he meant, I did it, and I got paid.

But this time I was going in for HARLEY-DAVIDSON.

Y’know, the motorcycles.

No, I’ve never been on one.

Never on a Harley,

Or a Davidson.

Or a motorcycle for that matter.

Remember, I was born and raised in New York City.

But… I guess they called me in because they wanted to… expand their demographics?

Maybe there weren’t enough Black/Latino/Arabs riding Harleys.

Whatever. I am used to subway surfing, so it’s probably the same thing, right?

I walk into Don Case casting (I even remember that Tisha was running it), and there were 4 nicely dressed pant-suit women at the desk behind the camera.

I say pant-suit women because I expected Harley Davidson execs to be beer guzzling zz top looking guys.

But no,  just some… pant-suit women.

I walked in with a few other guys, all wide-eyed at the idea of booking a commercial.

I had already been full-time for a while.

So Tisha says: “Ok Bones, this is pretty simple, we just want  you to imagine you’re getting on a Harley for the first time, and we want to see what that feels like..”

 

And one of the Pants-Suits says “Yeah, like you get a boost of confidence.”

Another one says “Like you feel like a super-hero all of a sudden”

and there was a little bit of a chorus of words in the room, until one just said “Do you know what we mean?”

and I said exactly what I thought they meant, exactly what you are thinking:

“Yeah, I get it- like my Dick just grew bigger…”

Silence.

Not even a giggle.

I mean, like I whipped it out to show them or something!

Wasn’t this HARLEY DAVIDSON?

Chug a beer, crush it in your hand, and throw it at the suit while you drive away with his girlfriend, HARLEY DAVIDSON?

Apparently not.

Actually, one of the other actors started to nod his head like he was about to say the same thing, but when he heard the din of silence that followed my delivery, he froze in place.

Tisha cleared her throat, and walked over to the camera, and just said “and.. action”.

Not Tisha

I knew the job was lost, but I’m a pro.

I acted as if my dick had grown bigger.

Not too much (don’t want to frighten anyone away), but just a little bit.

Big, confident smile.

But remember that scene in TOTAL RECALL when the Arnold is about to give up (wait-you knew I was talking Arnold and not Colin, right? RIGHT?) but then he sees the bead of sweat going down the guy’s forehead?

That was me. The guy who Arnold shoots in the head right before the walls come crashing down, and he has to escape before the mind police come and get him.

Except it was the pant suits who shot me in the head, and the door opened with a “Thank You” before I could even say “I’ll be (at the call) back”

Terrible Arnold Schwarzenegger joke. I should really delete that.

As I left, I saw the pant-suit women all start kissing each other and making out as the door closed.

 I may have made that last part up, but that’s why I thought they were lesbians.

Nothing else.

So what’s the end of the story?

You’re probably hoping that my dick reference got me the job, but I’m sorry to say that I have yet to book a job because of my dick.

Not an ACTING JOB at least (wink, wink-amirite?)

No, the end of this story is that I dont think I went back to Don Case for years after that.

But the reason I didn’t do that is because I went union, started booking big-ass work, and signed with Paradigm, who I have been with for over a decade.

That huge embarassment made not one iota of difference in my career, and so you should stop worrying about that one stupid thing you did one time.

It happened, move on.

Make them regret not using you.

And EVERYTIME you go into an audition room, I want you to imagine your dick just grew!

If you liked this story, were inspired, or think some other people would benefit from it, SHARE IT, I wrote it to affect people who could use some Information, inspiration, and motivation.

And if you want some more of that yourself, get my book “No More Waiters- How To Build Your Acting Business Without A Day Job

 

Turning “Labor Day” Into a 7-Day Weekend!

“If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life”
 
-Said someone who doesn’t celebrate a 3-day weekend.
 
A lot of my crowd is using this weekend to write, shoot, perform, rehearse or practice their art. 
 

Trying to GET RID of their “labor” of a day job.I call them “Entreperformers”- Entrepreneurs and Performers.

 
It’s that DESIRE to do the “work” so much, that you feel like it’s PLAY, and you probably work harder than you would if someone were paying you to do it.
 
Most people feel that way about SOMETHING.
 
You probably spend your “Holidays” and your “Days Off” doing it.
 
Or talking about it.
 

Or sharing on social media about itOr Blogging about it.

 
But you likely do NOT get paid for it.
 
So I’m inviting you to my:
 
 
See, for a while I’ve been telling actors and other performers that we can actually MONETIZE our art ourselves.
 
Without Waiting tables, waiting for perfection, or waiting to be discovered.
 
 
My tagline is “There are two kinds of actors- those who bring the check to the table, and those who get the check in the mail… Which Do You Want To Be?”
 
But I don’t want this to be some big ad for my special sale that you should buy right now. (Wink)
 
 
My friend and client Michael Mingoia wrote me a great message last night:
 
 
Bones– thank you for your most recent blog post. You’ve reminded me and inspired me to work on my passion project instead of taking a day off from doing what I already love to do! “Labor Day” will be my official “Productivity Day!”
 
It inspired me.
Weird, right?
He was inspired by me, and then he turned around and inspired me back.
That’s how it works. You can be the SOURCE for what you want. If you want love, someone. If you want a punch, punch someone.
His email (about my email) got me thinking about the people I haven’t reached yet.
YOU.
Recently, I did a 4-week course teaching how you can blog about, and monetize your art, your hobby, and your playtime.
It’s a simple idea: Bring certain kinds of people together, and let them buy stuff from people who give you a commission.
 
So, if you’re a cat lover, and you can make a blog about cats, you can find products that cat lovers will buy, and get a commission when cat lovers buy them.
 
Simple, right?
 
And if you’re an artist, maybe you bring together a certain kind of person through your art- those people buy stuff too.
 
You can make money without selling out, without being a shill, and without trading your hours away everyday.
 
Without LABORING.
 
So today is Labor day, and I’m about to go out with my wife and son to the park to play with bubbles and in the sprinklers.
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A lot of people will be doing that today.
 
But we’ll be doing it tomorrow too.
 
And if I get called for an audition, I can just go.
 
And if I want to shoot a video tomorrow, I will.
 
Or write a blog post, or talk about Star Trek, or play HALO, or kiss my wife, or change a diaper, or create a new website, or write a new book, or see my mom, or whatever.
 
But tomorrow, I definitely won’t LABOR.
So, if you go back to work tomorrow (or are even sad that you won’t be), I want you to maybe take a second and look around at what you might make into a business for yourself.
If you’re an actor, you’ll probably enjoy my book and videos, but if not, you might really like the “get paid to blog about what you love” idea.
Have a great day, and I hope you share this so YOU can be the source of inspiration for someone else.
 
– Bones, the guy who wants you to have a 7-day “Anti-Labor” weekend!!

This Video Makes Me Like AUSTRALIAN Actors Even More!

So I met this guy online…

Wait…Not like that.

I mean, that he sent me a friend request,
and sends me a very cool video as a testimonial for my course for actors.

Wait- for real…

 

Do you know how often I speak to American Actors who bitch and moan about everything?

 

I mean, they aren’t seen for this, they are angry because someone else got the job, because no one recognizes their “GENIUS” acting abilities (mostly because they aren’t doing anything), and it gets so tiring.

This guy Chris is taking the opportunities that are in front of him, and he’s out working. Then he comes home, learns some more from me and my course, and then makes me a video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQWck_fBJQM

AND HE TELLS PEOPLE ABOUT BUYING MY COURSE

Gotta love that.

So I called him, and we chatted for a bit about what he’s learned, and how he wants to apply what he’s learned so far.

We had a GREAT conversation.

Because he’s excited for his future, he’s moving forward…

 

and he’s got a REALLY FUNNY ACCENT.

 

 

What about YOU?

Are you too busy bitching and moaning, or are you focusing on the good stuff in your life?

I know that I’m guilty of “poor me” syndrome on occasion.

I can get real down about when something doesn’t work out the way I want it to.

(And that’s most of the time)

But fortunately, I get to be a mentor to people to keep me excited and optimistic.

People like Chris, Ronald, Miranda, and a few others who are all motivated by me, and yet motivate me too.

Find yourself a good group to hang out with- in person or virtually, and let them spark your fire.

Soon enough, you’ll be sparking theirs, and all of you will encourage and motivate each other.

It’s called “Being the Source”:

Whatever you want in life, be the source of it for others.

So:

  • If you want motivation, then motivate others.
  • If you want a hug, hug others.
  • If you want LOVE, love someone else.
  • If you want a punch in the mouth, punch someone in the mouth!

 So, next time you feel like it’s all worthless, remember to show gratitude for something or someone- they might need it too!

And if you want something to be grateful for, come learn to quit your day job and become a full-time actor.

Then YOU can make a video for me too! 

 

 P.S.- Don’t be mad at me for luring you here with Hugh Jackman. This post was still totally worth it!

Ok, OK, you can see more here.

 

(Did I say what you would see?)

 

A Producers Guide To The Perfect Headshot

I’ve been a full-time actor for about 13 years now, and I have to admit that I haven’t gotten as many headshots as I should have in that amount of time.

Recently, I’ve decided that it’s time for new headshots, and I wanted to be sure I reviewed some great tips I got from the Late Great Bob Fraser, who was an accomplished actor, director, and most importantly- PRODUCER.

bob-fraser

 Bob used to sell a course for actors called “You Must Act”, along with other great courses, and I bought ALL of his stuff- it was always packed of great information, and got me motivated to keep moving.

We were working on creating a product together, because he would teach actors about the business of acting, and I would teach them how to quit your day job, so you can be free to be a full-time actor.

Together, we would have made a great team! I would get people FREE of the day job, and he would make them STARS!

Unfortunately, he passed away a while ago, and his family chose to not make his great products available anymore, so I have chosen to give you some of his tips from his fantastic headshot book “Headshot Secrets”:

The most important part of a headshot is that it LOOK LIKE YOU! As Bob says:

 

“So your first bit of homework is to take the time, each day, to repeat
the most important and basic mind-set adjustments, until they
become second nature to you:
◊ I look like me.
◊ I must get comfortable with it.
◊ I must use how I look to my advantage.
Here are the first few ‘baby steps’ in adjusting your mind-set:
1. Work hard at becoming ‘okay’ with the way you look.
2. Dump the idea that a headshot gets you work. It
doesn’t. Your headshot will only get you the chance to
sell yourself.
3. Maintain your objectivity.
4. Focus on your REAL goal: Getting IN THE DOOR!”

Bob was very clear that we were in a BUSINESS, and his advice always came from a PRODUCERS point of view instead of as some fellow actor who is also just fumbling along the path.

 You see, too many actors are worried about if they look “good” or not, and should instead be looking at the headshot as an ADVERTISEMENT FOR THEIR ACTING BUSINESS.

He goes on to say this:

 

“If your headshot doesn’t work, you must get another one.

One more time:
If your headshot doesn’t work, you must get another one.”

 

Just like if you had an AD that didn’t work for a home business, you’d want to create a new one.

Isn’t that a REVELATION?

Instead of asking if you look “sexy”, you can just ask “Is it getting me in the door?”

Aside from some of the great tips I learned from Bob (Which people who are part of my mastermind have access to), I learned that when you are getting new headshots- it’s YOU who is the business owner- not the photographer, not your agent or manager- that it is all up to YOU.

That YOU should be selling a CHARACTER that you play well. 

Y’know how Paul Rudd is pretty much always playing a version of Paul Rudd?

Or how Chris Hemsworth is pretty much always playing a Hunky guy?

or how Scarlett Johanssen is pretty much always Scarlett Johansson?

 

THAT’S what the business is.

Sure, you want to have “range” and all of that, but for the BUSINESS, you need to know what you’re selling, and your headshot is the first way people know what you’re selling.

Look PAST the camera, connect with the viewer, and SELL that character!

Also- No Arms, stop cutting off your own head, and get a good photographer for God’s sake!

This is where people tell me that a good photographer is expensive, and I tell them to make money like I do  instead of waiting tables, walking dogs or watching babies!

So many actors don’t want to spend ANY money on their acting career because they think it’s a job- it is NOT a job- it’s a BUSINESS, and you absolutely have to stop being a penny-pinching loser with your business.

Your acting business is starving because you won’t pay for information, services, or anything because you think your “talent” will do it-

and that’s why most headshots suck.

and that’s why most actors careers suck

and that’s why most actors quit

Remember that you are SELLING your acting services, and you’ll have an advantage over all the other “artists” who are penny-pinching, broke and about to quit!

In PART 2 of “The Producer’s Guide To The Perfect Headshot”, I compare people’s headshots with before/afters, and give away the perfect headshot checklist…

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The One Thing 95% Of Actors Never Learn!

I think you’ll agree that actors learn a lot of very useful skills:

1- To Communicate an Idea

2- To Be Confident In Front Of A Crowd

3- To Command The Attention Of A Room

4- To Memorize Lines Of Dialogue

5- To Collaborate On A Project and To Share The Responsibility of it’s Completion

6- To Make The Lonely Feel Befriended

7-  To Smile even if you don’t feel like it.

And many, many other skills that come from practice, study, and experience.

 

But there’s one skill that 95% of actors NEVER learn,

and that’s why most “actors” over 30 are actually just “teachers”:

Actors Never learn:

 

The Skill To Get Money With Their Art

 

You see, if you went out into the regular workforce with those skills, you’d find that a lot of people want to hire you for all sorts of things. Many companies are in desperate need for

  • presenters
  • hosts
  • seminar leaders
  • sales people
  • sales trainers
  • focus group leaders
  • Team Building
  • Role playing
  • and Many, Many Other things. but even these all require TIME.

The problem is that as actors, we are all taught to be “stars” and to “Cry on cue” and wait tables and WAIT until someone discovers you in some play that no one is ever going to see. More wasted TIME.

What if we taught people to use those skills, and create a REAL INCOME, and one where they could make money, but still pursue all of the goals of being an actor?

I’m not talking about waiting tables either.

What if you could learn to have your own business, where your schedule was determined by YOU, and you could make money using your skills, but without a day job?

 

What if you could build your acting business without a day job?

(Click Here To Learn How)