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The Truth About Actor Branding & Booking More Acting Jobs [Pt. 3 of 3]

BRANDING FOR ACTORS

This is Part 3 of a 3-part series on why ACTOR BRANDING is such an important part of your acting career:

Part 1 – Actor Branding — If You Don't Brand Yourself Now, You'll Hate Yourself Later
Part 2 –  Actor Branding vs. Typecasting – Here’s What Wins
Part 3 – [You Are Here]  The Truth About Actor Branding & Booking More Acting Jobs

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“Branding won't work for me because…”

Have you ever had that thought?

A lot of actors who haven't watched this video series (especially video No. 3) have.

Here's the truth about branding … Read more >>

Actor Branding vs. Typecasting – Here’s What Wins [Pt. 2 of 3]

branding for actors vs typcasting

This is Part 2 of a 3-part series on why ACTOR BRANDING is such an important part of your acting career:

Part 1 – Actor Branding — If You Don't Brand Yourself Now, You'll Hate Yourself Later
Part 2 – [You Are Here] Actor Branding vs. Typecasting – Here’s What Wins
Part 3 – The Truth About Actor Branding & Booking More Acting Jobs

What if it sticks?

“OMG…What if I brand myself and I get STUCK with that role…FOREVER?”

That’s the fear most actors have who don’t understand what actor branding is (and the power you’ll have over your acting career when you deploy actor branding correctly).

Guess what those fearful, unbranded actors have confused branding with?

Yup. You guessed it…typecasting.

Yes, I know — on the surface, and if you don't really know how to use actor branding seamlessly to give your acting career the shot of adrenaline it is dying for, they seem similar…

But are they the same? Read more >>

Actor Branding: If You Don’t Brand Yourself Now, You’ll Hate Yourself Later [Pt. 1 of 3]

branding for actors

This is Part 1 of a 3-part series on why BRANDING is such an important part of your acting career:

Part 1[You Are Here] – Branding For Actors — If You Don't Brand Yourself Now, You'll Hate Yourself Later
Part 2 – Actor Branding vs. Typecasting – Here’s What Wins
Part 3 – The Truth About Actor Branding & Booking More Acting Jobs

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Raise your hand if you've ever said:

“I hate all that branding & marketing stuff – I just want to ACT!”

If you've experienced dread or just plain ol' distaste about “branding & marketing” yourself as an actor, that makes total sense.

What creative artist wouldn't?

After all, you were trained to create — to embody a character and tell a story…Not “brand yourself” and do marketing.

Ick!

But what if you could do both without that icky feeling at all? Read more >>

WORKING ACTOR TIP: How To Pass On An Acting Project Gracefully (Without Insulting The Filmmakers or Casting)

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If you're a working actor, you know that sometimes you have to say no to an audition or an offer.

If you're NOT working yet, it may seem hard to believe that you'll be passing on any audition or offer, but your time will come.

And whether you're working now or will be in the future, you need to know how to pass on a project with grace (and without insulting anyone like the Casting Director, the Director, Producer, etc.)

So, if you want to know how the best working actors handle this tricky situation, please watch this video… Read more >>

Ever Felt Like Quitting Acting? WAIT! Do This Instead…

Ever felt like quitting acting?

Ever felt defeated by the business and by your own acting career?

Ever heard that little voice of doubt prompting you to say to yourself:

“Ugh, should I just quit acting?”

WAIT!

Before you do anything like that, please watch this video… Read more >>

What I Know For Sure About Actors

In the back of every The Oprah Magazine, Oprah Winfrey writes a little article called “What I Know For Sure”. I love these pieces because they are from her heart and they speak her truth.

So, since this is a special time of year, I wanted to take a moment to share with you what I know for sure about actors…about YOU and hope it inspires you… or at least brings a little smile to your face.

Having worked with thousands of actors like you over the years – from brand-spanking new to working actors to household names and beyond – there are some things I’ve become keenly aware of about YOU…even some things that you don’t notice about yourself, so I thought I’d share them here. Read more >>

5 Things Every Actor Needs To Know About Acting Demo Reels (If You Want Yours Watched)

“What makes a Casting Director or Agent watch your demo reel?”

Have you ever wondered?…

Of course!  What professional actor hasn't?

In fact, there are several key questions you absolutely SHOULD be asking when it comes to making a compelling demo reel that casting directors, agents, managers, producers or directors will watch.

In this video blog, we'll cover the 5 most common questions about demo reels:

  1. What are “they” looking for in my demo reel?
  2. What should go on my demo reel?
  3. What should I do if I have no footage yet?
  4. How long should my demo reel be?
  5. How should I organize my clips on my demo reel?

Read more >>

Do You REALLY Have To Move To LA or NY To Make It As An Actor?

If you're an actor and you're NOT in L.A. or N.Y., you've probably asked yourself these questions:

  • Do I have to move to Los Angeles or New York City to be successful as an actor?
  • Can I make it as an actor from where I live now?
  • How do I know if a move to L.A. or N.Y. is right for me and my acting career?

Those are all good questions.

And there are A LOT of opportunities in L.A. and N.Y. for actors…BUT… Read more >>

The Acting Class Bottom Line: How Much Does A Good One Cost? [Pt. 3 of 3]

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This post is the second in a 3-part series on “6 Steps To Find The Perfect Acting Class For You”.

Part 1: Finding The Perfect Acting Class; Sorting, Sifting & Being Specific
Part 2: 6 Things To Look For When You Audit An Acting Class
Part 3: [You Are Here] Price, Value & Location of The Perfect Acting Class

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In the first post, I gave you 3 important steps in our 6-step process to help you find, focus and narrow down your acting class choices.

In the second post, I addressed step 4 and showed you 6 important things to look for when you’re auditing potential acting classes.

Now that you’ve narrowed down your potential class and teacher candidates, this post will pick up where the second post left off, and give you the answer to 2 final important questions…

“How much should a good acting class cost?”

“What if there’s no good classes near me?”

Let’s dig into the next step in the process… Read more >>

The Perfect Acting Class (Pt. 2 of 3) – 6 Things To Look For When You Audit An Acting Class

6 Things To Look For When You Audit An Acting Class

This post is the second in a 3-part series on “Finding The Perfect Acting Class in 6 Simple Steps”.

Part 1: Finding The Perfect Acting Class; Sorting, Sifting & Being Specific
Part 2:  [You Are Here] 6 Things To Look For When You Audit An Acting Class
Part 3: The Acting Class Bottom Line: How Much Does A Good One Cost?

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In my previous post, I addressed the “sorting, sifting and being specific” when it comes to finding potential new classes and teachers and gave you 3 important steps in our 6-step process to help you focus and narrow down your choices , specifically:

  • Zeroing in on the goal you’re trying to achieve with this particular class…
  • Identifying the specific hole in your skill set that you want to to fill by taking this class…
  • How to create, vet and narrow down your list of contenders

If you missed the first post, I highly recommend you read it BEFORE you move on to this post.

OK, if you’re still here, then you know that we covered the first 3 of the 6 steps and left you ready to answer one, gigantic question… Read more >>