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A Career In Acting Needs An Environment That Supports It.
Here's How To Set It Up.
This message is for all those who desperately want an acting career, but really don't know what they have to do to build one...successfully. It never ceases to amaze me that so many people set out to pursue a career in acting by first getting headshots and trying to get an agent, which by the way is one of the things I talk about in my video The Top 10 Reasons Why Most Aspiring Actors Never Make It! Then, at some point down the road, when they dont have much success or months or even years pass as they continue to struggle, many still dont realize that there is a crucial part of their strategy (that they might not even have), that is missing. In this, part 3 of my interview with acting career coach Janice Hoffmann (pictured left), I asked her to talk into greater detail about that she alluded to in part 2, which is the importance of setting up an environment that supports an actors career progress and actually increases the chances of success.
Tony: So, picking up where we left off, please do talk a bit more about the importance of setting up an environment that supports an acting career.
Janice: I believe that a well-designed environment for someone who is interested pursuing acting seriously, does 90% of the work for you. In the beginning of your acting career, its like boot camp. Its the same reason why a summer intensive is so effective and helps actors make a lot of progress in a short period of time, because it is already set up to help you succeed.
If youre in a school, the environment and the curriculum are already set up for you. There is already a schedule in place and other actors who are there for reasons very similar to yours. If you dont have someone set all this up for you, then you have to do it yourself.
Tony: So what if someone is alone and has to set it all up by themselves. How do they do it?
Janice: If you are really serious about building a career in acting setting up your own environment means:
Acting (and or singing, dance, voice, movement, etc.) Classes
The books you read
The trade papers you read
The events you attend
The websites you have chosen to help you
Everything should be there to help support your vision as an actor.
Tony: Can we create a practical example for somone who wants a career in acting?
Janice: Sure. Lets say theres a girl who wants to be an independent film actress. The following would be things she would need to do in my opinion in order to set up her environment:
- Train in an acting technique
- Take as many on-camera classes as she can
- Read about film makers
- Watch indie films
- Go to film festivals
- She should do every single student film she possibly can.
In other words, she should make it her job!
Tony: Is there anything else to do aside from those things?
Janice: Absolutely! In addition to those things mentioned above, if I were that actress, I would create an environment so that when I get up in the morning and open up my e-mail, I might have received newsletters that talk about the industry and keep me informed.
I would have a class that Im going to go to that night or sometime that week. Or maybe Id have tickets to a small film festival. I might do some volunteer work on a student film, even if it is not as an actress, so that I can learn something.
You can be very creative about it. The possibilities are endless, but whatever you do, everywhere you look, your environment should be supporting your goals to help you achieve a successful career in acting. It includes your finances. It includes the people in your community and your network, your physical environment. It includes yourself and the way you take care of yourself.
Ive seen people set up their environments that are consistent with their goals to create a career in acting. Its so effective and helps keep you from wasting time.
Tony: Building a career in acting sounds like a lot of work.
Janice: Im not saying that environments are easy to set up, but once they are, its so much easier to manage your acting career. When its set up well, people succeed. Often times people need help setting it up and thats fine. Just make sure you do it!
If you think about it, college students do it when they go to college. There are counsellors that help them design their next three-four years. Its really the same thing. Their curriculum and many of their activities are all centered around their goals at the time of graduation.
If you do it, you win! And you will see that things will start to happen. You will have leverage. Just realize that if you want to be competitive, you will have to pay your dues. Things arent going to happen right away. You should count on training for at least two years at the beginning of your career in acting. If someone has the luxury of being able to study for two years, then I go back to what I said earlier and tell you that should be top priority!
Be sure and read part 1 of this exclusive interview with Janice Hoffmann about how to start a career in acting in which she gives us important advice about what it takes to get started. AND part 2 which she talks about putting together your own personal curriculum of acting classes and how to do it.
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Sara, Pasadena, CA
Just wanted to thank you for bringing me in to [audition for the video], meet you and chat this Saturday. I was really excited to hear about your working on actingcareerstartup.com and even took a look at it today - it's awesome! You are very well-spoken, knowledgeable and enthusiastic, and it shows through the work that you do! I hope our paths in the industry will cross again and really enjoyed meeting you. Thanks, again and best wishes with your very important work!
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