Your site is so great, it makes researching the business sooo much easier having all the info in one place! thankyou thankyou thankyou.
Amada, aspiring actress, Sydney, Australia
Just wanted to say that this site is FANTASTIC! It's helped me quite a bit and it's now my #1 bookmarked item, which means I'm going to be visiting here regularly :) Thanks again,
Rob, aspiring actor, Canada
I absolutely love your site - it's SOOOO helpful and very impressive!
I am a frequent visitor and have signed up for the newsletter, plus I think it's so good I have recommended it to all my acting friends! Thank you for creating such a wonderful website!
Wow Tony! I would just like to comment on how much you have affected my life.
First of all, any questions I have are answered extremely fast, and not only that, you give me a very helpful answer every time. Also, by reading your newsletters, I obtain just the right information that I need to succeed in the acting business. I am so happy I discovered your site, and I hope you know how much we actors appreciate you. Thanks again, and I can't wait to read your next newsletter!
Laura Doukas, Actress
I did what you said and I got two interviews with two agents! Thank you! Sorry but can I ask you how do I prepare to go meet the agent? What do I have to do?
Marsha P., New York, NY, USA
This site has taught me a lot that I needed to know without dragging me all over the place.
Lauren, actress, Atlanta, GA
How To Get Started With Acting As A Career
About a year after I had decided to consider acting as a career, I had already been studying the craft, but I decided to dedicate myself to it fully for a period of six weeks. I took a six week intensive at the Ward Studio in NY, which helped me make a quantum leap, not only in my acting skills, but also in my approach to the business. One of the courses that was instrumental in helping me understand the business side was a Career Mentoring Workshop with Janice Hoffmann (pictured left). Since that series of classes, Janice and I have kept in touch and occasionally share ideas on the subject of actor marketing. She works with new actors all the time and knows what their difficulties are and have been in starting their acting careers. I asked Janice to share some of those insights with me in this exclusive interview for ActingCareerStartUp.com.
Tony: What would you tell someone Janice who wants to get into acting as a career?
Janice: First thing would be to set up an environment that supports them to do their best work. And if they are serious, they must have training. They must!
Tony: The funny thing is that there are so many people who believe that training just isnt important. Thats actually one of my Top 10 Reasons Why Most Aspiring Actors Never Make It!
Janice: Were talking about professional actors. If you want to be competitive, then you have to be well-trained. And if you want to be competitively trained, you have to take a look at what the industry standard is and what the industry feels that a well-trained actor has to have
Tony: So what is the industry standard with regard to training for acting as a career?
Janice: The industry standard says grad school, NYU grad school, Juilliard grad school for example. Thats the competition! You have to look at how actors who have gone to those schools or those types of acting schools are trained and try and understand why the industry says that their graduates are some of the best trained actors. We can debate on whether this is true or not, but in the end it really doesnt matter whether its true or not, because
Tony: Because thats what the industry thinks!
Janice: Right! Thats what the standard is. If you come from a Yale graduate program or one of the ones I mentioned above, an agent will give you the time of day more readily than to someone who hasnt. They believe that people with that kind of training are more competitive. And thats important to them, because they need to make money. They need to know that they can make a living off of you and your talent as an actor. Were talking business here.
So if you want to be really well-trained, you have to start considering a really rigorous training curriculum before any business. Thats the first thing. The bottom line. When youre well-trained and in an environment with other well-trained actors, youre inspired and youll be more passionate and better informed. Youll be more competitive, more confident and more creative as a leader and as an actor.
I believe that the first step to acting as a career is training. And I do believe in grad school. I also believe that if you dont have the money to go to grad school, because they are in fact very expensive, then you should create your own curriculum.
Be sure and read part 2 of this exclusive interview with Janice Hoffmann about acting as a career in which she talks about creating your own acting training curriculum that supports your acting career goals.
You can also visit Janice's website at www.successissweetest.com.
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I want to say you changed my life. I want to be an actress so bad, but i began losing motivation when I couldn't figure out what to do. And then I found you! Thanks to you, I'm taking my first acting classes next month! Yippee!
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!
Gretchen, NY, NY