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
The Acting Business
After fifteen years of living corporate business, I believe that the principles that apply in business also apply to promoting oneself in the acting business. Since Ive been involved in the acting industry, Ive also heard this said many times. For example, Brian ONeils book Acting As a Business, Third Edition: Strategies for Success is one of the most read books among actors. Leslie Becker, author of The Organized Actor has a class she teaches in NY called Mastering Show Business. And Ive heard Lisa Gold, owner of Actors Connection start off speeches to new actors saying, Theres a reason why they call it Show-Business!
To be successful as an actor long-term, you need to develop some business skills!
The Most Important Business Skills You Need
Have a look at the basic acting business skills you'll need to get your career off to a great start and keep it going! This top ten list is taken from my book: Acting Career Start-Up. In the book you will find all 21 of the necessary business skills.
The following is a list of ten of those ever so important principles.
A Necessary Next Step: Analysis
Youve hopefully by now already started to analyze yourself so that you will fully be able to capitalize on your strengths and improve on your weak areas so that you can rise to the occasion and win at the business of acting.
1. Study the Market
2. Your USP: Unique Selling Proposition
3. Your Customers
4/5/6. Setting Of Goals/Planning/Monitoring Of The Plan
7. Budgeting and Finances
8. Marketing and Promotional Activities
9. Entrepreneurial Skills
10. Sustainable Growth
Here are some books that you must own if you are looking for long-term success in this very competitive industry!
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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