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Tony
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

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Hi Tony!
Most people don’t even take the time to tell a person how to reach their goal. I want to thank you for everything and for responding to my messages. Sometimes I just test people to see if they really care about my career and you do. You can continue to send me some tips on how I can accomplish my goals, because you inspire me a lot. Thank you for caring.
Jeffrey, Dallas, TX

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Hi Tony!
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

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Hi!
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!
Mischa, UK

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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

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Tony,
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

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This site has taught me a lot that I needed to know without dragging me all over the place.
Lauren, actress, Atlanta, GA

Short-Term Acting Career Goals

Coming from my long-term goals, I then got even more acting career specific and asked myself what I wanted from that three-month period that I would be in New York.

Questions specific to your short-term goals

1. What do I want to achieve over the three-month period that I will be in New York?

2. What specific goals do I want to achieve?

3. What skills do I need to develop my acting career?

4. What kinds of acting jobs would I like to book?

5. How will I get those jobs?

6. What resources will I use?

7. How will I keep in touch with my agents?

8. What will I do to promote myself?

9. What will my daily activities be?

10. How will I keep abreast of what’s going on in the industry?

11. Where will I meet casting directors and agents and which ones specifically can help me further my acting career?

My goals were clear for that three-month period:

1. Continue my Meisner acting training at the Ward Studio for the duration of the three months. (for the duration of the period)

2. Take a TV hosting class, which will finish no later than the last day of the second month.

3. Begin to build a working base for my actng career here in NY: Start booking industrials, on-camera commercials, and commercial print work through an agent and online submissions. Start auditioning within three weeks of my arrival.

4. Get new color headshots by the end of the first month. (My headshots were two years old, and they were black and white. I knew the industry was moving to color, and I wanted to be in line.)

5. Finish writing my book for actors by the end of the three month period.

6. Give input to my webmaster for the revamping (the Italian side) of my business Web site (Jolten Educational Events and Entertainment) so that I could begin collecting names in the Fall upon my return to Italy. (This is part of my "other" life. Business doesn't stop while I'm in NY for acting!)

Mission Accomplished!

I’m happy to say that I achieved each and every one of those goals, except number 5. These three months gave me a lot of stimulus to write another section of the book that told about my experience. That’s what the entire last section of the book is about, my experience over those three months. So I did finish writing the book obviously, but just a little later than I had originally planned.

I wanted to tell a complete story that you don’t usually hear from actors, at least not all from the same person, because either they’re too busy to tell you everything they do, or because they’re too afraid. Yes, afraid. Unfortunately this is a phenomenon that exists among us artists. Some are afraid that if they tell you too much, that you will be successful before them. For some that’s hard to bear.

I’m not afraid and as a matter of fact, I wanted to take the first step and encourage more actors to do the same. Acting Career Start-Up: Four Key Factors For Success and actingcareerstartup.com are my first steps in this direction. I think it’s important.

Anyway, I went on a little longer than I wanted to in that last paragraph. My purpose here on this page is not to tell you everything I did, but to impress upon you the importance of setting clear goals and planning for what you want to achieve.

I feel I made significant progress in my acting career during those three short months.

A Simple Goal-Setting Formula

You might know this, but I think it’s worth mentioning anyway. For you to increase your chances for success, your goals must be formulated in a certain way. There is a very simple formula that’s easy to remember. It says that your goals must be SMART:

o S: Specific

o M: Measurable

o A: Achievable

o R: Realistic

o T: Timely

The more specific and detailed you are about what you want in your acting career, the better your chances are of reaching your goal. If you don’t know exactly where you are going, how do you expect to get there?

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