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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Wow Tony! I would just like to comment on how much you have affected my life.
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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
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Self-Analysis of Yourself The Actor
When looking for the answers to those questions, you might need help to give yourself an objective evaluation. Below you will find a tool to begin to do it yourself. It is very simple and requires that in each box below, you list your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities that you feel you have in this particular moment of your life and threats, the things that if you do not act upon them immediately, then you could be in serious trouble. The following is an example of what my swot analysis was a few years ago, when I quit my corporate job and decided to pursue acting.
· Quick Learner
· Business skills
· Energy level to change careers at midlife (not to be underestimated!)
· Communication/public speaking skills
· Business résumé (NIKE, Levis)
· Financial resources
· Drive and determination
My Weaknesses (Areas to Develop)
· Didnt really comprehend what being an actor, TV host really meant
· Knew very little about the industry
· No acting training/low skill level
· Based in Italy, far away from NY/LA, which is where I need/want to be located to pursue this career
· No industry contacts
· Train as an actor
· Use my business/entrepreneurial skills to create a way to promote myself that is different from what other artists do, to get noticed
· Move back to the U.S. (Yeah!!!!!)
· Start my own business
· Create my own TV program
· Create my own content (write)
· Not planning a tight budget (the risk is without good budgeting, finding myself only halfway through my project and then have to go back to work in the traditional sense)!
· Not taking the first step, which is to dedicate myself full-time to my goal. (I had to make a tough decision and leap out of the corporate world and commit 100 percent!)
Try to do it yourself first. You might find that you need the objective opinion of someone who knows you really well. Its important to know that this is an ongoing process. It should be in your DNA to check yourself constantly. It is now especially important at the beginning of your new career or, for any other career you decide to pursue in your life for that matter.
It takes courage to ask someone what they think of you. If you dont have that much courage, could be a sign that you need to rethink what it is you want. Seek out people who can give you objective feedback with regard to your work as an actor or with regard to the capabilities you have to pursue such a career. In the meantime, give it a shot. Put together your own swot analysis of yourself now. Good luck.
What are your Strengths?
What big Opportunities do you have in this period of your life?
What Threats are lurking out there to potentially sabatoge your dreams?
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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!
Gretchen, NY, NY