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What is an acting scam to you? Read this letter Tony wrote to a young actress and tell us what you think.
A young, aspiring actress in her second year in college wrote to me the other day to ask me why I was making people pay for my Acting Career Quick Start Home-Study Course? She wrote,
“You might as well stop emailing me, because you won’t get a penny from me! This must be a scam. All programs that ask you for money to help you start an acting career must be some sort of an acting scam. You even say in your videos not to trust anyone who makes you pay. You said that is a way to know if it is a scam or not! So why are you charging people for this?”
After counting to…20, I wrote my answer to her. See it here below.
Let's talk about this if you don't mind.
What constitutes an acting scam?
First of all, I think I need to clarify something. If you go back to the second and third videos on this page, you will see that your interpretation of what I said was not correct. I said to watch out for "certain people" who ask you for money up front and I specify who they are. I did not say that all people who ask you for money are scam artists.
So why do you feel that all programs that request money are scams?
All those request money. All of them. And with some of them, you will be hard-pressed to think that you can start an acting career without them.
Each one of them would be considered an acting scam if they tell you they will do what they say and then take your money and don't give you what you ask for or had expected to get, especially if they do it on purpose.
If you answered yes to these last two questions, you would be right.
But would you like to know who some of the biggest scam artists are in my opinion? I'll tell you, but you better get ready, because you might not like what you are about to read.
Here's an acting scam of another type.
They are people who want to become actors, who somehow get up in front of an agent, who is expecting them to be able to act and they can't. They don't know how. Do you know why they don't know how? Because someone told them they didn't need to take any classes, that they don’t need to prepare, that they don't need to learn the craft, that they don't need to study. They believe that it’s not what you know, but who you know and that that is all that counts. They believe that they don’t have to put in the hard work over months and sometimes years to make their dream come true.
So what makes that an acting scam? Because the agent spent his or her time to see that so-called "actor" expecting them to give them some value that they weren't able to give, because they thought that the most important thing was to get up in front of that agent and that the rest would take care of itself.
The agent expects the people they call in and dedicate their time to to be able to act. The agent is excited to see new talent, because if they find new talent, that new talent (or should I say talented actors) will have a good chance to book jobs when they send them out on auditions and thus they can make money off of that talent. If on the other hand the person who comes in to see them is not a good actor and who is just looking for a freebie or a shot at the "big time", in other words someone who will just give them a chance, the agent is disappointed and maybe even upset, because that person, who called himself an actor made them waste time and gave them false hope! They simply wasted the agent's time.
The same thing happens when the so-called actor submits for an acting job online and gets called in for an audition and then they freeze up, because they haven't been trained, neither in a good acting technique nor in audition technique. What's worse, they don't even know the difference. The result is that they wasted the casting director's time. That's a scam! That happens more often than you might think. Just ask casting directors. They'll tell you.
So the funny thing is, that some of the same people who are afraid of being scammed are the very same people who are the first to scam others, but they don't even realize that is what they are doing.
So having said all that, what do you think makes this Home-Study Course for new actors an acting scam?
Having said all that, I'm just curious to know that why you think that someone
is a scam?
What is it that makes you think that someone who does all that and even takes 45 minutes to answer your email personally is the creator of an acting scam product?
Please answer me, because I'm really curious to know.
Thanks for your time.
Unfortunately, I never got an answer…
What do you think the reason is that she didn't answer me?
What do you think about what I wrote to her? Was I too hard on her?
Let me know what you think.
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