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
First of all, my vision for what I want out of my life and my career choices, are clear. I feel fortunate to know that. Once that is clear, the decision as to what kind of work to pursue or how to fund your career is an easier one.
I believe wholeheartedly that my life purpose is:
To use my communicative skills to help as many people as I can to improve the quality of their lives.
Further, at this particular moment I have another one, that is important as well:
To make the most money, in the least amount of time, With the least amount of effort, so that I can have the Flexibility to concentrate on my craft and on furthering my career as an artist.
Those two missions are part of the choices that guide me each and every day. Like my boss, Charlie Denson in Nike once told me, If whatever youre doing isnt helping you to get where youre going, you shouldnt be doing it. Clearly this is related to achieving something specific and that is really important to you. Its all about having clarity around what you want and pursuing it with laser focus.
Running my own consulting business
My situation is certainly a bit different than that of most actors as I bounce back and forth for the time being, between Italy and New York as I have a son I love very much in Italy, from a broken marriage. We all have important choices we make. This is one of mine.
For that reason, I have founded my own training and consultancy business. My target group is small-mid sized companies and I work primarily with the senior management as well as their sales organizations. In this way I can best utilize my skills. The company is called JOLTEN Educational Events and Entertainment and Im expanding it as Im writing this article. The name will change shortly and there will be more people working with me. Click on the link and have a look. Have a look at the Italian part of the site as well as it is the most recent in terms of a more practical design and content. 95% of that business is and will remain in Italy. The reason? For me is is clear. My choices... My son. For the time being this business is giving me a chance to stay near him.
I also conduct a seminar periodically, which is targeted towards individuals who are not clear about the direction they would like to take in their lives, or who would like to make an important life change or who would like to be able to make choices, but don't think it is possible for them to do so. That program is called La Vita Che Vorrei, which means, The Life I Would Like To Lead.
This whole business helps me to fund my trips to New York and allow me to stay there for a few months at a time to study and to pursue acting work as you can read about in the final section of my book Acting Career Start-Up: Four Key Factors For Success. If you want to have a chuckle, go to www.anthonysmith.it and listen to me speak Italian!
The business is growing and I made choices to bring additional people on board so that I can distance myself even more as time goes by and as my son gets older. Each year, I am spending more and more time in NY and one day I will live there full-time. So far my strategy is working.
Using what I know
I asked myself what choices I could make and what I could do to stay connected to the industry, promote myself as a very capable television show host and actor and gain recognition. So, asking myself some of the other same questions that I asked you on this website and throughout my book, I decided to produce good quality content in the form of books and websites through which I can share my 15 year business experience in two multi-national companies as a senior manager in Nike and Levis with new and aspiring actors. My approach is as a person relatively new to this game of acting myself, attuned to what new actors need and want to help them get started in their new careers as the free-lance professionals that they really are and sometimes dont realize.
Whatever you decide to do to fund your career, make your time count! Look at the trade papers. Backstage, Show Business, both weekly industry newspapers, have classified sections. The key is, if you are not fortunate enough to have enough money put aside so that you dont have to worry about working, or if you dont have a stream of passive income already coming in, and if you do have to work, then make your time count! Kill two birds with one stone. Make choices that will have you earn money and learn something about the industry or a related craft at the same time, something that will keep you in the mix and connected. Look for job choices that can add value to your acting career, in which you can learn something pertinent to your craft, make valuable contacts, have the possibility to better yourself as an actor while you work!
Whatever you decide to do, make the right choices that will help you get your finances in order first! Youll be glad you did!
See also, Money Making Opportunities that can help free you up even more to be able to focus more on your craft and on furthering your career!
I talked a lot about choices on this page. The reason? I want you to be aware that things are not automatic. You decide! You have that right. You have that possibility. Exercise it and take control of your destiny right now.
Someone once said that an actor is only as good as the choices she makes. The same is true in other parts of your life. Make the right choices now that will help you to concentrate on your career that will help you to concentrate on your career and let the world see that great talent you have inside you!
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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