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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


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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Wow Tony! I would just like to comment on how much you have affected my life.
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How To Convince My Parents To Support
My Wanting To Become An Actress

The ultimate dilemma: How can I convince my parents...?

Not long ago, a young girl told me that she was having a difficult time convincing her parents to support her wanting to become an actress. She asked me what she should do.

This was my answer to her:

You must first be able to answer these questions if you want to convince your parents to help you. The two question are these:

  • What do you think would really take to convince your parents and to make your parents start to take you seriously and support you?
  • Do they know what actors do? REALLY? In other words do they know what it's like being an actor?
  • Do they know what you really have to go through to become an actor?
  • The fourth and final question is: Do YOU know the answers to those questions?

Navigating yourself through the "How can I convince my parents" dilemma will be easier if you can. Think about this.

  • Do you know what it's like and what the issues are that actors face, what it's like to work on set, what your chances are of just getting work, how hard you'll have to work, how much you will have to invest of your time and energy to study, to do mailings, to write cover letters, to submit yourself for auditions, to prepare for auditions, prepare your monologues, bone up on your cold reading skills, take specialization classes, travel, etc.

    Do you know how much acting classes cost and where to find them?

    Do you know the benefits of taking acting classes as opposed to just finding people to give you tips or getting a personal acting coach?

    Do you know what the average earnings are of an actor these days?

    Do you know how many days on the average an actor works.

    Do you know why business skills are so important for the success of the average actor and do you have them?

    Do you know how to get an agent?

    Do you know what the main reason is that some actors get discovered? Are you aware of some of the scams that you need to watch out for?

    Do you know what it takes to become an actor and do you have what it takes?

Those are a lot of questions to answer I know and I asked them on purpose. Now you are probably thinking:

Why So Many Questions Tony? "I want to convince my parents!!"?

I know you do. Get past the "I want to convince my parents " and read on. It's about you being able to do just that! But if you can first start to answer all those questions, maybe you will be more convincing. I know you're young, but you have to get started sometime. Some teenagers have someone who is an adult and who supports them in their goals. If you don't, you can either keep butting heads with you’re your parents or being afraid to approach the subject, or you can start to find out for yourself about this career path you want to embark on and show them that you are really serious. In other words, the more information you have, the more informed you are about what you say you want, the more you can talk about it intelligently and demonstrate that you know what you are talking about, the greater your chances of being able to convince them to support you. If they have just as much information as you do, then you are on an equal playing field. They are your parents. They are bigger. They are older. They win! At least until you’re out of the house or until they no longer foots your bills! ?

Is that the way you want it? No? Then get a move on and start doing your homework! You will significantly increase your chances of convincing your parents.:-) ?

Does doing your homework mean that you will get what you want in the end? Does it mean that you will be one hundred percent guaranteed to get their support? Not necessarily. Your parents are certainly taking into consideration your best interests. But even if you don't get them to support you, you will know a lot more than you do now about the profession you say you want to pursue. ?

Next Step: Have a look at this page. It tells you exactly how to conduct the conversation with your parents step-by-step!

"Here's how I can get started to convince my parents."

1. Go to the upper right hand corner of this page and download the free ebook (36 pages) called What It Takes To Become An Actor. It will get you started to be able to answer some of those questions I asked above. It’s packed with information.

2. Check out this page for the benefits of taking acting classes. It will help you with the question of how to convince your parents to let you take classes.

3. Here is some information on how to get an agent and about how to get an audition for Disney Channel if you so desire.

4. Watch my video on the home page of this website.

"NOW I have a much better shot to be able to convince my parents to support me!."

Good luck!

p.s. One of the bonuses in The Acting Career Quick Start Home-Study Course is a 1.5 hour video that takes you step-by-step on How to convince anyone of anything at any time!

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