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
Know Exactly What You Want!
Obviously you will need technical skills that have to do with the craft, your acting skills as well as other technical things like headshots, résumé, etc. Attitude is the second thing, that we will talk about in another section of this site and we'll go much more in-depth on that subject. There is another technical part that has to do with how you plan for your success.
The first part of that planning process has to do with knowing yourself. Do you know yourself? I mean really know yourself? Check out my guide to learning how to take full advantage of all your resources to achieve what you want.
Characteristics Of Successful People
Many studies have been done of the characteristics of successful people all around the world and across many different fields and the interesting thing is, they all have certain things in common. According to this theory then, for anyone wanting to start an acting career should be no different.
Successful people very often know exactly what they want. They know first and foremost what they want to achieve in their lives, and consequently, they also know what they ultimately want from their chosen careers.
Why is it so important to first figure out what you want in your life? Because that clarity that gives meaning to your very existence, it is what drives everything else you do. It gives meaning to your decision to become an actor and it fuels the effort you put forth to achieving that goal, especially now in your own personal efforts to start an acting career.
My Personal Decsion
When I made the decision a couple of years ago to leave my corporate job to start an acting career, I thought that acting was main goal. I soon realized that I had a buried desire to really teach, inspire, write and motivate others to achieve their goals. I longed to speak in public around the topics and content that I would create and to conduct a program television program or one on the internet. Acting is a very important part of all that.
That realization gave a whole new meaning to my acting pursuits. I love acting and still continue to study acting, and if I get the chance to land a role on that coveted prime-time series, I would love to have that experience, but that is not my main goal. To start an acting career was not my main goal, but it was necessary for me to achieve what I want. Now I know that and I have funnelled my efforts to doing what I really want.
Do you know what you want your life to be about?
Here are 10 Questions To Help You Figure It Out.
Here are 10 questions that might help you figure it out. One thing though, you must be specific when you answer them.
1. What do you love to do? (Dont limit to thinking professionally. Think about hobbies, in general just things that you love to do and that make you happy when you do them).
2. What are the things about your work (during the job that helps you make a living) that you really like?
3. What is it that you just naturally do well. In other words, what are you good at?
4. What are the 10 biggest successes of your life to date?
5. Is there a cause around which you are particularly passionate?
6. What are the 10 most important things that life has taught you to date?
7. Are there certain problems that continue to present themselves in your life? (for example: lack of money, debt accumulation, always being late, etc.)
8. When you just let yourself go mentally, what do you daydream about? (i.e. start an acting career, travelling to exotic places, etc.)
9. At the end of your life, how would you like people to remember you? What legacy would you like to leave?
10. What would you do in life, if you knew that you could not fail?
The Benefits Of Taking This Step First
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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