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
About three years ago, when I first contemplated starting an acting career, one of the resources I became aware of in New York was Actors Connection.
During my visits to AC to attend seminars, take classes and meet the casting directors and agents of my choice, I felt the positive energy around the place, which I later learned had to do with the owners Lisa Gold and Tony Nation. Lisa was one of the people I asked to critique my book Acting Career Start Up: Factors For Success, because of her many years of experience in this industry as a singer, dancer and actress and for the fact that she has been able to take the resource for actors that she bought in the year 2000 to the next level. Just a little side note; Lisa Gold is one of the most high-powered people you will ever meet. I sat down with her to talk about what she feels is important to know for anyone starting an acting career. Here is the exclusive interview with Lisa (pictured to the left) for ActingCareerStartUp.com.
Tony: With all your years of experience Lisa, what advice would you give someone with regard to starting an acting career?
Lisa: Well, the first thing I would tell people is that starting an acting career is just like starting any other kind of career. Whether you want to be a plumber, a doctor or whatever, an acting career is just like any of those things and it starts with educating yourself as to what it will mean to pursue an acting career.
Anyone who wants to start an acting career now should be prepared to spend at least the next 2 3 years laying the groundwork. The problem with most people who say they are starting an acting career is that, they dont really want to have an acting career. They just want to be a star. They see people on television and in movies and they think, I want that. I want to put on beautiful gowns and go to the awards shows. I want to go to all the parties and have my picture taken with pretty people. People who think like that are not really looking at what having an acting career really means. Theyre looking at the tangible goodies that the actors who have made it enjoy. Those results youre seeing in People Magazine or on Entertainment Tonight are for the top 1% of the top 1% of the top 1% of all actors. Most actors never have that kind of experience in their lifetimes.
Tony: So what do you tell people like that?
Lisa: You must realize that starting an acting career is going to take work; and that it will take at least 2 3 years for you to really even get your foot in the door and be at the level where you can compete in a very over-saturated marketplace with the people who are already getting work. And by the way, that is about the time it takes to learn anything well whether its playing the piano, learning a foreign language or anything. But 2 3 years is faster than going to college if you really apply yourself.
Tony: Playing the devils advocate here I could say, Yeah Lisa, but there are a lot of people who believe I have talent and that I should be an actor. Im beautiful and lots of people tell me that I have what it takes to be an actor. Lots of people get discovered. Maybe I will too!
Lisa: I want to deflate the misnomer that if youre cute or if you can sing on key or you think you have a lot of talent, and that just because you might have the talent and the desire that you can just go out and get an acting job the next day. Does it happen? Yes, especially with the advent of reality television, but will it happen to you? Most probably no, because the truth is that the people who are over-night successes are really not that at all. That is what the media hype has led us to believe. The real truth is that those successful actors, who yesterday we knew nothing about and that today are all over the tabloids, have been working at it for longer than 2 3 years. Theres no such thing as an over-night success.
See the rest of this must-read interview about Starting An Acting Career with Lisa Gold, owner of Actors Connection, an acting school in NYC.
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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