Are You Keeping Score?

 December 10, 2016 at 8:04 pm   |     Author:   |     Posted in Blog  

Life as an actor comes with its fair share of stresses. We rush from acting class, to auditions, and with any luck, to set!  We’re also juggling our jobs, relationships, and fun – all in the hope of getting ahead.

While we’re spending all of our energy developing ourselves into highly skilled performance machines, it’s easy to forget the real key to career success – relationships.

Because we are constantly focused on ourselves in this industry, its quite natural to slip into the mentality of “if I do this, I’ll get this in return”. We start believing we are always owed something. The most simple and often overlooked skill we must focus on developing as an actor, or any other profession (or as human beings) for that matter, can be summed up in one action, “generosity.”

The most simple and often overlooked skill we must focus on developing as an actor, or any other profession (or as human beings) for that matter, can be summed up in one action, “generosity.”

Three Ways To Practice Generosity

1. Share Valuable Information (not gossip)

We have all been in the position of having to ask someone for their knowledge, or have been asked for valuable information. Whether it be about an agent, a good rehearsal space, or who’s casting for a project.

Sometimes we think that if sharing this information will result in those resources diminishing, as though there is only a certain amount of proverbial pie to go around. This is false. We want to help the people around us move forward.  We’re in this together and there is enough success to go around. The life of an actor can be tough, with many highs and lows. When the industry knocks you down it will be the support of your community and friends that will help you back up.

The life of an actor can be tough, with many highs and lows. When the industry knocks you down it will be the support of your community and friends that will help you back up.

2. Contribute

Whether it’s your time, your money, or your expertise, contribute to the lives and interests of your friends and industry.  Find a way that works for you to give back.  It can be as simple as going out of your way to attend a performance, supporting a fundraiser, or volunteering for a good cause. These serve as perfect opportunities to be generous. If finances are an issue, then donate your time.  Contributing to the lives of others will have a lasting impression on everyone involved.

Find a way that works for you to give back.  It can be as simple as going out of your way to attend a performance, supporting a fundraiser, or volunteering for a good cause. These serve as perfect opportunities to be generous. If finances are an issue, then donate your time.  Contributing to the lives of others will have a lasting impression on everyone involved.

3. Help The Little Guy

Often times actors are only focused on impressing the influential people in their lives, thinking that this is the way to get ahead.  But it is the little guy behind them who is just as important.  Be known for your integrity and your respect for everyone.

Everyone in this business is working their way up.  Your reputation will precede you in the long run. Those you dismissed will remember how you treated them as you climbed the ladder of success. Take the time to recognize and help everyone in your community.  Not just the big shots you’re hoping to impress. You never know who will go on to become the new agent, producer or casting director.

Take the time to recognize and help everyone in your community.  Not just the big shots you’re hoping to impress. You never know who will go on to become the new agent, producer or casting director.  The relationships you develop are true rewards through this wild ride.  Invest in them now and they will support you in your career, and in your life. Ultimately its not,  “what does the industry owe me”  but  “what can I offer to my community.”

The relationships you develop are true rewards through this wild ride.  Invest in them now and they will support you in your career, and in your life. Ultimately its not,  “what does the industry owe me”  but  “what can I offer to my community.”

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