A consulting client of mine recently told me that he was moving to LA and asked me if I would advise him on his strategy:
‘I’m gonna move to LA, get a waiter job and start sending headshots to agents, hoping I get ‘discovered’ by taking lots of classes and hanging out with lots of actors.’
‘That will probably lead to a record deal and I might even dance and do some voiceover if I have time.’
Another client told me he wanted to be a famous singer and then move into films and television and wanted me to coach him on the process of making that a reality.
Sounds simple enough, right? Wrong. Here’s why:
Step #1: Pick a talent or genre you are world class at and stick with it. Not many people (less than 5%) are world class at more than one thing and the more focused you become on your specific talent the more focused attention you will receive from industry.
Step #2: There’s no such thing as being ‘discovered’. There are people out there looking for the next big thing but don’t count on them finding you by accident. If they do, consider it an accident. In the meantime, discover yourself. Create something that will make you stand out – something that plays to your strengths and is so good you can’t be ignored.
Step #2.5: Once you create that something, COLLECT INFO from your audience. Information is power. Having lots of fans on Facebook, followers on Twitter or having a massive e-mailing list is more valuable than a ’slammin’ demo or an acting reel. The power of social media means that having a huge fan base gives you an upper hand when it comes to getting the attention of those who write the fat checks.
Step #3: Know what an agent is looking for. It’s more than looks and acting class. Every agent has to figure out how much time they need to put into a client to get a return on their investment (you). If you walk in and all you have is head-shots and botox you’re not going to get far. How do you get them to invest in you? Refer to steps 1, 2 and 2.5 and repeat often.
As a mentor of mine so eloquently put it: ’On You’
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