This article originally appeared on Seth Godin’s Domino Project Blog, and in it he referred to authors. I’ve substituted the word authors for actors, and writing for acting, but you get the idea.
‘Many successful, serious actors are in love with the notion that they get to be serious and successful merely by acting.
There was a brief interlude in which it was possible for a talented actor to be chosen, anointed, promoted and paid for her work. Where the ‘work’ refers to the acting.
This idea that people could audition, get hired, and periodically cash checks is now dying.
Actors of the future are small enterprises, just one person or perhaps two or three. But they include fan engagement specialists, licensors, new media development managers, public speakers, endorsement and bizdev VPs, and more.
No one has your back.
Sad but true. The actor of today (and tomorrow) is either going to build and maintain and work with his tribe or someone is going to take it away.
That whole thing with the ‘Casting Director Workshops’ didn’t last forever either.’
-Kahlil (at) gigsmacked (dot) com