This is the continuation of a two part series, part 1 can be seen by clicking:
DAY FOUR – Grab a Snack
The film business in LA is all about “who you know” and yet many actors in LA don’t spend ANY time on building relationships. We all love to work with our friends regardless of whether we’re Steven Spielberg or Joe Mo (an undiscovered, upcoming actor in LA), it’s a good idea to start making friends in the business NOW, who knows who the next Neill Blomkamp will be?
A) Make a list of people you know, or have access to, who seem to be a couple of steps ahead of you career wise or are knowledgeable about something you aren’t, for example Producing, Make Up, Casting, putting yourself on tape.
B) Take one of these friends/assets out for Coffee but make sure when you approach them you make the meeting about them and your interest in their experience. If they think the meeting is going to about you and your needs, chances of them standing you up are pretty high. No one wants to go on a “one sided date”!
Please remember to follow up on the meeting without stalking. A “thank you for your time and I hope to work with you soon” will suffice and it leaves the ball in their court and you free to move on to the next potential “date”.
COST: $5 (Two cups of Coffee)
DAY FIVE – Become Informed
A wise man once said, “Knowledge is Power”. If you want to be at the top of your game you need to know EVERYTHING about the business and particularly focus on shows, or feature film styles that you are right for. If you want to be on a show or work with a particular director you need to be more informed than they are. Do some homework!
A) List the shows/ directors you are interested in.
B) Find out EVERYTHING about them.
There are tons of free resources available:
DAY SIX – Learn From The Pro’s
I am always surprised when I come across an actor who says they “don’t like the classics”. There is a very specific reason why certain actors become famous and movies flop or make bank and those reasons are discoverable in both the classics and recently successful films. At least once a week an aspiring actor should:
A) Download and read a currently successful script:
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B) Rent a classic or go to a movie:
I recently discovered this cool, fun upcoming offer http://t.co/DcQEnQbh
COST: FREE – $4.99 (Movies available from Netflix, Apple TV)
DAY SEVEN – Take a Break!
“Acting is a question of absorbing other people’s experiences and personalities and adding some of your own experience and personality.” – Jean-Paul Sartre
An artist needs to live and be alive and that requires you to be out in the world.
A) Make an achievable “bucket list” of (non-acting) things you’ve always wanted to do and have NEVER done.
B) Do one of those things TODAY!
Hike, surf, play the trombone, bungee jump, fly a remote Helicopter, take up Archery!
Here is a good place to start: http://discoverlosangeles.com/play/activities-and-recreation/activities/100-free-things-to-do-activities.jsp
As you wrap up your 7-Day program, acknowledge yourself and then, for next week – PAUSE, CONSIDER, REPEAT!
STOP WAITING FOR THE PHONE TO RING. You and only you will stand in your way, make excuses, blame others, procrastinate, try and control things you can’t and self evaluate until you finally realize that you are the only one responsible for where you are creatively right now and you’re ready to change.
Author: Russell Boast