So, you say your acting career hasn’t taken off as fast as you’d hoped. So what! Today is a new day and it’s never too late to take a new approach. But to try and do things differently, you need to be honest and ask yourself: What am I doing wrong? How can I fix these things?
Here’s the ultimate checklist of the top ten things you are doing wrong…and how to start doing them right!
1. You’re not applying for enough parts.
Getting cast is a numbers game. Even professionals sometimes try out for 20 parts for every one they get. If you’re a beginner, you might have to apply for 100. Yes, that’s a lot … but the numbers don’t lie.
2. You’re applying for the wrong parts.
All the parts on ClaimFame have very specific details on what the role requires. If you’re a 40-year-old woman, don’t apply for parts that call for a 24-year-old male. Obvious, right? You’d be amazed how many submissions casting directors get from actors who are totally inappropriate for the part.
3. Your headshots suck.
There’s a very specific formula for what makes a professional-looking headshot. It needs to be in color, just head and shoulders, and a specific size. Don’t submit an amateur photo or a selfie. Chances are, the casting director will immediately hit “delete.”
4. You’re not on social media.
It’s never been easier to cultivate a fan base without needing a publicist or an agent. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine … the possibilities are endless. But if you’re not a social-media addict, you’re missing out on a free opportunity to make your own fame.
5. You don’t have the right attitude.
Acting involves a lot of rejection. After all, you’ll only get a small percentage of the parts you apply for. So you need to wake up every morning with a positive attitude in order to face another day in the acting trenches. If you start getting depressed, you’ll lose motivation, and that’s never a good thing.
6. You’re not investing in yourself.
Acting doesn’t have to be expensive, but successful actors say that even a small financial investment can make a big difference in your success. You should never pay for an audition, but investing in professional headshots, acting workshops, or online classes can give you a big bang for your buck.
7. You haven’t made it a priority.
Yeah, I know, you have a day job, friends, family, other responsibilities. But applying for parts is a responsibility too. You’re competing against other actors who are working night and day to get the same parts, so you need to be on the top of your game. One good trick is to make a checklist of things you need to do every day: search for parts on ClaimFame, apply to at least 5, rehearse a monologue … whatever it takes to live the actor’s life.
8. You’re waiting for someone else to help.
News flash: Nobody’s going to build your career for you! Maybe you say you’re just waiting for an agent, a manager, to be discovered in a crowd. Sorry, it just doesn’t work that way. Every successful actor will confess that before they hit it big there were long, lonely days toiling alone when no one else would believe in them. Turn to your family and friends for moral support, but only you can do the hard work to make your acting career happen.
9. You’re not taking care of yourself.
You don’t need to be a runway model to get a part – heck, most actors just look like normal people. But to present yourself positively to a casting director, you need to look and feel great. Whether that means going to the gym, taking care to dress well, or just reading self-help literature, you can’t expect a casting director to feel great about you if you don’t feel great about yourself.
10. You’re not being patient.
Other than top-tier megastars, most actors spend a majority of their time looking for work and far less time actually working. It can take a long time for a casting director to get back to you. Often they never get back to you. So learn to be patient. Every working actor knows that in order to succeed, you also need to know how to wait.
You can learn more about how to overcome these 10 pitfalls by brushing up on ClaimFame Essentials with articles like How to Get a Good Headshot, How to Apply for Casting Calls, and How to Prepare for an Audition.
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