Good food for thought, right?!
If you enjoyed our conversation and have yet to check out Episodes 1 & 2 of our #Success series, just click on the link for more tips on auditioning for actor/musician shows and managing success!
You can find out more about Erica Sypres here and be sure to join us next week for the final episode of the series! Please feel free to SHARE with other actors who'd get something out of this :)
In my very first post for this blog, I attributed much of my career success and life balance to having successful accountability partnerships.
And it’s true…
I used to be a patient actor, hoping that eventually the right jobs would come.
Now, I take daily and weekly action towards that next job and have someone to check in with, celebrate with, plan with. I always feel best in my accountability calls when I can report that I’ve done what I said I would do! And if sometime I am a day or two behind in an action, that’s okay too- because, in the end I am taking way more action in my career than I ever used to, so it’s still a major hustle! I have set big goals (begin a career in audiobooks, land great representation, book my first co-star), and I have accomplished them or something better- because I am constantly in action, controlling what I can (and letting go of what I cannot)!
I used to be stopped by my own limiting beliefs.
Because I’ve met my accountability partners via actor business groups led by optimistic, nurturing and strategic career coaches, we have each learned about how our own limiting beliefs can be our biggest career obstacles. I have often helped my partner face the obstacle, challenge it and move past it and have flourished from my partner doing the same for me. I now challenge myself to do something outside of my comfort zone daily, and the actions that used to feel scary - like making a phone call to a decision maker or ask for a meeting - have become easy.
I used to work many “jobs” that were unrelated to my acting career.
Today, I am working full-time in the industry- whether voicing a commercial, narrating an audiobook, acting in a play or coaching an actor the momentum continues to build. I look forward to crushing my next few goals with the help of these accountability partners.
With accountability, actions take way less time than I ever thought they would, so each day I find myself moving on to “what’s next?” The constant positive time and effort invested into the business of the acting career makes it grow exponentially. I began saying “No” to the things I did not enjoy doing and insisted on getting paid for the acting career I had already spent so much money to build.
Accountability can be a game-changer for you, and I am thrilled to see some accountability partnerships beginning to thrive in the current #GlobalActor Power Groups.
It’s early November, if you have an acting goal, you have been putting off, like:
Consider joining us in the #GlobalActor Power Groups!
Since launching in late August, we have celebrated all of the above accomplishments! How?
I’d love to be that optimistic, nurturing and strategic coach that helps sky-rocket YOUR acting career!
IF you’re up for some acting success...
Let’s set up a time in the next couple weeks to see if the #GlobalActor Power Group might be a fit for your current career needs!
With the new year just around the corner, NOW is the FINAL time to lock in the 2017 power group rates- the lowest they will ever be, and take CHARGE of your career today!
Are you a musician as well as an actor and singer?
If so, I'm sure you've been noticing the call for more and more actor/singer/musicians in the theater today- from John Doyle's Sondheim productions to shows like ONCE and NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812. And what a great way to set yourself apart from the herd in this competitive business! If you're ready to market yourself as an actor/singer/musician, you have a special opportunity to stand out and book work that few others can.
So, how can you make the best first impression auditioning with your instrument?
Check out this week's video below for what is being asked of you in these kinds of auditions!
I'm interviewing Erica Spyres who takes us through the step-by-step process of what it was like to audition and be cast in the National Tour of ONCE! (Be sure to follow her, as she makes her upcoming Broadway debut in CAROUSEL!)
Watch it now!
So what do you think?
Now that you've got some tried & true tips, select a song or two that would seriously show off your musicianship and personality on your favorite instrument, and let me know how it goes, in the comments below.
Stay tuned for more from Erica next week and in the meantime check her out at ericaspyres.com
Last week Actors Equity announced changes to the EMC (Equity Membership Candidate) program providing more flexibility to actors currently enrolled.
There is now an option to join AEA after 25 weeks in the program (vs. the former 50 weeks). If EMCs wish, they can stay in the program to Phase II- completing 25 more weeks as an EMC. A new dues structure has been put in place and those who qualify may be able to save $500 towards their initiation fee if they join before January 1, 2018.
Following the announcement, my FaceBook feed blew up with complaints, advice to EMC members not to join AEA prematurely, etc.
I noticed a lot of fear out there...
and I thought it worthy of discussion.
First off, Yay to the new flexibility!
Joining the EMC program may be easier in the regional markets and while some regional actors may want to complete all 50 weeks, it may behoove NYC or LA-based actors to join at 25. The strength of Actors Equity is important for professional stage actors and stage managers and if this change will increase membership and funding, I salute you Equity! #EquityWorks
Joining the union (at any time) is a personal decision and one that should not be taken lightly. I never recommend taking the blanket advice of anyone who is shouting it on Facebook. Your personal credits, relationships & training must all be taken into consideration before making such a decision.
As a career coach for actors, I will never make a solid recommendation to a client on joining or not, until we have thoroughly discussed that actor’s goals, ambitions, past training and current relationships in the industry.
So, I’ve put together a quiz (including some of the questions I ask my clients), so that YOU can begin to explore if joining Actors Equity NOW is right for YOU!
Have you been on this pursuit for awhile?
You have every intention of Booking a Co-Star but you're not achieving results?
Is your patience starting to wane?
Don't give up- check out this 5th and final episode of the #BookACoStar series with John Cramer (House of Cards, Orange Is The New Black, Blue Bloods, Norman). This week we tackle some bonus actions you can take (from self-producing, to working with partners & more). John also introduces us to "The Pomodoro Technique" (which I am totally implementing my work this week!)
Watch it now!
A very special thank you to John Cramer for so generously sharing his expertise with us this past month!
If John's advice on partnering up for accountability sounds like it might work for you, I'd love to invite you to join the #GlobalActor Power Groups. I am welcoming a few new members to the group in October. Let me know if you'd like to be one of them. The bi-weekly coaching sessions are an awesome way to stay accountable, gain some laser-focused attention and specific actions to help you move forward strategically & efficiently toward your current acting goals and beyond! Set up a time to chat with me about it today!
If you missed any of the previous #BookACoStar episodes, get you can access them here!
Ep. 1: How John Cramer Booked His First Co-Star
Ep. 2: Narrow Your Target List
Ep. 3: Prepping for the Shoot
Ep. 4: How To Build Relationships Outside of Workshops
Welcome back for Episode 3 - #BookACoStar series. You'll want to check out Episode 1 and Epidose 2 before watching this week's video.
So, you've been marketing and networking to your target list and auditions are beginning to roll in...
You continue to plug away, continuously honing your craft, developing relationships and auditioning well --- this leads to that booking! You've done it- you've booked your co-star role!
In this week's video, John Cramer (House of Cards, Blue Bloods, OITNB) shares his ProTips to help you best prepare for and execute a fine performance for your upcoming Co-Star shoot!
Check it out!
So there you have it!
You can connect with John on Twitter @johncramer and facebook.com/johntcramer.
Find his work and sign up for his updates at: www.johnthomascramer.com
Be sure to tune in next week for another episode and please share your #BookACoStar thoughts in comments below!
Are you ready to #book this episodic season?
So you already know the importance of training and experience, and hopefully you're feeling fired up after last week's video where John Cramer shared how the "cards" aligned for him to book his first #costar. If you missed last week's vid, check it out here!
John clearly nurtures relationships with numerous Casting Directors. But how does he know which casting directors to target in his marketing? And how can this technique work for you?
Find that answer and more in this week's video!
Double-whammy, you got to watch a #catvideo while also learning how to upgrade your hustle! Woot!
For more surprises, be sure to tune in for next week's 3rd episode in the #BookACoStar series.
If you're finding these weekly videos helpful, let me know in the comments below. Happy to answer any questions as well :)
the global actor