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As an actor you know the one question that keeps you awake at night is “AM I EEEEVER GOING TO MAKE IT?”
We are fed time and time again, from many different people, words along the lines of “You’ll need a back up plan”, “acting’s not a realistic career”, “there’s so much competition, you should think about a proper job”. These well-meant phrases when mixed together with your ‘am I ever going to make it?’ can brew up disaster….
You don’t need to entertain the thought of quitting because you can make it, it just takes time, effort, a little research and an alteration in your mindset.
Can you copy Your acting idols success?
In a word YES. Here’s how?
WHO IS YOUR ACTING IDOL?
For the purpose of the exercise write this down – you must do this to get it out of your head so you can visualise this.
WHEN DID YOUR ACTING IDOL GET THEIR FIRST BIG BREAK?
By big break I mean something that built their profile prolifically, which got them noticed and built momentum in their career – so the work started to flow to them rather than them having to find the work.
HOW MANY YEARS DID IT TAKE THEM TO GET THEIR BIG BREAK?
Some actors got their big break straight away, others didn’t. This isn’t an exercise to make you feel bad, it is there to help you see everyone is different, but mostly to help you understand your acting idol’s journey.
WHAT KNOCKBACKS/OBSTACLES DID THEY ENDURE?
In both personal and professional life. Were they turned away from roles? What was their financial background? e.g poor/affluent. Were they rejected? How did they get into the acting industry? Why did they get into the acting industry?
HOW DOES YOUR ACTING IDOL BEHAVE?
This is important, REALLY important because you are going to model yourself on your idol. For this you will need to research; watch interviews, read up facts, scour their IMDb or list of theatrical credits.
Answer these questions:-
They behave ____________ (insert answer from study)
Their beliefs are __________ (insert answer from study)
Their attitude is ____________ (insert answer from study)
Their qualities are __________ (insert answer from study)
You now have the basics of a blueprint for acting success. Modelling yourself on your acting idol (N.B not thinking you are them but adapting their qualities/mindset) will help you change your mindset and set you up for success IF you stick at it.
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Here’s to your success!
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