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    Why Every Job Is Not a ‘Survival Job’

    One dilemma many actors have is how to earn a living while actively pursuing an acting career. It can seem overwhelming to find the perfect “survival job” that gives you flexibility for auditions and bookings, as well as a wage that enables you to live in an expensive city like New York or Los Angeles.

    I worked many different types of jobs in the early part of my career, and I’m here to tell you that not every job is a survival job. In general, jobs don't exist to be flexible—they exist to help the company prosper. So how do you know if a job is truly survival job material? Here are four things to consider...  Continue Reading ...

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    Marketing On a Budget

    You hear it all the time: Actors need to market themselves online. But just how do you do it when money is tight?

    Never fear! Here are some cheap (and free!) ways you can market yourself to become the actor that everyone is talking about.  Continue Reading ...

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    Can’t Remember Why You Love to Act? 6 Ways to Reconnect With Your Passion

    If you’re an actor, you might occasionally find yourself frustrated with the business and everything that needs to happen to keep your career running. I mean, you’ve got a lot on your plate: survival job, classes, auditions, mailings, bookings, and life. You can get so busy that you may forget why you’re doing all of this in the first place. 

    Sometimes, you may feel like you’re stuck in a rut or even that you’ve fallen out of love with acting, this thing you’re supposed to love no matter what, that you’ve committed your entire life to. Listen, I’ve been there and I get it. If you do find yourself wondering why you’re doing all of this, here are the steps I take to remind myself why I love being an actor and to help me get unstuck.   Continue Reading ...

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    8 Elements All Actors’ Websites Need

    By now, you already know an actor should have a website. But do you know exactly what needs to go on it?

    I sat down with Backstage to break down the eight basic elements every successful actor website has. Make sure your site has these elements so you’re on the right track to booking more work!  Continue Reading ...

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    Do This Before Trying to Get an Agent

    Q: How long should I wait before getting an agent? —Iesha W., Arizona 

    The truth is, there are no hard and fast rules on how long you should wait before seeking representation. If you’re brand-new, with no professional experience, but have a very specific look or type, you just might luck out, get awesome reps immediately, and book a lead in a blockbuster right out of the gate.

    While that could happen, it probably won’t. I’m not going to sugarcoat this for you: Why would an agent agree to rep an actor who has zero professional experience? They have plenty of proven actors on their roster who are known in the industry and already book work. 

    Click here to read my advice on Backstage.com!  Continue Reading ...

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