"You're stuck with what you're capable of doing: a skill is really just a disability in disguise."
Starting out as an actor can be overwhelming. Most of the things you need to know you don't learn at drama school. When I was a first semster student at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, our teacher, Harvey Solin, quite bluntly told a room full of "artists" that they should make no mistake: it was called "show BUSINESS" for a reason. It was the best bit of advice I have received in a career that has by now spanned over twenty years. And had I known I would eventually end up handling production as well as the creative side of the process, I would indeed have gone to business rather than drama school.
Another piece of advice we were given was to accept that in the beginning you will most likely be type-cast. And this makes sense, of course. If you are looking for a tall brunette in her forties, no one cares that the 20 year old petite blonde can channel said middle-aged brunette's energy. You are going to have to trust that those roles will come along eventually, if you ensure you're working and continue to hone your craft.
We believe in transparency, efficiency and reliability. We ensure that our actors are working and continue to expand their skill-set. And we are here to help them navigate the business side of the profession.
No matter what you are told: You can move beyond what you already know, if you are willing to step outside the box you were raised in.
"Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die."
Acting is a craft. Like any craftsperson you have your skill-set, your approach and your road to success paved with blood, sweat and tears. Yes, a certain amount of luck certainly plays a role in securing the jobs you want to land, but the three major skills you will need to possess or make your own as an actor are
the ability to listen
As an actor you do not only listen with your ears, but with your entire being. What you take in from the world around you feeds into your own energy and helps you create that alternative reality your character inhabits.
As an actor you will receive criticism. This criticism is supposed to help guide you towards the ultimate goal: Creating a new world together with your fellow-actors, your director and the team involved in a production.
As an actor you will spend a great deal of time waiting:
waiting for that phone call,
waiting for your turn on set,
waiting for your fellow-actor to remember their lines after spending most of the time waiting for their time to roll.
No matter what it is you will be waiting for, it will be part of the process and showing grace and understanding will make you a more welcome colleague in any situation.
And as an actor you WILL be rejected on a regular basis and it will be personal. People will feel you ar not right for the role they are planning to cast. Rejection is never pleasant and the only way to make it through is by keeping that faith. By keeping your eye on the prize. You are most likely going to be hearing at least twenty "no's" for every "maybe" and even more for every "yes".
Sometimes things take time before they start falling into place. We are here to help you stay motivated and develop a strategy for your own personal journey.
Whether you are a beginning or a seasoned stage actor, we are here to help you navigate the world of motion pictures.
Lots of laugh,
Cedar D. Wolf