7 Steps to Acting Career Success. Leverage your uniqueness to get the working Actor life you desire.
I had this ferocious and overwhelming need to create this guide to help you understand what it takes to make it in the Film and Entertainment Industry.
This is not for you if you are just trying out acting to see if you like it and you are wishy-washy about it all or you think Acting is something cool you can do on the weekends.
This is for you if you are devoted to making it big , as big as your imagination can go. As big as you believe you can.
I need to share this because I see a lot of disappointment; talent not going about it the right way. Not even the good way. Everyone seems to think they have to be a part of this large dissatisfied crowd of people who struggle to get auditions, who feel they need to be “lucky”, who believe Hollywood stars are more fortunate than they are, who fear mental health issues and who are gradually stopping to go to auditions as they witnesses their dream slowly begin to rot inside of them.
I know this because I was there once. I also know how to get you right out of there.
Here are the steps you need to follow to learn to leverage your uniqueness for Acting Career Success.
Step 0 – Believe — this is a “must” and the only thing you need. The rest is a “handy structure” that will take you there faster.
Step 1 — Get Clarity. Your unique mission and your Why?
Step 2 — Get Focused. Your specific and unique goals.
Step 3 — Get Savvy. Doing what every one is doing will not get you what you want. Learn to leverage your uniqueness.
Step 4 — Be Active. There will be a lot of NEW activity. Enjoy it!
Step 5 — Consciously Grow your Network. Go after the specific connections you need to fulfil you mission.
Step 6 — Create the Right Place at the Right Time. You learn to create your unique ‘right place — right time’ On Demand.
When I was 5 years old and I decided I was going to be an Actress, I didn’t know what was going to happen, I just made a decision then I grew up and I went for it. That is faith.
I am now an Actor Writer who became a Filmmaker Producer.
As I was growing up I desired success respect, money, mastery of the craft and in-depth knowledge of the Industry. I still do.
But deep down what I want the most is to share my stories. Stories of hope and magic of love and heroes.
I want to impregnate the world with the essence of my passion.
Twenty years ago the idea of producing or directing a film was utterly impossible to me. My mind couldn’t begin to conceive a “how” to do it.
Ten years later I was doing an MA in Filmmaking.
I didn’t know what was going to happen, I made a decision and I went for it. That is faith.
Four years ago, when I was in pre-production with my 9th short film “Method” and in development with my first feature “Montana Mischief” I had won the Best Produced film Award at the San Diego International Kids Film Festival, a few years earlier. I had my films featuring in the Official selection A film for Peace, Depth of Field, Nairobi Film Festivals and in the Clermont Ferrand Short FilmFest market. My short film “Forgotten Paradise” had just been picked up by Palms Springs ShortFilmFest market.
I remember a day that I was with my friend Sally telling her about how things were going and I heard myself say something very alien to me, a thought I never had before:
“But, I don’t know if all I’m doing will take me where I want to go. I hope this is the right path. I don’t know if it is. What if it isn’t? “
I wasn’t feeling successful. Why was that? Maybe because even though I was featuring in a few of the top festivals worldwide, I had submitted my films to 100s of festivals and I got 100s of rejections before I got any good news at all.
I didn’t know what was going to happen, when I was submitting. I just went ahead and did it. That is faith.
The main reason why I wasn’t feeling successful was this: I didn’t stop to look at my success, appreciate it and say thank you. Doing that would have been faith.
Appreciating and enjoying every step of the journey and celebrating every single milestone every win is an intrinsic part of getting everything you want.
If you are not doing this part then you are not doing it right.
Doubt and fear surfaced, that day, due to lack of appreciation, the negativity was deeper than anything I’d experienced before.
It was as ugly and dark as it was alien.
The basic questions in my head and creeping down to my heart were:
What if I’m doing all this work and it leads me nowhere?
What if I’m doing all this for nothing?
What if at some point I took the wrong turning and I have missed my way to my dreams?
It sounds ridiculous, right?
But I remember clearly how real and reasonable this fear and doubt felt at the time
Fear can be powerful.
Even though it didn’t feel like me I didn’t try to resolve it or to question it, instead, I let it sink deep within my spirit and I let it grow. Just like shadows in the darkness of nightmares do. For weeks. Maybe months.
My enthusiasm decreased, my steps towards achieving my goals got less and less firm, my mind was kind of foggy. I started seriously deviating from my path.
I suddenly decided to peruse a career in Healthcare recruitment. I invested hundreds of pounds on this dead end (for me) new venture and I made some money too.
Then I decided to pour my energy, money and time into selling 3D printers. I convinced myself I was very interested in 3D printers. The investment here was even lager. Larger than I dare to put in writing.
I had unconsciously decided that I didn’t know the right direction to my dreams and therefore I lacked true purpose. I decided that my long life dreams weren’t enough.
Somehow I convinced myself that passion wasn’t necessary.
Self-sabotage in action.
Until one day, out of the blue, perhaps because I was sick and tired of the-all consuming-fear and doubt, but most likely because I got distracted from it, my higher self brought up the issue loud and clear.
“Have you forgotten?
This is about you. Your most authentic self will always be your most happy and most successful you.
Since when do we need a map?
You have always known that any path you choose, any road you decide on will take you to your dreams as long as you believe”
The path itself doesn’t matter. Is not about the path or the method the only thing that matters about the path is that you enjoy it.
Take the most fun path, or the easiest, or the one with the lovely flowers along that way it doesn’t matter. As long as you believe you will get to your destination. Your dream will come true. It is Law”
Will Smith “Our thoughts, our feelings, our dreams, our ideas are physical in the Universe.” Will Smith believes the key truth behind his massive success is the Law of Attraction. He says that you need to believe in yourself and go for what you believe in and you will achieve it. Will explains that greatness is accessible to everyone if you can believe it.
Jim Carrey “As far as I can tell, it’s just about letting the universe know what you want and then working towards it while letting go of how it comes to pass.” Jim Carrey openly speaks about his strong belief in the Law of Attraction and how he used the Law of attraction to propel himself from rags to riches.
Oprah Winfrey “The way you think creates reality for yourself.”
Jay Z “That’s how you do it, you’ve got to visualize it first.” Shaw Cory Carter, known as Jay- Z puts his tremendous success down to being aware of the power of his thoughts. Jay Z says that you have to believe in your talent.
Lady Gaga “It’s sort of like a mantra. You repeat it to yourself every day. “Music is my life, music is my life. The fame is inside of me, I’m going to make a number one record with number one hits.” And it’s not yet, it’s a lie. You’re saying a lie over and over and over again, and then, one day the lie is true.” Stefani Germanotta, famously known as Lady Gaga believes that we all can achieve success and that we all have a superstar inside of us that we can tap into and release.
Arnold Schwarzenegger “When I was very young I visualized myself being and having what it was I wanted. Mentally I never had any doubts about it.” Arnold Schwarzenegger says that you have to believe that you are going to achieve what you want, and visualize that you have it and will get it.
Denzel Washington “Positively and negatively, you attract what you feel, you attract who you are, you attract what you attract.” Denzel Hayes Washington Jr. believes that we attract things with our mind. He says that whether it’s fear or excitement, positive or negative, whatever our thoughts and feelings are focused on is what we will attract into our own lives.
Andrew Carnegie “You are what you think. So just think big, believe big, act big, work big, give big, forgive big, laugh big and love big.” Andrew Carnegie was a Scottish-American industrialist. Carnegie led the expansion of the American steel industry in the late 19th century and is often identified as one of the richest people in America. Andrew Carnegie believed that the mind is extremely powerful and once we channel our belief system, we can use that power in our life.
Steve Harvey “You are a magnet. Whatever you are, that’s what you draw to you. If your negative, you’re going to draw negativity. If you’re positive, you’re going to draw positivity.” Broderick Stephen Harvey is an American comedian and television host, He believes that by using the concepts of the Law of Attraction such as, attracting what you want to attract and asking and believing in the Universe so that you can receive what you want from the Universe have helped him gain a happy and successful life.
Kayne West “I thought I was the best rapper in the world. I sat around and thought about it. Then I became Kanye West.” Kanye Omari West often said that he has always believed in himself, and knows that you need to believe that you can do anything, to succeed and achieve. He has said that even when he was in eighth grade, he would tell himself he was the greatest rapper and imagine himself as the greatest rapper — he would believe and visualize it.
Russell Brand “It’s difficult to believe in yourself because the idea of self is an artificial construction. You are, in fact, part of the glorious oneness of the Universe. Everything beautiful in the world is within you.”
LMFAO “Whatever you are imagining, you are attracting into your life.” LMFAO is an American electronic dance music duo consisting of uncle and nephew Redfoo and SkyBlu. They have said in interviews that they are a little bit obsessed with ‘The Secret’ book. They believe in the Law of Attraction and often use it to attract what they want in life.
Conor Mcgregor “I always visualize good things. I always visualize victory, success, abundance. I visualized it all, and it’s all happening.” Conor Anthony McGregor is an Irish professional mixed martial artist and professional boxer who is currently signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He visualized his success until it became a reality, including winning the UFC Belt.
Jon Jones “I believe in the Law of Attraction and I believe that you can speak things into existence. And I believe that when you know where you’re going and you know what you want, the Universe has a way of stepping aside for you.” Jonathan Dwight Jones is an American mixed martial artist, who is a three-time and current Light Heavyweight Champion of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, having won the title in 2011 and 2017, in addition to the interim title in 2016. He believes in the Law of Attraction and that you can speak things into existence. Before his fight in 2011, he used to sign his name as ‘Champ 2011’, before actually getting that title.
Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor “A lot of what we do is visualization. To be able to take in the sights, the sounds, the stress, the excitement — that’s going to serve us well moving forward.” Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor are American Olympic Volleyball three-time gold medalists. Throughout their successful careers, they have said that visualization, yoga, and meditation helped them to achieve and stay focused.
Lindsey Vonn “I always visualize before I do it. By the time I get to the start gate, I’ve run that race 100 times already in my head, picturing how I’ll take the turns.” Lindsey Caroline Vonn is an American World Cup alpine ski racer on the US Ski Team. She has won four World Cup overall championships; one of only two female skiers to do so. Lindsey has said that she often uses visualization when she competes. Besides, she uses visualization techniques before racing and she says that this helps give her a ‘competitive advantage’
These are to name a few.
Know that any of the above amazing people are not different from you. You have the same capacity to believe. Therefore to achieve.
Many would say such a thing as “We can’t all be stars” to justify their lack of faith in themselves.
That’s a lie. We can all be whatever it is we want.
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