The beginning of the year is the perfect time to do a self-assessment; to review, make plans, and set goals. In my classes at the Actors Workout Studio, we spend time in January and February working on goals and actions, and discussing the actor’s business model. Painfully, a lot of actors don’t want to discuss the ugliness of business, just the beauty of making art. Some students even avoid my business classes altogether, and return when we get back to learning the craft.
This is a topic I’ve spoken about, blogged about and have been questioned about many, many times in the past. It is a recurring theme in my life for a reason… it is probably one of the most important questions you will ever ask yourself, especially if you want to be an artist.
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If I’ve heard it once I’ve heard it a thousand times, “Your headshot is the most important marketing tool you have.” Is it true? Yeah, it probably is true. Unless you’re a big star or someone well known in the industry chances are your headshot is the thing that will get you through the door and into a casting director’s office more than anything else. But, because actors know how important a headshot is it creates a ton of anxiety when it comes to getting good shots. Good headshots can be expensive, nerve-racking and a huge burden. That said, let’s take a look at some of the easiest ways an actor can ruin their headshots.
If you were with us last blog you got to read about five easy things you can do to ruin your acting career. My hope is that after reading each you did whatever you could to avoid them at all cost. Let’s keep that ball rolling. Here are five more things you can do if you want to ruin your career.