Are you in the film industry and utilize social media to promote your talents? Comment with your Twitter, YouTube, Facebook page or other info. Let’s see if we can get you some more followers or subscribers. Every few weeks, I’ll promote the pages of a few different people.
Clips are very important to an actor that’s just starting out. Sometimes they can be very hard to get. Technology, however, is making it much easier to create our own content. If you have a smartphone or tablet, some creativity and a little patience, you can create content that looks professional and will put your talents on display.
The first app I would recommend is FiLMiC Pro. This app increases the manual setting capabilities of your phone. It allows you to have more control and make your video look more professional.
The next is Movie Looks. This is a post-production app that allows you to color-grade your video and give the final product a look similar to many of the popular TV shows and movies.
Also, get a good editor. I use iMovie, because I have an iOS device. There are several other premium and free options, though.
Obviously it takes more than just a couple of apps to create a great scene, but these apps will help you upgrade what you’re doing. I’ll get more in depth on self-shooting in a later post. At the time of this post, both of these were paid apps. In the meantime, get to work!
Avoid being a casualty of your dreams, because you’re too casual about your dreams. I’ll be the first to admit, I’ve gotten behind on my dreams at times. I’ve had all the excuses that you may have now. I’ve wondered about my skills, my resources and my background. I’ve examined the reasons why not, instead of the reasons why. I’ve listened to other people, that I shouldn’t have. Are any of these things stopping your progress?
One of the best decisions I ever made was hiring a mentor. I went through a program that helped me examine the way I was approaching life. Sometimes a person needs a kick in the rear to make common sense common practice. You don’t have to hire a professional. A book may resonate with you. A new friend or new setting may change your life. Bottom line is that we must change our thought and then take action, to fulfill our dreams.
In this film business, many people quit. Decide right now that you’re not a quitter…..are you still with me? Good. Now decide what you will do to improve your acting career and your acting skills. There is something you can do, at this very moment, that will propel you towards your dreams. You’ve just added a scheme to your dream. That’s a lethal combination.
Separate yourself from those that have bad things to say about your dream choice. You can still love them, but sometimes we must love from a distance. Add people that support you and will believe in you, even when you doubt yourself. Things will start to change for you.
Always move forward. This is a game of inches. You can move a few inches or several miles, just make sure that you’re moving towards the dream. You’ll get there.
Dream big, live with your hopes up and don’t forget why you started this journey. At times, it can be hard to believe in oneself. You may get rattled. In those times you can benefit from just believing in someone else’s belief in you. When you have doubts lean on those you can trust they will get you through it. There is enough….more than enough for everyone. The resources are as limitless as the mind. It is your time, to take ownership of a stake in what you’ve help create.
How will your acting career be remembered by those you care about?
Get professional headshots. Headshots are the gateway to the majority of your opportunities. The longer you go without them, the more gigs will pass you by. Don’t make the mistake of getting pictures taken by your friend that dabbles in photography. I know you can get those pics free or cheap, but they likely won’t move you in the direction you want to head. Fewer calls will lead to less inspiration. Less inspiration can lead to giving up. Great headshots get you work and help keep your dream alive.
In Athens/ATL, I recommend Griffspix. He does great work and has photographed me and many of my students. No matter where you live, you can do a search and find a good headshot photographer. It can be pricey, but spend the money. Headshots are an investment in your dreams. What better investment could you make?
Make sure that you pay attention to what current headshot trends are hot. Take a peek at some of the larger agency websites and see what they’ve approved for their actors. When you get your proofs, select a look that you want to sell. Select a look that is the fantasy of what types of characters you’d love to play.
Are you a “whatever it takes” actor or a “whatever I can get” actor?
If you want to stay in the game, don’t settle. If you’re having trouble finding work, don’t lower your standards. Elevate your standards. We all, inevitably, move towards the standards we’ve set for ourselves.
Audition and train with purpose. When we give purpose to our actions, we get results from our actions. We create wins for ourselves. Think about how often you’d like to audition, what kinds of characters you want to play and what direction you want to head in. Set your standards and keep them high. Let’s figure out what we can do together to help transform you into the vision of what you want to be on screen. The stronger and more detailed your vision is, the better it can be expressed on set. I see big things ahead for you, but you must see them too for this to work. There’s no shortage of work out there.
I’m extremely proud of the students I’ve had over the last several months. They are not only talented, they are awesome people. Tonight, a group of them brought home the “people’s choice” award at the VHS film festival. The movie was titled “Game Night”. It’s a comedy short, directed by Micah Hudson (a former student). Soak up the attention, you guys deserve it.
Directed by Micah Hudson
Anna Rodriguez, George Kassaev, Missy Cummings , Mary Whitehead and Nick Schultz