WHY ACTING IS NOT DIFFERENT FROM ANY OTHER TYPE OF JOB
If you’ve worked in any other industry, the process for employment usually goes like this: you don’t sit around waiting for openings to be advertised in the dailies for you to send in your application. You relentlessly send in your C.V., cover letter, certificate copies etc to the institutions you’d like to work for. You ask for any openings & when none are available, you ask them to notify you of future vacancies which they usually respond to by directing you to their website where you can check for vacancies.
99% of the companies don’t even bother getting back to you to say “No, thank you but we have no vacancies”. In fact, you never even hear back from them. Does that stop you from sending more applications (Both to the same companies that have never responded & to those you’ve never applied to)? No!
SO WHY AREN’T YOU SENDING OUT YOUR ACTING RESUMES, HEADSHOTS & SHOW REELS TO PRODUCTION COMPANIES AND CASTING DIRECTORS WHICH ARE THE BASIC TOOLS FOR ANY ACTOR LOOKING FOR WORK?
You meet with this HR manager and tell them that you’re good at this & that & that you’d fit in at their company and add immense value to it. He believes you, great! He then asks you about your experience in the field you’re claiming prowess in to see where he can place you but it turns out you have none and of course telling him/her “you can do anything” never really gets you anywhere. You just feel ‘talented’ in it! You’re sure you can handle it because it’s a God given talent! Well, guess what? There’re people with both God given talent, experience and know specifically what it is they want to do. They are the actors ahead of you! They’re the people already working. The actors you complain that are getting all the jobs. The same faces.
SO WHY DONT YOU EVEN HAVE A DEMO/SHOW REEL BY YOURSELF TO PROVE YOU’RE WORTH WHAT YOU CLAIM? YOU SAY YOU ARE TALENTED, SHOW IT? MAKE A CLIP AND PUT IT UP FOR PEOPLE TO SEE. YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE IN A SERIES TO MAKE ONE.
Lucky for you, Mr. HR sets up an interview for you for a potential position at the company. You’re ecstatic. You can’t wait for the fateful day. You’re positive your God given talent will win them over. Brilliant! You get there and there’s a panel, really looking to hire someone to fill the position. They ask you some questions that you don’t, but ought to, know. They outline the qualities & qualifications of the person they’re looking for. You don’t fit any. You don’t even know what exactly they’re hiring for. You simply did not do your research. Research that could’ve helped you “bag” the job. Or at least put you in good graces with the bosses for next time. YOU ARE BLINDLY GOING FOR AUDITIONS! YOU’RE NOT TAKING THE TIME TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THE CASTING DIRECTOR IS LOOKING FOR. AND SUBSEQUENTLY TRYING TO FIT INTO IT!
YOU ARE OBLIVIOUS THAT ACTING TOO IS A PROFESSION AND MUST BE TREATED LIKE SO!
Were it any other job opportunity, you would have gone through the company website to get information. You would have found out what is required of you and work towards those requirements. You would have done research on the job you are applying for and what it entails. So why are you not doing the same for your acting career?
You hear ‘auditions’ and simply run to them. You don’t care whether you fit what they’re looking for or not. You’re still going, regardless. Then you lament later how there’s favoritism in auditions!
So, if as an actor you’re not doing what people looking for ‘normal’ jobs are doing, tarmacking, you sit there and wait for roles to be dropped on your lap because hey, you’ve got your God given talent! Think again because talent alone is not enough to make it.
PS: Stop calling yourself an aspiring actor! YOU ARE AN ACTOR! Just without paid work at the moment.
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