NOTHING Can Replace or Diminish a Strong Work Ethic

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NOTHING Can Replace or Diminish a Strong Work Ethic

 

It doesn’t really matter whether you’re an actor, writer or IT professional.

 

You must have a strong work ethic to survive and thrive in this world.

 

From an observational standpoint, I use a lot of child stars as an example. Not all, but a lot of them were quite lucky from an early age and the only job they ever had was to be an actor.
Pretty great, huh?

 

However their experience is not a realistic one and it did not prepare them for the world at large when/if their careers stalled.

 

A lot of them are not prepared and were not prepared for curve balls that headed their way, because they didn’t have any other skill than being an actor.

It has nothing to do with having an Plan A or Plan B, per se.

 

It has to do with your world and life experience.

From my own observation when I hear of a young star or starlet being “difficult” or showing up late, keeping people waiting, being snotty to fans...it’s not shocking to me.

 

They don’t appreciate what a gift they have been given. 

 
Those of you in the trenches waiting tables, tending bar, substitute teaching and on and on are believe it or not SO lucky & SO much more prepared for life.

 

When/if you get those bookings and triumphs, you appreciate it and do not take it for granted.

 

They were simply not prepared for a world that didn’t include a hit TV show or film career.

 

On one hand, I believe if you’re a good person you’re going to be that same good person regardless of the money and success that comes your way.

 

On the other hand, the young starlets and stars that behave in such a manner are not much different than this younger generation coming out of school and expecting everything handed to them.

 

They haven’t had the struggle. They never waited tables or worked in a chaotic call center. They have never been sick to their stomach as the 1st of the month approaches. For them, that does not compute.

 

There are always exceptions. Always. But I see it quite frequently with successful actors that if you followed their journey you realize that they were pretty darn lucky.

 

True, we don’t always see their struggles and their work.

But if they have been a working actor since their teens and early 20’s, color them fortunate.

 

I have been working since I was 11 years old.

 

I was “the” neighborhood babysitter and was known as the type of responsible kid that parents trusted. And I did that consistently until I was old enough to get an official job at the mall. And many many jobs and careers followed including acting. 

 

I went to school with kids that didn’t have to work. If we took a trek to the mall their parents easily and readily gave them a couple $100 to blow on whatever.

 

If I wanted whatever, I had to work to pay for it.

 

I’m bringing up Work Ethic because I believe it is so important for aspiring and working actors. You’ve often heard the phrase that your agent makes 10% so you’re responsible for 90% of the work.

 

And it’s SO true.

 

So many actors think once they sign with that agent that their work is done.

I talk about this in my book, “ACTING…It’s Not For Sissies”.

 

Once you sign with an agent THAT is when the work begins. NOW you’re in a position to capitalize on that connection and that person who is working to get you into doors.
So when you make it in that door you had better be ready.

 

How are you going to be ready?

 

Classes, workshops, up-to-date professional headshots, updated resume and of course TALENT.

 

And how you are going to pay for all of that? Work! Work! Work!

 

This business has ebbs and flows for everyone no matter their success level. You must be willing to venture out into unknown territory and take the reins.

 

You cannot sit and wait for your agent or anyone else to bring things to you. Go out and get it!!

 

There will always be actors that are working actors that people refer to as “difficult”, that will never change.

 

However, in most cases, do you want to know why it’s “who you know”? That’s because no one wants to spend a 15-hour day with a pain in the ass!!

 

If a director has worked with an actor and had a great experience, they’re going to hire that actor again.

 

That’s why it’s “who you know”.

 

There are producers and directors that say, you know what, I could get this person who is a much bigger “name”, but life is too damn short and if we’re going to embark on this creative journey, let’s enjoy it too!

 

Life is happening all around you.

 

You may not currently be at your chosen destination.

 

But please know if you’re armed with a healthy work ethic, you will always get the better of those challenges that life throws your way.

 

Break A Leg!

 

 

 

“ACTING…It’s Not For Sissies”

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eBook Now Available in Japanese!!

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日本で使用できるようになりまし電子ブック
ebook now available in Japanese 

 
 

こんにちは。Hello

私はロサンゼルスでコーチと著者の演技、女優です。私が原因で私のコーチングのクライアントとの私の経験にこの本を書いて、これらのヒント&物語を共有するために強いと感じました。

I’m an actress, acting coach and author in Los Angeles.

I felt compelled to write this book and share these tips & stories due to my experiences with my coaching clients.

ほとんどの演技学校&劇場プログラムは演技の工芸を教え、彼らは演技の「ビジネス」をカバーしていません。私が始めたとき、私はこの本を持っていたいです!

Most acting schools & theatre programs teach the craft of acting, but they do not cover the “business” of acting. I wish I had this book when I was starting out! 

 

 

 
 

 

 
 
 
 

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A脚を破ります!

Break A Leg!

eBook Now Available in SPANISH

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Consejos de negocios para los aspirantes a actores que quieren mudarse a Hollywood
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Happy Hump Day…Book Updates

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Happy Hump Day everyone!

Thank you for the support for my book. It has been very well-received, and not just by family and friends. 🙂 (wink wink)

For those that don’t know me, I am an actress, writer and acting/career coach out of Los Angeles and Houston.

I felt compelled to share these tips & stories due to my experiences with my coaching clients and the issues and questions that came up.







Here are some updates:
My book, “ACTING…It’s Not For Sissies” is coming soon to the Barnes and Noble in AUSTIN at 10000 Research Blvd #158, Austin, TX 78759






It is now available at local Barnes and Noble stores in the HOUSTON area including:
-The Woodlands 1201 Lake Woodlands Dr. The Woodlands, TX 77381
-Pearland 11200 Broadway St Unit 500, Pearland, TX 77584

-Pasadena 5656 Fairmont Pkwy Pasadena, TX 77505

…more stores to come!

If you’re in LOS ANGELES
-It is available at Samuel French Bookshop 7623 Sunset Blvd Hollywood, CA 90046
-Coming soon to the Barnes & Noble 1201 3rd Street Promenade Santa Monica, CA 90401
 
 
COMING SOON TO NYC:
Barnes & Noble 150 East 86th Street (& Lexington Ave) New York, NY 10028
 
 
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Or if you have a favorite local bookstore you like to support, you can ask them to order it for you.



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Happy Week!

UGA Professor Banned My Book…accused me of hate speech & being a bully…because of the cover

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I will not post this professor’s name or email to me. However, I will tell you how I responded to the UGA professor that suggested I change the cover of my book, because it was hate speech toward the homosexual community and that I was a bully.

HERE was my response:

Hello.

While I appreciate you taking the time to check out my book, I do not appreciate or deserve being accused of hate speech and being called a bully.

No, I will not be changing my book title and cover. I don’t believe in censorship. And you’re not speaking to one of your students, so please save the lecture.

My career, while also being an actress, has been about helping other actors to succeed. I did it for years as a business owner giving actors part-time/contract work. And before I started coaching professionally, I helped out my friends and actors for free and continue to do so.

Actors want to know what I know and they appreciate the help, the tips and the boost to their careers.

You should be really careful about attacking people personally and making assumptions. You made a choice to be offended. That’s on you.

And the term bully has been so overused and hijacked that it has lost its meaning. Shame on you!

My title and my book have absolutely nothing to do with the homosexual community. But you know that. Any educated adult with common sense knows that. Forgive me if I don’t jump on your looking-to-be-offended bandwagon.

It is a term that has been around since the 19th century. Did it have several meanings? Yes. And gay used to mean happy. 

You mentioned that my title says that acting is not for “you”? Are you saying you’re a sissy? Again, you’re choosing to see yourself in that.  That’s a choice. And that has nothing to do with my book or its contents.  I suggest therapy.

I live in Los Angeles, do you think I don’t have gay people in my life? My book has been endorsed and very well-received.

I had hoped to share it with your students.

While I respect your choice, I do not respect your tactics and personal attacks.

It’s incredibly disappointing that someone who teaches college-age students would be so close-minded.

My best to your students.

Break a leg!

**He of course missed the entire point and purpose of my book cover and title.

If you’re going to pursue acting (or any career in the entertainment industry) you had better be thick-skinned.

He actually needs my book*** 🙂