I’ve never considered myself a religious person.
And please don’t misunderstand me here–I’m not about to launch into a long diatribe on religion. The whole analogy will make sense by the time we finish, if you just hear me out.
And while I’ve never been what I would call a religious person, and maybe I’ve even thought some of the apocalyptic stories I’ve heard throughout the years were complete nonsense.
But nonetheless, it’s hard not to take a look at what is happening in the world right now and wonder if the “end of times” is near.
I mean, think about it:
And these are all just the stories that have broken over the last few days.
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I’ve worked with a lot of creative people throughout the years, and I’ve also listened to interviews with probably hundreds of people that work in film, acting, and the arts. Almost every single person cited one thing that they thought could be the biggest reason that artists and creative types get frustrated and burn out–something that many of them had suffered from themselves at some point in their lives.
Do you know what that one thing is?
The never-ending feeling that they need to please someone.
Have you felt it before? Probably. I know that I have. I don’t know a single person who hasn’t felt this at some point in their life, but it seems like creative people especially feel like they have something to prove.
Have any of these thoughts crossed your mind?
I can’t be successful if I’m not working in Hollywood.
If I don’t get this next gig then I’m a failure.
If I don’t make xxx amount of money from doing this, then what’s the point?
I’m embarrassed to tell my friends and family what I really want to do because they think it’s a dumb idea.
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A talent agent can open up doors for actors and get them auditions and bookings that the vast majority of people never even hear about.
Don’t believe me?
Just ask Ethan.
Ethan was a teen actor who had signed up for an on-camera acting workshop I was teaching. He had some theatrical experience but hadn’t done any on-camera acting previously. But he was very talented and enthusiastic, and after the workshop, I invited him to meet with me at the talent agency I worked at to discuss representation.
We ended up signing Ethan, and within just a couple of months, we got him booked on a major supporting role in Spike TV’s The Kill Point, starring Donnie Wahlberg and John Leguizamo.
This teen actor with almost no experience in front of a camera got booked on a major cable network TV show because he found the right agent.
Can you imagine the auditions and bookings you’d have access to if you signed with the right agency?
How different would your career (and your life) be?
It all starts with finding a great agent to represent you.
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Here’s how a mistake on one acting job ended up costing me over $30,000 so far!
Here’s a video of me looking like a tool while explaining why people should get a 212 area code for their business.
I still remember this shoot. I had a little video demo posted online for months that I had actually totally forgotten about it until one day I got a call from a production company–someone had seen my demo and wanted to book me for a gig.
Of course I was thrilled!
There were two different videos that were going to be commercials on the company’s website. They featured me as the spokesperson, convincing people to sign up for the service and explaining how easy it was.
There was zero prep time needed on my part. I showed up the day of the shoot and read the script off of a teleprompter. We did a few takes for each of the videos. Things went smoothly, and I was out in about two hours.
And on top of that, I was actually getting paid! A few weeks after the shoot,
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