How much is that doggy in the window?
There’s far more to acting than just acting. The job of an actor consists of researching, continuous training, networking, applying for roles, auditioning and oh yes, acting! (with acting usually being the smallest part).
For many, acting is a fad. A short lived dream. Very many people give up because, well, let’s face it – it can be gruelling hard work – a little like climbing a steep ladder in the rain with missing rungs with one hand tied behind your back. Few stick it out for the long haul. You need particularly thick skin and strong personal belief to handle rejection after rejection. Humans are social animals – we don’t like rejection.
Many aspiring actors think that selection and success is based on one’s ability to remember lines, show emotion and become so convincing that the image of the scripted character comes alive in the audition room. Of course, to some extent that definitely helps, but you have to get into the audition room in the first place and what’s more; you have to be different – very different!
Acting takes being smart!
Imagine going to a dog pound to choose your next pet. Which one catches your eye? The boisterous, noisy, hyperactive one – or the one sitting apart from the rest that appears different, unusual and interesting? You’ve got to be that doggy.
There may be people that you know or whom you’ve more likely heard about who were lucky. Those that caught the crest of the wave without years of hardship but in reality, they really are far and few between. You must be smart. Your chances of success are greater – the smarter you are. Be the clever doggy. Do your work, know what people really want.
Catch their eye. Connect with people – the right people. Sit away from the ‘pack’. Be the one about whom Agents and Casting Directors ask, “How much is that doggy in the window?”