"I don't enjoy acting as much as I used to."
It's something few actors will say out loud, but many are thinking deep down, especially if they've been in the industry a few years.
It makes sense though!
Once you graduate and you're out in the real world, it's not just performance and living a character anymore.
Now you have to market yourself. You have to find your brand and type, and you need to figure out how to network.
But that's not the part that makes it so difficult - it's what all of that means and feels like.
Someone once told me that in order to book more work, it felt like he had to "whore himself out."
Excusing the language, I think what he said makes perfect sense.
Who in their right mind wants to "sell" themselves? You didn't get into acting because you wanted to feel like some used car salesman, did you?
And on top of that, the industry keeps telling you to "figure out your type and brand."
So not only do you have to sell yourself and network, but you can't even play the roles you want anymore because the industry keeps boxing you into only one specific character type!
It's no wonder so many actors choose to perform in student films and community theater for free - in those projects, they get to make character choices they believe in and they can often run with a role however they want.
Well, if there's one thing I want you to take away from this article, it's this:
There IS another way.
There is a way to love acting again, while also getting booked solid with paid roles that you love.
How, you ask?
By finding a brand you're truly proud of. A brand that - rather than boxing you in, opens up more opportunities to you.
Read on to find out how actor Tyrone L. Robinson went through this process and reached his ultimate goal of becoming a Broadway actor... in less than four weeks.
How Tyrone L. Robinson Made His Broadway Debut
Tyrone L. Robinson was working as a professional actor for over fifteen years. He had a long list of credits but felt stuck because he was always being offered the same, 1-2 line roles in film, TV, and theater.
At the time however, he believed he had a clear grasp on his brand because he was being called in for police officer and detective roles frequently. He told me an acting coach said his brand was: strong, burly detective.
I took him through a series of very specific questions, and after about thirty minutes we came up with this:
African American strength, compassion, and pride.
And that's when everything changed.
How to Earn an Extra $1,000 Per Month Freelancing - The Complete, Definitive Guide for Actors (or anyone else)
What would it feel like if suddenly you had some extra cash?
And not just $20 or $50. How about $1,000?
Earning an extra $1,000 per month from freelancing would be a welcome addition to almost anyone's income, and it's easier than you think to achieve.
In this post I'll outline a simple, step by step plan to figure out what you'll do, show you how to find clients, and then what to do to turn them into raving fans who refer you to their friends!
Learn how I built City Headshots from nothing to over 100 clients per month by using these same strategies.
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