Actors – Can Social Media Help You Get Cast?

Social media is literally changing the way projects are cast. All other things being equal, if three actors are up for a role on a big project, chances are the actor with a substantial following will nab the role. This means that if you’re a savvy actor, you’ll start building your social media empire BEFORE you’re up for a series regular.

If you’re like some of my clients, the thought of using social media for your acting career can be completely overwhelming. I’m here to tell you – don’t panic! Here are four simple steps you can use to get your social media mojo started, giving you a leg up on the competition!

1. Start Small

There are many social media platforms to choose from, but my advice is to start with one and get really good at it. If you’re already using Facebook anyway, why not start there? Do you love taking photos? Try Instagram! Maybe Twitter is more your speed. No need to overload yourself right away. You can always add another once you’ve got the first one down.

2. Create a Plan

This is where you can get creative! Keeping your actor brand in mind, think about some themes that you would like to post about regularly. For example, do you have a charity that you work with? Do you like to make people laugh? Are you a foodie? You can also repost or retweet other people’s content, and give them a shout-out. Of course, don’t forget to post your acting successes, too!

3. Make a Schedule

Once you have some daily themes in mind, it’s time to schedule your posts for the week. I recommend using a free app like Bufferapp.com or Hootsuite.com. I’ve found that scheduling daily posts ahead of time (for the week or the month) is much more efficient than trying to post every single day.

4. Be Social!

It’s called social media for a reason, so be sure to spend a little time every day responding to your likes, retweets, mentions, and other people’s posts. Reciprocation goes a long way, so keep the dialogue going with your peeps!

5. Watch the Clock

Be careful not to fall down the rabbit hole. Social media sites are made for you to kill time, so be mindful of how you’re spending yours. Fifteen minutes a day is all that’s needed to stay social.

Best Actor India

They act, they play the toughest roles, they play the most contradictory and the roles which require a lot more dedication and patience with the best possible expressions and a smile on their face. Such great artists can be none other than actors. They are the best in their profession and with their acting and performances, our Indian entertainment industry has come too far and there has been no looking back. Every year we see our film industry witnessing new and fresh talents with such good and exceptional skills. All of them get paid for the excellent work that they do but only one out of them breaks the records.

For the year 2019, Akshay Kumar has been announced as one of the best actor by Forbes. Also he is one of the highest paid actors in the industry. After having delivered the most successful films on Box office, Akshay is surely one absolute talent box. The scripts he chooses for his films are so unique and lately he has been making films on public awareness and crucial issues which will influence the public for some good. He is known for doing one film per year and every time he does a film, it’s a massive hit. The actor is known for his best and natural acting skills. He has earned 65 million from June 2018 – June 2019. He is one of the best entertainers in the world. From a cook to a martial arts trainer to one of the versatile actors around the globe, Akshay Kumar’s journey has been very exceptional and inspiring. The top brand endorsements that he does are also helping him earn enough money. He had lately involved himself in the advertisements which require more of public attention. The actor is known for his best acting talent and with his highest earning record, Akshay Kumar has beaten top celebrities like Rihanna, Bradley Cooper, and Scarlett Johansson.

India is proud of Akshay for his impressive performances on the row. With Mission Mangal, one of his recent films, he proved that more than entertainment, he always wanted to inspire young minds and the people of this society. The world needs more of such actors like Akshay Kumar.

For Actors, There Are Many Pathways to Success

Many young actors entering the entertainment industry have the mindset that there are only a few ways of pursuing a career. They get stuck on well-trodden pathways and they wonder why they don’t succeed. Their strategy is to follow the herd instead of seeking out what they need to know, how to implement this knowledge, and how to do it brilliantly so people will hire them. Instead of being pragmatic, they follow a culture of mediocrity doing just enough to get by.

This singular mindset is the result of several forces, forces such as pie-in-the-sky thinking, an archaic educational system, misleading claims from instructors and acting schools, plus reluctance to seek out alternative pathways. It is very easy to get stuck with tunnel vision when pursuing an entertainment career, especially among new comers. They follow those around them becoming stranded in a quagmire of indecision.

The pie-in-the sky thinking is most prevalent among young actors. They come to entertainment centers like Los Angeles and New York with a feeling of entitlement, that they have to do very little to be discovered and find work. Rather than improving ones craft, they become obsessed with getting an agent, getting into the union, or getting into top-level workshops. Another obsession is marketing; producing pictures, resumes, and demo reels. Such goals have little to do with learning one’s craft.

Others become involved in an archaic educational system that benefits instructors more so than the students. This is especially true in scene workshops, which perpetuate the myth that one learns best by doing. For the beginners and intermediate students such workshops are not very effective learning venues. Why is this? More time and energy are expended in putting up scenes than on learning the fundamental skills of acting. Memorizing a scene, rehearsals, performances and the instructor’s critique, they take up valuable time. This time could be better spent on learning and perfecting specific techniques.

In such scene workshops, students may receive only snippets of advice, as time restraints do not allow in-depth coaching. Moreover, of those snippets, most apply to that specific scene rather than to acting in general. In addition, students usually become overwhelmed by the many requirements of performing a scene, working on everything and mastering none. Without specific guidelines, the student is confronted with too many decisions, which leads to bad choices or to no choices. Likewise, struggling through a long workshop scene usually perpetuates more faults than fixes. Another caveat is that uncorrected flaws soon become part of the student’s skill set, flaws that can seriously impede advancement.

Another force affecting pathways is the hype of acting schools, workshops, and instructors. Many of these venues prey on the actor’s quest for stardom and hold those carrots dangling just out of reach. Prospective students thus select fame and fortune over craft. When offered platitudes and compliments, the drug of choice, students becomes addicted to stay in these classes. Another dangling carrot is the guru like status of certain instructors. They are the celebrity instructors who are known more for their credits than for their teaching abilities. At universities, weighty curriculums, testimonials and inviting photos are used to entice students to a school where instructors have reach the safety of tenure. As such, these instructors teach the same stuff they were taught leaving student’s performances years behind current acting standards.

Do you prefer a lengthy curriculum or do you want to learn what makes you a professional actor, one that can sustain a long working career. Having a diploma does not make you an actor, but having the knowledge, the means to implement it and the experience to implement it brilliantly gets you close to professional status.

Many new actors are reluctant to seek out alternative pathways to knowledge, create a system that accumulates craft. Some may plead ignorance in not knowing there are other learning venues. When you don’t know what you don’t know, how could you possibly know? How would you correct that problem? How would you approach finding this elusive knowledge?

You begin by looking at the criteria for a professional actor. What are the things that make them acclaimed and award-winning actors? One of the most prominent attributes is internalization, the ability to relate what’s going on within the mind and body. Another is the ability to build credible and compelling characters. When you look at requirements for being a professional actor, these questions lead you to resources, to answers, and finally to competence. What do you need to know? What are the things you must do and do well? When you find areas, you know little about, research them and learn more about them? Great actors are continually reaching out and learning new things.

Still other beginning actors are too lazy to pursue anything outside of their comfort zone. They fall into a set routine that does little to challenge their creative powers. A weekly workshop doesn’t cut it. Soon, their careers stall out, as there is no improvement. They continue to do more of the same.

This stuck in the mud scenario happens with more and more actors, as they become incapacitated by failures. How can one get out and move on toward success? What are some of the venues and ways to seek knowledge and obtain craft?

Let’s go back to the basic principles of advancing your career. Namely, seek out what you need to know, then learn how to implement this knowledge, and finally learn how to implement this knowledge brilliantly so people will hire you. Alexander Payne, the director of the movie “Nebraska” said the same thing, “It’s not what you do, it’s how you do it, and if you can do it well.”

The venues and pathways to greatness are mostly ones of exploration and discovery. It most cases they are not expensive when compared to establish training. However, they do demand a rigorous discipline and the obsession to improve. Acting is a profession where the skills and techniques are self-initiated; you learned them because you want to.

Read, and read anything you can lay your hands on, scripts, plays, and novels. People who read fiction have a better social demeanor and better understand the problems we humans face. It also acquaints you with story structure, character development and dialogue patterns. It creates those what-if-moments and allows your mind to internalize the thoughts and feelings of the characters. A good training platform as it activates the actor’s brain.

Read books and publications on the craft of acting, the techniques of internalizations, the building of compelling characters and the styles of acting. As an actor, you need to learn the language of performing so you can communicate with directors and other actors. Things such as definitions, the dramatic choices and equations, and how changing one facet can change everything else. Acting is a collaborate art and one must learn to work skillfully within an ensemble environment. SamuelFrench.com is a solid resource in this area.

See movies by great actors and fully comprehend their techniques. Replay these movies numerous times until you see and understand what the actor is doing. DVD’s are most helpful in this regard because when you see and hear it, you comprehend the technique and you know what to replicate. In addition, if you don’t get it the first time, you can replay the scene over and over until you fully understand the technique and can effectively duplicate it. Award-winning work should be dissected, analyzed, emulated, and done so for the purpose of improving ones dramatic awareness and agility as well as expanding one’s dynamic range. DVD rental services, such as Netflix and Blockbuster, charge as low as $8 a month and often the extras on the disk offer additional insight into acting and directing.

Attending live performances of plays and musicals provide another dimension to acting. In smaller theatres, the performances approach that of film and TV. Attend community theatre, high school plays as well as professional outings. You will learn much by noting the things done well as well as those that were not. See what works and what does not.

Look to science to find ways of improving your craft. For instance, the research studies by psychologist Paul Ekman and Robert B Zajonc provide insights into facial expressions and physiological changes in the body. Great information when trying to articulate various emotions. Author and instructor John Sudol expands on this phenomenon in his book “Acting: Face to face.” Research studies on body language can likewise provide enormous information about a character’s physical presence. Another important resource is the area of psychiatry, especially when related to personality, temperament types and abnormal behaviors. In drama, almost every character is built upon flaws and abnormalities. Few characters are normal, at least not all the time.

You can also gain considerable knowledge by listening to establish professionals. These could be mentors or casual encounters at industry functions. These people have valuable insights and you can connect with them at panel discussions, industry expos, conferences, and film festivals. Take advantage of these opportunities by asking specific questions that show you are eager to learn. Asking intelligent questions is a great networking tool as it fosters mutual respect. There are also specialist and consultants that can help you with things like voice training, accent reduction, and audition preparation. However, these services come at a price.

Your fellow actors, your peers, are likewise a great resource for improving your craft. Working with them, rehearsing scenes, or just hanging out, these encounters offer opportunities to exchange ideas and techniques. A great many times these encounters provide new perspectives on the many facets of acting. However, these meetings can easily turn into gripping session where little progress is attained. So stay on target and focus on improving your craft.

It’s very easy to get so caught in ones own career pursuits that we forget about the people that help and support us. Take a step back and find ways return the favor. It could be a referral to a low-cost photographer, or an offer to proofread their bio. These gestures mean a lot and cost little in time and effort. They also help build lasting relationships and studies show such good deeds make us feel better about our own lives. A sincere note of gratitude is likewise a good gesture.

One of the major obstacles in seeking alternative pathways is the personality of the actor. Some actors have a know-it-all attitude, that they are superior in the craft of acting. No one is going is teach them anything. Such an attitude limits their growth because they have reached the pinnacle of their career. Other personality types include the spent-thrift and bargain hunters. Money issues determine their career choices and they settle for what they can afford rather than seeking a process that fulfills their goals. This article points out numerous career pathways that cost little or nothing. Another personality type is the one that believes in serendipitous fulfillment, believing that good things will happen, a pleasant surprise, or a fortuitous happenstance. You will find this personality type lingering hopefully outside the gates of commitment, waiting to be discovered.

The Internet is a wonderful resource for actors. There are numerous sites displaying blogs and articles on the techniques of acting. Most will be associated with acting schools and the business/marketing aspects of acting. Try sites such as actortips.com and backstage.com. Also, look at the many videos available on YouTube Acting. While you will find conflicting advice, as you become more knowledgeable, you will be able to sort out which techniques best serve your immediate needs, your character type and persona.

Listen to your own heartbeat, how you react to things in your own life. What are your wants and feelings, your dreams and aspirations? How do you take on the agony of defeat or the triumph of victory? Life studies are an integral part of ones dramatic training and watching what others go through, whether it is hardships or moments of elation, provide an enormous wealth of character material. And the best part, it doesn’t cost you a dime.

This article has covered some of the pathways one can use to supplement ones formal training. It has also covered ways to attain acting techniques, many using effective cost-saving ways. The supplemental training shown here can greatly expand ones range of techniques. However, they require strong will power and the initiative to put them into practice.

Acting is not something you easily attain in a classroom. The skills, techniques, and principles of drama come about by understanding humanity, and the many choices people face in life. In many cases, you need to discover this process for yourself. There are reactions and consequences to our choices in acting as in life, and seeking out the many pathways available can make ones journey more rewarding. For these pathways will reveal what you need to know, how to implement this knowledge, and how to do it brilliantly so people will hire you. The choice is yours.

 

Actors: Are You Sure You Want To Be an Actor?

WHAT KINDS OF PEOPLE WANT TO BE ACTORS?
Lunatics, manic depressives, people with too much ego, people with too little ego. People with so much talent it’s scary. People with so little talent it’s scary. And just about everyone else in between. The ideal acting candidate carries the following in his DNA: ear, energy, intelligence, imagination, and intuition; the ideal acting candidate somewhere develops the following character traits: determination, drive, refusal to be beaten, resilience, pride, awareness of self and others. Wed those two lists of requirements and you have a potential actor–or saint!

So you have all those characteristics! Great. Now for a couple of comments:

Actors fib. Maybe it is a requirement. But fib they do. I have asked several actors why they want to act. Mostly they fib but here are some of their more truthful replies, followed by my own observations.

1. “I thought it would be fun.”
FUN? Let’s see. Work 9-5, beg to come in late so you can sign up for an open call. Or instead, get up at six AM and stand in a line outside the Equity building in every kind of weather. I remember waiting outside for two hours in 13 degree temperature for an open call for ­ appropriately ­ “The Grapes of Wrath.” That was life imitating at least the title of the play!

FUN? Tech and dress that goes on until one AM. A long subway trip home. Up at seven to be to work at nine. Get off work whenever. In the theatre at seven. Curtain at eight. Hours and hours and hours of rehearsal. There are ten people in the opening night audience.

FUN? Four months of open calls nearly every day and not one callback. The air is laden and leaden with depression, rejection, doubt, loneliness. Suddenly a small house and family in Nebraska sound like Eden.

FUN? After an audition, being told by the director you are better than the “star name” they cast, but golly gee you know the business! Gotta fill those seats! Subtext: You’re a nobody. “How dreary to be somebody! How public, like a frog.” This is small example of why I push for actors to read poetry. No actor sums up being a nobody better than Emily Dickinson.

FUN? You have the female lead in a 35 minute short film, opposite a huge name actor who won’t even speak to you because you are not also a “name.” [“I’m nobody! Who are you? Are you nobody, too?”] In fact he won’t even sit next to you in a bar scene. Me? Once that Northern Irish temper set in (controlled of course!) I was OK. Till then, I felt like Dickinson’s frog TAKE TWO.

FUN? Five years later you still have the scar on your arm from the nail some indifferent carpenter failed to hammer in properly and you, rushing off stage, slashed your arm on it. The wardrobe mistress blasts loose language not even heard even in triple XXX rated because you got blood on the costume. Excuse me!

FUN? You’re doing Shakespeare behind the NY Public Library. The woman whom you have a scene with in three minutes tears her ankle and you have to improvise both sides of the dialogue because the plot depends on this scene, all the while you keep the verbal balls in the air in dazzling iambic pentameter. When it’s over you grab the Xanax or go into cardiac arrest.

Endless examples. If you’re in it for “fun,” go dance on the rim of Etna or Vesuvius, or any other volcano, while its sizzling. Now that’s fun!

Reason # 2 which actors give for becoming become actors:
“I thought I’d give it a try.”

Me: Don’t bother. Fire swallowing is an easier occupation. Try it.

3. And yet another reason for becoming an actor:
“I was in a play in high school. It was a good memory.”

Me: Don’t ruin a perfectly lovely memory.

4. Reason (Usually at the bottom of very few lists, if there at all!)
“I just have to. It’s like breathing. It’s something I have to do.”

Me:Oh dear, hope he’s talented. His answer is impeccable.

With the possible exception of the “just have to” response, it is my own opinion that 15 minutes in the sun is what lures people into acting. You want sun? Go to Phoenix.

However, it is that same drive for recognition and praise that draws us all, regardless of how noble our professed protestations for wanting to act. The person who lacks that drive for recognition and praise won’t work his tail off trying to get auditions and trying to get roles.

Anyone who doesn’t want recognition is fibbing. Any actor who says he pays no attention to reviews or recognition has a daddy who’s a director, a studio nabob, a producer. If you are just acting for yourself (“I don’t care what people think just so long as I am pleased with what I did.”), then you don’t need an audience and it’s less draining to play charades on Friday evening with friends and neighbors.

So my bravos to those who truthfully say, “Yeah, I’m all for fame and glory. I want recognition. I want to be famous.” Then let the drive for fame also be the drive that gets you auditions and bowls over the directors and producers. But also love acting, and honor the profession, and want to be the best actor you can be.

Acting, every word and every eyebrow twitch, is a challenge. Let the challenge be a reason to become an actor. Because acting, especially on stage, is one of the toughest jobs in all of the arts. Challenge doesn’t begin to describe what it means to make an audience forget you and mix you up with character you are playing.

I remember once auditioning with the Duchess of York’s monologue as she curses her despicable son, Richard III. Although the director later cast me, her response to my monologue was, “I wouldn’t want to cross you!” That was not me. Those words were Shakespeare’s. Not mine. The challenge was to make The Duchess sound real -real with variety and energy. The director’s comment was not intended as a compliment. But it was to me-because of the challenge of Shakespeare’s words.

My advice to almost everyone who wants to be an actor is DON’T. Find something you really like to do where you can earn a living and then do community theatre. If you live in a large city, there are often movies shot in your city and you could do extra work. In other words, train for a good profession and yet keep your finger in the acting pie, only as a good amateur rather than someone struggling to live off acting.

Although what I am about to say goes against many people’s opinion, nevertheless let me say it–with the caveat that it is MY opinion and is not written on a tablet from Mount Sinai. I am not Moses..

There is, I firmly believe, a performing mentality: positive, gutsy, determined, self-confident (about self and ability), full of energy and vitality. I do not believe it is the role of a teacher or a coach to pull or to elicit from a student the energy, the vitality, the joy, the confidence that this profession requires.

Acting requires almost superhuman self-confidence, at least during an audition or performance. You certainly can be taught how to say a line or deliver a speech. But that drive to perform must be so strong that no amount of doubt can prevent or destroy your ability to shine at an audition or performance.

Not long ago a June graduate of one of America’s prestigious drama departments asked if I would coach her acting and guide her in how to audition. I agreed. Then she went home (Ohio) to visit a brother and his children. When she returned, she said their life was so good (family and home) that she wondered if she really wanted to act. I strongly suggested that she return home, find a job she enjoyed, and build a good life. I was absolutely sincere in my advice.

I am most alive on stage or in front of a camera. Not to act is not to be whole. BUT THAT IS ME. Relatively dull in real life, but a cyclone when performing. I do not recommend this profession to anyone unless you have the drive, the talent, the ability to function well in spite of rejection, and a joyous inner energy that is contagious to casting people and to audiences.

I wish you luck and sincerely hope that in another ten years we will see your name in lights on Broadway or on a movie marque on 42nd Street. Or that you will be happy in Montana, or Maine, or Mississippi, with a good job, a home, and a lovely family.