A filmmaker’s career is like the soil. The soil will only grow what has been planted. The soil doesn’t discriminate between what is edible and what is poisonous. Whatever is planted and fertilized will eventually become the crop. Occasionally, the wind may blow a useful seed into the right place, but the best way to ensure the right thing is planted in the right place is to do a bit of farming. What are you planting in your mind? Do your actions match the results you want? Don’t allow poor habits to move you further from your dreams. Tend to your career as if it were a garden. Plant something useful. Water and fertilize. Remove the weeds. It takes time, but eventually you’ll harvest a nice crop.
Avoid being a casualty of your dreams, because you’re too casual about your dreams. I’ll be the first to admit, I’ve gotten behind on my dreams at times. I’ve had all the excuses that you may have now. I’ve wondered about my skills, my resources and my background. I’ve examined the reasons why not, instead of the reasons why. I’ve listened to other people, that I shouldn’t have. Are any of these things stopping your progress?
One of the best decisions I ever made was hiring a mentor. I went through a program that helped me examine the way I was approaching life. Sometimes a person needs a kick in the rear to make common sense common practice. You don’t have to hire a professional. A book may resonate with you. A new friend or new setting may change your life. Bottom line is that we must change our thought and then take action, to fulfill our dreams.
In this film business, many people quit. Decide right now that you’re not a quitter…..are you still with me? Good. Now decide what you will do to improve your acting career and your acting skills. There is something you can do, at this very moment, that will propel you towards your dreams. You’ve just added a scheme to your dream. That’s a lethal combination.
Separate yourself from those that have bad things to say about your dream choice. You can still love them, but sometimes we must love from a distance. Add people that support you and will believe in you, even when you doubt yourself. Things will start to change for you.
Always move forward. This is a game of inches. You can move a few inches or several miles, just make sure that you’re moving towards the dream. You’ll get there.
Dream big, live with your hopes up and don’t forget why you started this journey. At times, it can be hard to believe in oneself. You may get rattled. In those times you can benefit from just believing in someone else’s belief in you. When you have doubts lean on those you can trust they will get you through it. There is enough….more than enough for everyone. The resources are as limitless as the mind. It is your time, to take ownership of a stake in what you’ve help create.
How will your acting career be remembered by those you care about?
Are you a “whatever it takes” actor or a “whatever I can get” actor?
If you want to stay in the game, don’t settle. If you’re having trouble finding work, don’t lower your standards. Elevate your standards. We all, inevitably, move towards the standards we’ve set for ourselves.
Audition and train with purpose. When we give purpose to our actions, we get results from our actions. We create wins for ourselves. Think about how often you’d like to audition, what kinds of characters you want to play and what direction you want to head in. Set your standards and keep them high. Let’s figure out what we can do together to help transform you into the vision of what you want to be on screen. The stronger and more detailed your vision is, the better it can be expressed on set. I see big things ahead for you, but you must see them too for this to work. There’s no shortage of work out there.