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Taking new headshots every year is not going to move your career ahead but changing your POV absolutely will
An Audacious Self-Regard
You need to develop an a kind of audacious self-respect for yourself.
Things that aren’t useful strategies:
* Taking new headshots every year
* Asking your agents to send you out more
* Taking new headshots everytime you change your hair
* Wishing, praying and waiting
After a certain age, just like any other job, the expectation is that you have certain benchmarks in your career.
Training from the top 5 universities or Master Teachers who have an industry wide reputation.
Here's what momentum looks like: A collection of roles that reflect your growth as an artist and human being.
In short, your resume needs to look like important people have invested a great deal in your work and continue to do so.
It means the roles become more complex and substantial. If your resume has great holes in time without training or schooling, it looks like you’re not really in the game.
For mid-career actors 10 years in, a solid resume will have moved from regional theatre to off broadway and broadway.
From under 5s to co-stars, then guest stars, top of show, recurring and/or series regular
In film, you’ve moved from indies to mainstream films with box office success as co-star or principle with substantial screentime.
When a director or CD takes into account your age and the quality and progression of your credits; if the two don’t match up, you’re not considered to be a good investment in time, energy and financial return.
In other words, you won’t draw heat to a project and heat translates into more money and more complex work for the team.
So what are some effective strategies:
-instead of focusing on changing the outside, invest on changing your way of thinking and feeling about the industry. Your physical appearance will change from year to year. In turn, your talent should grow and reflect that same level of acquired wisdom and dexterity of acting skills.
All of the previous external strategies that focus on someone liking you or you picture are useless. They give away your power because they are the easy stuff, they are not the difficult task of doing your internal work.
The internal work of why you’re here. What you’re good at, what you need to work on so that you’re operating from a place of power and agency instead of needing approval or permission from an industry hell bent on making money.
You’re begging someone you don’t know to like you, take a chance on you and put their career and reputation on the line by hiring you. Would you do that for someone because you liked them? Or would you be more inclined to take a chance on someone who has clearly invested in themselves and has seen a powerful return?
What does that investment look like?
In my next mini tutorial. I’ll be talking a lot more about what that looks like
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April Yvette Thompson