An old saying that always rings true to me is “where focus goes, energy flows.” This can be applied to many aspects of your acting career. Are you keeping aware of the projects currently casting? Are you attending film festivals and other networking events? Do you know which casting directors are working on each film and series you are targeting?
Increasing the degree to which you have your finger on the pulse of the industry has long been known to help manifest jobs, coincidental meetings, and unexpected opportunities. The consistent success of vision boards is a perfect example of this.
Though, I’m sure you’ve already heard all that jazz.; it’s pretty common knowledge.
Now, I’d like to introduce the possibility that the PEOPLE you are interacting with in the industry are a direct result of your focus. What I mean is, if you feel the film industry is filled with a certain type of person – sleazy, closed off, rude, snobby, ego driven, scammy – it is because that is what YOU are choosing to focus on when out and about in the industry.
I would guess that for every one egotistical actor you meet, you’re also likely meeting ten really cool ones who just love their craft and love what they do. For every one sleazy director you meet, I’m sure you also meet twenty who just want to make great movies.
Yet some actors choose to focus on the tiny minority of negative people they meet, as opposed to the vast majority who are actually pretty awesome. It’s like they’re deciding in advance that “everyone” is a certain way, then finding proof of that “story” at every opportunity, ignoring any evidence that contradicts it.
Take a moment to think of how you perceive the industry and your fellow industry members. Is it negative or positive? Do you feel filmmakers are open to new talent or not? Do you feel successful actors are supportive of each other or not? Does it feel open or closed off? I guarantee, whatever you are finding is exactly what you are choosing to see.
With this in mind, I’d like to ask you to try a little exercise and write down the following:
- Seven filmmakers or CDs who have been nice to you or been open to watching your demo
- Ten times an actor helped you with something you needed a hand on
- Twelve times someone in the industry supported you, helped you or said a nice compliment to you
Really take the time to think about this and write the list down. As I’m sure you know, law of attraction will bring to you more of what you focus on. By finding and focusing on the great things, more great things will come to you.
Now that you have this list, wouldn’t it be nice to shoot a little note to each of them? Not asking if they have any projects casting or whether they’re working on anything and not bragging about your recent work. Just asking how they are, as a fellow human and perhaps thanking them for that time they did something above and beyond that made your journey a little easier. Maybe you could even ask if there’s anything you could help them with too?
A thank you is a wonderful way to reach out to a person you may have lost touch with, and reciprocation is so important in an industry like ours.
I’m going to leave it at that. I think you get the idea. Let’s work to see the industry community as being filled with more love than we imagined. Then lets do a little something like this… just to make sure it is.
Sending love from the madness of pilot season in Hollywood 😉
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