Do you want to leave a 9-to-5 job and move to LA to act? Ryan Kolbe did, so he wrote an article to help you succeed.
My intent with this article is to inform people who are thinking about transitioning from a “stable, 9 to 5 job” to an acting career in Los Angeles of the expectations they should set for themselves in going through the process. I have successfully made that transition, and because of that, I feel that I have a unique voice and perspective that similar articles do not share. I did my best to be transparent in explaining what I’ve gone through, and am going through – with the ultimate goal of providing insight and additional information for those who are thinking about making a similar leap.
My background is in sales and marketing. After graduating from college, I worked at the local NBC affiliate doing marketing and digital media sales for our station’s website. I then moved to a digital marketing company where I started off in sales, and then evolved into the creative side where I created content for the websites of more than a few Fortune 500 companies. The people I worked with were awesome, but I felt that I was on a very safe, linear path in the business world that I wasn’t really excited about.
If there is one theme that seems to run through all the questions I’ve received from actors more than any other, hands down, is fear to use our voice.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
The business of show
Or, eight suggestions from our friends in “real” business we’d do well to adopt.
I love trolling for “civilian” articles and books to see if/how they apply to my life as a working artist. It keeps me sharp, gives me a fresh perspective, and sometimes, when there’s no alignment, makes me laugh.
Are you headed down the red carpet or the green carpet?
Hollywood transforms into a smorgasbord of emotional highs and lows during Oscar week. Breathtaking beauties dripping with baubles prance down the red carpet waiting to be gobbled up by screaming fans and insatiable reporters. Invites to lavish parties are sent with seductively luxurious gift baskets ready to lure the prey. This is the stuff dreams are made of. And it’s all so damn tempting isn’t it? The red carpeters have it all—the perfect life. Wow, some people have all the luck. Why is it so easy for them and so difficult for me?
Cinema should make you forget you are sitting in a theater.
- Roman Polanski (via lyrexz)
RIP Shirley Temple Black (April 23, 1928 – February 10, 2014)
Commercial actors should never forget to take a deep breath when placed “on avail.” [article] → http://bit.ly/1cqpI8k
Avails are a good thing. You may think I’m crazy to have stated something so obvious. But I *do* feel the need to say it and I’ll even take it a step further and ask you to remind yourself of that every now and then. The whole avails process makes more than a few actors a little cuckoo. When on avail, actors can overanalyze, obsess, and become overwhelmed by anxiety. Avails are a good thing, remember that.