Sunday, May 25, 2014

People Don’t Support My Dream To Become An Actor!

Wendy Alane Wright is a Hollywood Talent Manager with WAW Entertainment. Her clients have appeared in numerous national commercials, movies, webisodes, short films, and on television networks such as ABC, NBC, Comedy Central, BIO, Lifetime, plus many more. Previous to being a Manager and a Talent Agent at Burn Down Entertainment, she assisted many high profile Managers, Agents and Publicists in the careers of Neil Patrick Harris, Johnny Galecki, Sarah Michelle Geller, The Four Tops, The Bee Gees, Meatloaf, Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Guttenberg, The Cranberries Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand, Kenny Rogers, and Neil Diamond. Wendy is also a Recording Artist, Actress, Author and Music Producer all  giving her a 360-degree perspective of the industry.
People Don’t Support My Dream To Become An Actor!
Understand this: When people don’t support your dream to become an actor, it’s not because they lack confidence in you. It’s because they have fear of the unknown. They don’t know if you will be able to make a living at it and take care of yourself financially; something all people in a modern society have to learn how to do. Why? Because life is expensive and costs lots of money.
But if you face the truth and the facts about acting as a career it may make it easier for you to decide what to do. An acting career is the hardest career in the world to make money. Only 5% of actors make a living from it. If you want to act it has to be because you love acting more than life itself. It has to be because you feel more alive when you are acting than doing anything else. It has to be because you need it and you love doing the work. You love being an actor. (You won't know that until you do some acting in theater productions and in classes. So always start there.)
EXPECT...Did you hear that? EXPECT that if you are acting that you will have to find some OTHER WAY to pay the bills. Period. That's just how it is. Only a handful of actors get rich and famous. Ok? Maybe it’s you, maybe it’s not. Who knows? Even famous actors had NO idea it would happen to them. You can’t plan on it. It is a fluke like winning the lottery. You just act because you love it, even if it doesn't pay. So to make money while you are acing here is the best list EVER of flexible actor day jobs.

If you are a KID here is a great way for you kids to make money to be able to PAY FOR YOUR OWN ACTING CLASSES:
The key to success is to work hard at what you want in this life. There is nothing stopping you from working hard, making your own money, flying to LA or NYC and going to acting school at the Stella Adler Academy or the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute.
There is no reason you can’t go to any College or University, get your degree in Business, and at the same time take theater classes and do plays. There is no reason you can't make friends with students at local film schools then write and create your own webseries for You Tube.
You can be and do whatever you want to in this life. If you are willing to work hard and put the time and energy will get results. Some will be great, some not so much. Sometimes you will win, sometimes you will fail. You just get up, brush yourself off and keep going. If you live your life following your heart and being true to who you are... you will be just fine. Believe in yourself because no one will ever believe in you more than you do or God does. And always remember your path on this planet is YOUR path. No one else's. Not your parents, not your friends or family. Just yours. They have their own.
Anything worth having is worth working hard to get. You will get out of it what you put into it. If you want acting roles you will have to work hard to get them. But nothing guarantees you will be a star. What it will guarantee is you will be an actor.

Do you think you become a Doctor by walking into a hospital one day and just say, "Hello, I am a doctor. Where is my patient?" No, Doctors have to go to years and years of school. Well Actors have to do years and years of acting classes, small roles no one has ever heard... of in tiny films, or in tv shows that get cancelled, or moves that fail, and commercials before they ever get noticed. 
But one of the main things you need to understand is that an acting career takes time to build. No matter where you live. Actors get successful over a LONG, LONG period of time and hard work. ALL of them. And most actors do not start out with connections. They build them as they go. The key to a successful career in acting is to do great work over time until people are talking about your work, recommending you for projects, and hiring you. Great acting rises to the top. Actors always have to be very busy building relationships with casting directors, writers, producers and directors. 

Simply put...there is no easy way to build an acting career.  Start at the beginning with training, training, MORE TRAINING along with live performances every chance you get.

There are so many ways to build your acting career. While you are in high school and college,
Take business classes, and act in plays too! Audition for short films that are being made at your states; film schools, create a webseries,  Take tons of acting classes. Sign up on Actors Access and and look for acting jobs to submit yourself to. Drop your headshots off at every film school in your state or every college with a film department and get involved with student films.

Wendy Alane Wright
The Hollywood Talent Manager

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 Wendy Alane Wright is a Hollywood Talent Manager and the president of WAW Entertainment. Her clients have appeared on television networ...