A Tale of 2 Actors: How To Be Successful and Avoid the Pitfalls That Causes Actors to Fail

If you have been in the industry for more than 18 months, you have outlasted most other actors.

If you are reading this report, you have also put more thought into how to take your career to the next level them most of them ever will.

That also means your career is at a crossroad.

You have been in the industry long enough to have experience some success and long enough to know that first hand that the industry isn’t all red carpets and glam sessions.

Most actors enter the industry completely wide eyed and with a ton of enthusiasm. They quickly fizzle out because they don’t exactly know what to expect from the industry and there isn’t really anywhere to turn to for advice.

There are only 2 ways your career can go.

You either make it or you don’t.

There isn’t much of a middle ground.

Today I am going to introduce you to an actor that made it in the industry and surpassed her biggest dreams.

I’m also going to introduce you to someone whose career went the exact opposite way.

He didn’t make it and is now shuffling paperwork in a cubicle.

This is a tale of two actors. For one it has been the best of times. For the other, it was the worst of times.

Which one do you want to experience?

Fair warning, this report contains some brutal honesty and you should only read more if you truly want to be successful as an actor...

How To Access the Secret Trove of Acting Work With Almost Zero Competition

Being an actor requires passion. Some would say that it requires you to be a little bit crazy too.

After all, there are not many people who would spend weeks working on an audition piece, fight LA traffic, just to wait in a crowded room with 30 other actors who are there for the same reason you are, trying to get the same role you are.

If all goes well, you will get 3 minutes with the Casting Director, followed by weeks of radio silence while you wait on pins and needles to hear if you got a call back or not.

Yes, doing this, being an actor does require you to be a little bit crazy but it’s the good kind of crazy that people tend to call being passionate.

Some actors (the crazy-crazy ones) get a rush out of this. The rest of us dread the process.

We may not admit it or even dare to say it out loud, but deep down inside the thought of going to another audition with 30 other actors waiting to be seen, kills us.

While every good actor does enjoy the competitive side of the industry, it’s really gotten out of hand lately.

A little bit of healthy competition is great.

Actually, let me rephrase that!

Winning when there is a bit of healthy competition is great, but being one of dozens of actors in the room isn’t great. It also means there are dozens more scheduled to be seen and the chances of your standing out are slim.

It’s a big waste of time, even if do end up getting the part in the end. More on that in a bit.

What if there was a way that you could get tons of auditions and book acting work with almost no competition?

What if you could be 1 of 3 actors in the room, rather than being 1 of 30?

See, there is a hidden in plain sight, not so secret, treasure trove of ready to book acting jobs that not even 1 actor in 100 are taking advantage of.

If you are self representing, I know you are not taking advantage of this yet. If you have an agent, chances are they are not doing this either...

The Secret Audition Killer

If you have ever been part of an auditioning workshop, then you know that most of the time is spent working on the big picture skills.

A lot of effort goes into using the right inflection points when you read, making sure your facial expression is on point, and learning how to quickly block a scene so that your performance stands out from the crowd, without being awkward or overbearing.

That is the problem!

See, everybody spends a lot of time doing this, so Casting Directors don’t use the big picture skills as a primary casting factor.

They have to look past it and focus on the more granular skills and the finer points of acting and auditioning.

What you think is helping your auditions, may actually be what’s holding back and what is keeping you from booking more often.

Keep reading to find out how to conquer the secret audition killer and book more jobs, more often, so you can finally make real career progress...

The 2 Types of Agents

We all remember that nervous-excited feeling we had when we walked into the office for our first agent meeting.

I don’t know about you, but personally, my first agent meeting was completely terrible! My headshots were bad, my resume was a bunch of filler and fluff that I tried my best to make sound impressive.

I was a nervous wreck and I’m sure that it came across.

In retrospect, I probably shouldn’t have even been allowed to meet with the agent. Also in retrospect, I dodged a bullet that day by being passed up for representation.

Because most agent contracts have a 1 year term, that would have meant that I would have been signed with an agent that wasn’t fully invested in my success, and I would have been stuck with him for 12 whole months.

That’s about a decade in “industry” years.

See, over the years, I have come to learn that there are only 2 types of agents. There are agents that are dealmakers and agents that are deal takers. We’ll get into what that means and how you can identify what type of agent you have, in a moment.

For now, suffice it to say the first is good, the former can literally sink your career.

A dealmaker type of agent is one that will actively work for you and have a vested interest in your career. You and your agent will be partners in your journey to building a successful acting career: think Ari Gold and Vince or Jerry Maguire and Rod Tidwell.

This is the type of agent you need to have in your career, if you want to be a successful actor.

Here’s how to find an elite, dealmaker type of agent, even if you only have a few credits right now and no one knows you...

How To “Reely” Skyrocket Your Acting Career

Would you rather wait 10 years to start making real progress in your acting career, or would you rather be successful right now?

If you have a pulse, the answer to that would be obvious. Now one wants to wait for success to happen, but there is a huge problem!

Every step of the way we are told that we must wait our “turn.” The ways we are told and made to wait are countless, especially for actors.

We’ll get to that in a moment.

First, I want to clear something up.

The best things don’t come to those who wait. They come to those who seize opportunities.

Those things include getting more quality auditions, so you can stop going to open calls and waiting for sometimes hours on end, just to get 2 minutes with a CD’s assistant.

When you seize opportunities, you can also open doors to things that most actors can’t even imagine, like being asked to work with production teams over and over again, or having top tier agents pursuing you.

The secret to having a long and lucrative acting career is not what you may think...

I Apologize In Advance... The Industry’s Dirty Little Secret

Have you ever heard someone say that you have to “pay your dues” before you can succeed in the industry?

Did something about that just not sit right with you?

Because you are a part of the Boost My Star tribe, I feel it is my obligation to be completely honest with you, even when the truth is somewhat inconvenient.

The truth is that “paying your dues” is a concept made up by actors that cannot push their careers forward. It’s a way of justifying a lack of progress.

You can either have excuses or you can experience success.

I’m guessing that, because you are here reading this report, you are choosing to forego excuses and looking for the opportunities that will lead to success in your acting career.

See, the whole “paying your dues” concept is one of the industry’s dirty little secrets and the truth is that having a career that exceeds even your wildest dreams isn’t just within reach. You can have it in an instant.

A few days ago, I heard from an actor that did exactly that.

Her story is great, but the best part is that you can do the exact same, right now and sky rocket your career almost instantly too. Here’s how...

How to Get More Auditions and Be Booked For Gigs You Actually Want

He was the epitome of taking “the road less traveled by.” 

He was my acting coach and one of the greatest people you would have ever met. I unfortunately attended his funeral a few years back but I was delighted to see hundreds of people, most of them actors and other industry professionals. 

I have made it my mission to document what I learned from him, so that it will be available for actors everywhere. 

For starters, here’s one of the most important and impactful things I learned… 

As actors, we love to work our craft. There’s nothing like the feeling you get from being on stage or in front of the camera. 

However, it’s easy to overlook working on our craft because we are constantly looking for the next set to hop onto. 

While there’s nothing wrong with this and you should absolutely do this every day, that’s only half the equation. The wrong knowledge and talent combined with the right mechanics will yield a terrible result. 

Simply stated, imagine taking a super talented actor, throwing them onstage and telling them to sing any song they chose. What do you think the outcome would be? 

Why?

How To Get Your Acting Career “Unstuck”

One of my mentors told me really early on that “most people overestimate what they can do In 1 year and underestimate what they can do in 3 or 5 years.”

This has been true for just about every actor I have ever met. Even when we modestly trim our goals to make them more “realistic” when telling someone else about them, we still tend to do this.

If you feel like you have been trying to get ahead in the industry and feel like you are not making the progress you should be making, you could be coming right up to the edge of accomplishing everything you have ever wanted to accomplish in the industry and more.

What will determine whether you stay stuck in your acting career and continue to spin your wheels or whether your career will take off like a rocket, is not what you may think.

Here’s why...