You Are Here to Work
You cannot succeed by just being an artist, it doesn’t work that way. If you want to make money and have a career in show business, you must be informed about your industry. You must be well trained, you must network, and you must market yourself. If you desire an income-generating career as an artist, then you must respect the business.
Your Word is Your Reputation
Make sure to follow up and follow through on everything you say you will. Do what you say you will. Say what you mean and mean what you say. Don’t gossip about other actors, directors, producers, or crew. Communicate with others clearly, to avoid misunderstandings and drama. And most of all, remember that actions speak louder than words.
Don’t Take Things Personally
As an actor, you will come across people who may try to tear you down—mind your own business. The opinions of other people are none of your business. So don’t allow yourself to be distracted or discouraged by what others think, say, or do. Accept helpful feedback and advice, but don’t take things personally.
Don’t Take Yourself So Seriously
When you take yourself too seriously, you create unneeded stress, worry, and disappointment. Since your best work comes from a place of freedom, you stifle your creativity when you adopt a make-or-break attitude. No one cares about your mistakes as much as you. So learn to relax…and don’t take yourself so seriously.
Don’t Over Think
Artists tend to spend a lot of time thinking about what they want, rather than acting upon their instincts. If you spend time wondering whether or not you’re making the smartest move, you’re likely to think yourself out of taking any action. You simply must take action in order to achieve your goals. So follow your instincts and don’t over think.
You gain strength, courage, and confidence from every experience life brings your way. So do the thing you think you cannot do. Accept that whatever comes along, the only important thing is that you meet it with courage and grace. Learn to live boldly. Not only will you survive it, but you might even get ahead—you never know what’s around the corner.