It’s been a great year and I want to thank you for all of the attention, likes, shares, and support you’ve given to my blog in 2018.
Following are the six posts that resonated with my readers the most this year in case you missed any of them. And don’t forget to join my mailing list to make sure you don’t miss what I’ve got coming for you in 2019!
1. HOW TO GET A MEETING IN HOLLYWOOD
“Ask most people what the first step an actor does to book a role and they’ll probably tell you ‘get an audition.’ We’ve all seen those moments play out in film and TV, where the ingénue is standing on the empty stage, giving it everything she’s got. And we’ve seen the light fill the director’s eyes as he realizes he’s found his star. These are great scenes. But, like most movie magic, there’s a lot of work that goes into that moment of discovery. And most of that work is done in meetings.”
2. LESSONS FROM A 20-YEAR HOLLYWOOD PARTNERSHIP
“When we relaunched, we were (and are!) swimming in an ocean of content producers, mediums, channels, and talent as opposed to a small lake. Today, with the existence of YouTube, there are virtually no barriers to entry. Today, you don’t make a terrible movie and watch your career bomb. Every great actor seems to make at least one bad movie a year, honestly. It’s a new world. Or is it?”
3. FOUR THINGS ACTORS SHOULD DO WHEN THEY GET TO HOLLYWOOD
“There’s no shortage of people willing to talk your ear off about the entertainment industry — some may be helpful for years to come and some, well, not so much. But as daunting as your first day in Hollywood may seem, there are several things you can do in that moment to help get you pointed in the right direction.”
4. THE MOST IMPORTANT CONVERSATION YOU CAN HAVE IS WITH YOURSELF
“It’s important to have the self-awareness to face up to the hard truths about yourself, the ones that cause a lot of hurt and shame to admit. But here’s the thing about self-awareness: it does no good unless you do something about it. And sharing is a great thing to do.”
5. THREE WAYS ACTORS CAN AVOID BECOMING THEIR OWN WORST ENEMY
“This post is designed to help you manage the struggle in becoming a working actor by ensuring that you are always helping yourself. New actors have enough factors working against them without also engaging in behavior that could dampen their talents or damage their reputation.”
6. HOW RAISING LIVESTOCK AND CHOPPING WOOD AS A TEENAGER PREPARED ME FOR A CAREER IN HOLLYWOOD
“You have to do the grunt work yourself to get your career started. Networking, making your own opportunities, being proud of your contemporaries’ achievements, honing your craft to a near obsessive degree… that’s how you do it. And then, ultimately, you get the greatest satisfaction in knowing you did it.”