What I've learned About the Entertainment Industry
Many people wonder what the entertainment industry is truly like for actresses. Being one myself, I get asked a lot of questions. At the young age of three, I started dancing and my love for performing grew from there. I could go on and on about my education and experience in TV & Film (which you can read more about on my About Me page), but today I wanted to share the six things the entertainment industry has taught me. I’m so grateful for all the ups, downs, the opportunities, and the rejections because they made me who I am today. I wanted to make this list so you can all have a peek into an industry I love, and into a more personal side of what I've learned over the years. Full disclaimer, I do not claim to have all the answers and even I am still focusing on these lessons myself. I am not in the place in my career I would want to be, but I know trying my best to follow these lessons day to day will take me there.
1. Patience + Persistence = Key To Success
Many times you are going out for castings, memorizing lines, looking for castings, and waiting around to see if you landed anything. As this is something I’m hugely passionate about, it can be exhausting from time to time. That’s not to say I don’t love my craft, it just means you will need to be patient. If you’re in the industry then you know what I’m talking about when I say there’s a lot of rushing just to wait around. No matter what, I have learned through countless auditions the art of being patient and persistent. Nine of out ten times you’re not going to book the jobs you go out for, but you keep trying anyway. This is what really defines you as an actress.
2. Extra Points For Reaching Out To People Around You
It’s pretty obvious whether you’re in the industry or not that connections mean everything. It really is about who you know, and how your relationships stand with others in the industry. Building your career will take time, and can often feel really lonely. It’s great to make friends, connections, and cultivate relationships with the people around you. You never know how you could benefit from it in the long run.
3. Always Sharpen Your Skills
No matter who you are, how long you’ve been in the industry, or what type of role you’re going out for, taking classes is a great way to continually sharpen your skills. What’s even greater is that it’s an amazing place to meet other people in the industry, make friends, and be inspired by the creative people around you. If you have a big audition coming up, go in for a private lesson with your acting coach. It will only make you better and feel more prepared before going in. I recently joined an acting class and sat next to a regular class member who you would know from a very popular tv show plus is the lead in a blockbuster movie. He was there sitting in class every morning taking notes.
4. Be Your Own Agent, Create Your Own Opportunities
One of the biggest misconceptions about the industry is that most of us sit around on our couch waiting for our agent to call us about a role or audition. The truth is, most of the time we aren’t talking to our agent, we’re working on our own projects. I’m currently working on a few that will be coming soon. This is an amazing opportunity to grow your range of skills (acting, writing, producing, etc…) and work on something you’re personally passionate about. You never know what could happen.
5. Be Out There As Much As Possible
There is, of course, people in the industry who are really putting themselves out there, and sometimes to their benefit. What I mean when I say, “be out there as much as possible” is to really make sure you are seen, heard, and understood as an artist. If this means you send thank you letters to the people who took time out of their day to watch your self-tape, then you do it. If it means you introduce yourself to someone you’d like to work with at an event, just for small talk...go for it. Have the confidence in who you are, your work, and your value and you’ll be surprised what could come of it.
6. Confidence, Confidence, and….That’s Right. Confidence
I heard it said so many times that confidence is key. Whoever came up with that saying was so right. If you don’t believe in yourself, then who will? If you’re staying positive, busy, determined, and educated, then the sky’s the limit for you. Keep pushing every day towards those dreams in your heart. It’s not always easy, but if it’s something you really love, then it’s always worth it.
There are so many more lessons I have learned from the many years of being in the entertainment industry, but these are the six that stand out to me the most. If you’re in the industry or looking to start an acting career, then I hope this inspired you. I would love to hear the lessons that you have learned in your career. What are the misconceptions people have? What have you done to get through the hard days? How do you celebrate the good? I would love to hear more in the comments below! Thanks for listening to me, and if you relate to still learning these lessons like I am, then let me know! Let’s share our journey together!