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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

entertainment industry coach question 545: What about telling people you're available when you first meet them if you've talked for a while?

You can talk to someone for 5 hours straight. If it's the first time you've met him, you can let him know through the conversation what you're doing to generate work, thus making it clear that you're available. But meeting someone for the first time and saying you're available or "think of me if anything comes up," is a turn off. If you've done your job of creating the relationship, trust that they will think of you.

It takes three conversations to establish a relationship. People want to hire people they know, like, and trust. So "simmer down" and build the relationship before going for the work.

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Monday, August 30, 2010

entertainment industry coach question 544: How do I get back into conversations with people I've been out of touch with?

People are busy. Unless this was a lifelong friend who tried to stay in touch with you and you didn't respond, he/she is not sitting around wondering why you haven't called.

Simply get back in touch. Something made you think of this person, so call and say, "You crossed my mind and it's been such a long time I wanted to reconnect."

If the reason he came to mind is because you saw he is working on a new show, don't ask for work. Thats a turn off. Your connections already have established work relationships. You have to rebuild yours with these people. No matter how badly you need the work, you can really turn a person off if you call them after 3 years and say, Hey, I see you've got a new project. I'm available."

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

entertainment industry coach question 543: I'm a DP and interested in laser treatment but I'm worried about side affects.

I am not a doctor, however, I'm posting this because I know TONS of DPs read this blog. I have heard this concern before.

I will tell you to do the research, weigh out the risks, and make the best decision.

Perhaps some DPs who have done this will respond (on the blog not on Facebook, so everyone can read your answer).

Good luck!
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Saturday, August 28, 2010

entertainment industry coach question 542: Are they really not bringing 24 back? My friends started a campaign.

You're breaking my heart! You know how much I love 24. I still won't delete it from #1 on my DVR even though I know it's never coming back.

I did hear they were making a movie. Not the same, but I'll be there opening weekend!

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Friday, August 27, 2010

entertainment industry coach question 541: Should I pay people who are actors to manage me because they get the breakdowns?

It is illegal for actors to get the breakdowns. I have heard of groups of actors who formed legitimate management companies who pay for and receive the breakdowns legally. Whether they charge to represent you I don't know. I can't advise you to do anything illegal that affects someone's business/livelihood.

You have to do some more research and decide what risks you are willing to take for your career. Just know the guy from breakdown services is a very smart man and finds people who are stealing his product and you could potentially be sued.

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

entertainment industry coach question 540: Do you have to live out of a car to make it in Hollywood?

His question was longer but basically along the lines of "everyone who seems to make it has a rock bottom moment that gave them the determination to make it" time in their life.

Personally, I don't like terms like "everyone." Last I checked Julia Roberts never lived in her car. You have to believe in yourself and what you do. Some people are motivated by discomfort; it pushes them. But if you are motivated and live in a penthouse on the Wilshire Corridor, all power to you. Some of these stories are also what publicists call "spin."

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

entertainment industry coach question 539: How do I find a reputable acting school in LA?

Ask agents and casting directors which schools they recommend. They are the ones who look at resumes and determine which schools impress them.

My very first mentor was an agent and she helped me choose my school. I interviewed 10 places before choosing the first one I met with.

Also, know what you want from the school. Do you want to learn a technique, be exposed to Casting Directors, work on a specific skill.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

entertainment industry coach question 538: Do the tools in your book apply to the porn industry?

Absolutely. The tools apply to any entrepreneur and independent contractor. So whether you're a plumber or playing a plumber in a porn who is coming to "clean the pipes," And ... Action! can help you achieve your goals.

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Monday, August 23, 2010

entertainment industry coach question 537: Do I need a separate agent for commercials, theatrical, and voice over?

You don't need to, but if you have the opportunity to have more people on your team who are specialized in their area, it can be a good thing. Agents have different relationships. An agent who reps voice over artists has to know different people than a theatrical agent who submits clients for television and film.

There are agents who want to rep you across the board, but they most likely don't have all the relationships that an agency with agents in different departments have.

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