January 22, 2011

In the first part we talked about planning you and developing your skills and also keeping your ear to the ground at the new trends in the industry. But how can yuo be sure that yuo are ready to ake your talents out there to the public.

Test your performance.
When you feel that you have reached a level where you would like to share your talent with others then you should find ways to perform in front of an audience. Putting on a show for members of your family or friends is a great start, but don’t stop there but will yout family tell you if you are rubbish??? To get a really honest audience reaction you need to go further afield. This may involve taking auditions, approaching agencies for feed back, or simply taking what ever your talents are to a small stage. Bars, pubs, youth centres, local events are a great way to start small. look in your local newspaper for adverst for up coming events. They will usually have contcat details of the promoter where you can contact them to see if there is a spare slot to help out or for a perfomance. After any peformance listen to those who are prepared to give a reaction, and don’t be too disheartened by rejection. Keep trying it will only make you better! To find success in the entertainment industry you will need to become very thick skinned.

Don’t give up the day job?….. or dont have a job?
Until you find success in entertainment you will need to support yourself. It is likely that you will need to maintain a job and pursue your talent as a hobby for a long time before finding success, and this means hard work. Going to work will also help you to fund your interest and is something to fall back on should you find that entertainment is not for you after all. But there is a disadvantage, the time you are working could be spent crafting your skills performing, looking for that break and making contacts. A lot of successful people in the industry get in because they dedicated every bit of their time to breaking the industry and where prepared to make sacrifices. Some of these sacrifices has meant no money, no social life, no love life doing thibgs for free to get them seen or heard. So you have to decide which side you want to take and try to get a balance.

Getting Noticed above everyone else
Getting yourself noticed is the hardest thing amongst so many people that are going for the same thing.So how is it that few get noticed when many don’t. Depending on what it is you are doing, its all about consistancy. The art of doing over and over again if you put out a videoout on youtube or facebook, promote it as best as you can and then do another 2 months later and then do it again and again.
If you are performing in front of 100 people in a bar once or twice a week then keep perfroming at various bars every week.
if you wormed you way onto film or video set working for free then appy to another and another. Its all about consistancy. THIS WILL START TO GET YOU NOTICED. WHICH CAN LEAD TO OTHER THINGS!

Be an Opportunist
Too many people nowaday think that their oppoutunity to get into the industry will come from TV, with X factor, The Apprentice, Britains got Talent , Britains Next top Model and nemrous other shows, its no suprise evryone wnats to do it the easy way. Yes i said it.. the easy way. Anything that is easy to do you will see many people doing it which then increses the competition and lesses your chances.

One of the main reason so many become successful is they are great at ceasing an opportunity that makes them unique and stand out. Carry around with you anything that you can hand over to someone like a demotape, business cards, DVD or what ever you can think of and make sure your contcat details are on them. You never know when you might bump into someone that doesnt have time to stop and chat but will take your photo, card or demo. The great thing is if you do then you will most likeley be the only one at that time and place But being an opportunist doesnt just mean to have the above.It means you got to be a little gutsy. You have heard of People waiting for executives to come out of buidings and hopefuls thrusting their demo tapes into their hands, these are oppotunists. I heard of a comedien from back in the day calling up a TV company and telling jokes down the line. This is an opportunists. Or of the wannabe fashion designer who put on a fashion show OUTSIDE a ‘London fashion Week’ to an audience as they where coming out. That is an Opportunist!!!!
In every field you will find your opportunity that will stand apart from the rest. So good luck and keep on the grind!!!


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