Narrow Your Focus

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  • Narrow Your Focus

    One mistake many actors make is having an unfocused strategy.

    (Jim Webb)

    (Photo by Paul Skorupskas on Unsplash)

    If it seems your acting career is all over the place, narrow your focus and concentrate your strategy.

    One mistake many actors make is having an unfocused strategy.

    There are many areas of opportunity for actors in “the business”. Actors can go for roles in theater. Actors can go for roles on television and in film. Actors can audition for commercials. Actors can do voice over. There are also student films, short films, webseries, industrials, you name it!

    With so many opportunities to perform, what should an actor concentrate on? Everything, of course! At least, that’s the option that most actors would choose. True actors have an unquenchable need to perform and any opportunity to perform is welcomed.

  • But is the all-of-the-above approach always the best approach? Especially given the fact that each area of the business demands different skillsets, different financial investment, different time commitments, different payrates, etc.?
    If you find yourself wondering aimlessly, from audition to audition, from one area of the business to the next, while seeming to never achieve your goals, it might be time to narrow your focus, concentrating your resources on one aspect of the business.

    You don’t want to be the jack of all trades, king of none!

    For example, if commercials are the area where you seem to find the most success, why not concentrate your resources primarily on commercials? Read books on the subject. Take classes to perfect your audition skills for commercials. Use commercials as your career’s focal point – your career’s center of gravity – before you venture into other areas of the business.

    This is not to say you should tell your rep you only want to go out for commercial roles; only that you use your personal time and your personal resources to invest in the area of the business that gives you the best chance of success today.

  • Concentrating primarily on one aspect of the business keeps you from becoming scatterbrain; going from one area of focus to the next while seemingly never making any progress at all.

     

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