You might be wondering: How can an actor who is only thirty have a successful and long-lasting career in acting? At the tender age of 29, I can already see talented actors falling apart and missing work for various reasons. Many people think of the usual suspects: rejection, financial pressures, and lack of opportunities. But for others, it is entirely their fault. I wrote this article about the best habits that lead to a long-lasting career.
Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of meeting with many top actors in the industry, including Hugo Weaving and Sarah Snook. You can start to notice patterns, which is quite funny. There is a lot of luck involved in this game. However, you can still get employed if you develop these 10 habits.
#1: Stop climbing.
Instead of focusing on your “career goals”, try to achieve creative goals. Working with a TV director who resonates with you is more important than landing a job on a popular TV show. People can feel success when their goals are based only on fame, money, or success. It’s not to say that you shouldn’t have these things. But they can be a result of participating in great projects. Find great writers and other creatives. Nurture your creative community. Surround yourself with people who are focused and motivated. We promise you will feel the same.
Idea: Take a look at a scene you love or a script you enjoy and share it with your friends. Why don’t you write your vehicle if you are looking for something more challenging?
#2 Stop competing
Your fellow actors should not be considered your competition. It can be difficult to feel this way when you’re sitting in a waiting room with six people like yourself. However, a competitive mindset is not productive. This creates a sense of insecurity and can lead to jealousy, bitterness, and resentment. Encourage your friends to help with auditions and celebrate the success of others. As Tony Robbins says, supporting others’ success will lead to your success.
#3 Don’t be too cool for your friends.
Your friends are the industry. The end.
Many actors want to be ahead of their peers and prefer networking nights overseeing their mates’ theatre productions. It is admirable to want to make connections within the industry, but don’t forget your friends. “Nobody knows anything” is the definition of entertainment. William Goldman, screenwriter extraordinaire, said this. You can safely say that no one in your professional circle has any chance of influencing your future career. Your friends could become casting directors, ADs for theatre companies or even stars who offer you a role in their next blockbuster. Some may even become industry leaders in the next 20-30 years. Get together.
#4 Change your attitude.
Great directors love to work with talented and opinionated actors. They enjoy making bold decisions and working in a team. This isn’t always possible. Sometimes directors can be rushed or stressed, and sometimes they don’t even care. No matter what the circumstance, never bite back. Do not be snarky or show off your attitude. Be on your best behaviour. A bad reputation spreads quickly and is not something you should get worked up about. There will be some bad directors and creatives. You have to learn how to work with them. There are many lessons to be learnt from dealing with hardships. However, there are also “terrible” things that must not be tolerated. For example, abuse or sexual harassment. In these cases, please don’t stay silent. You can evaluate each situation and seek guidance or help if necessary.
#5 Be kind to others.
Travis Jeffery is one of the most generous actors in the business. I am blessed to have him as a friend. Travis Jeffery has been an inspiration for me, both as an actor and as a person. Travis is a great actor and a wonderful person. He works on every project, whether it’s a small TV part of a large film. He always makes sure that the cast and crew feel valued and supported. He carefully selects gifts for each person at the end of every production and leaves behind many fans, from Costume Designers to Camera assistants. Travis does this not only because he is a great guy but also because it has been a major factor in his reemployment. Directors and TV executives want to work again with Travis because he’s a great presence. While you don’t have to be nice to everyone to “buy” a job, being a good person is not a bad idea.
Idea: When you arrive on set, every crew member should be greeted by you. Bonus points for remembering names.