“All courses of action are risky, so prudence is not in avoiding danger (it's impossible), but calculating risk and acting decisively. Make mistakes of ambition and not mistakes of sloth. Develop the strength to do bold things, not the strength to suffer.” - Niccolo Machiavelli
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Starving artist, I never want to hear that word, I mention it here to help guide you. You are not starving, you are all that is, all that was and all that ever can be. Start there and let the rest fall to the side. When you hear that (starving artist), know its a trap. It could be your close friend, family member, teacher who's babbling something they heard. It's not true.
It's the same as a bad director or a bad casting director(CD). They will say things like, "Don't do such and such". Be careful because that is like saying don't think of a yellow elephant. You will do what they don't want you to do because you are suggestible, you are an actor, that is your job. To live truthfully under imaginary circumstances. So when you hear that type of communication (don't) coming from a CD or director, just process it, take a breath, take the room, its yours, take another breath and do you best to understand they are unknowingly doing that, they have the poor communication skills. Do your best to breath in that moment and translate what they would like you to do. Process the don't to what they would like and allow your self to be. Alway's suggest to yourself, what they would like. And when you make a choice make sure you are specific. That should help you out of that trap.
Your head shot, an 8x10 picture and 8x10 resume paper to match gets stapled on the back of your picture with two staples, one on top and one on the bottom of your head shot. Staple them together and you now have your head shot and resume. You must do your homework and vette photographers, they work for you. ActorPaper is here, so pick the color and paper you like from our products page. I generally get my head shots taken every year and half. Why? It's simple, you must look like what they're spending. Casting Directors are hired by Ad Agencies representing clients like Pepsi, Coors,etc., who spend millions on TV ads every year. You get it? That's why its important to look consistent to your headshot and resume. Do not lie on your resume. Use good paper. Make an impression. And if your gonna shake hands with anyone, make sure it's dry. I always wait for them to offer their hand first.
Break a Leg out there!