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Acting smarter to feel stronger

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I could not be more excited about the results coming from the Academy! Every semester I get to watch actors take the reins on their career AND learn how to act BETTER – with more authenticity, more specificity and more ACTIVITY. Because the fact is, if you want to be a stronger actor, you have to be a smarter actor.

That’s right! You can’t just get an agent or manager and hope someone gives you the opportunity to have the career of your dreams, you have to BUILD it. And trust me…. if you don’t consistently spend time improving your craft, you won’t get better. And if you’re not the best at your job that you can be, you’ll never get anywhere.

So, how do you start acting smarter to feel stronger? Being purposeful about every. single. aspect. of being. an actor. 

Step by Step Guide to Being a Working Actor

  1. Identify what you want most for your career
  2. Identify how you show up on camera
  3. Identify the building blocks of who you are as a person that go into who you are as an actor
  4. Practice breaking down a no line script into actions and reactions.
  5. Build your Acting Avatar
  6. Identify your Avatars default actions and reactions
  7. Identify where your Acting Avatar fits in your desired market.
  8. Practice playing for genre and story
  9. Identify the members of your team
  10. Practice playing through actions and reactions
  11. Assess and improve your marketing material
  12. Play a scene that is perfect for your avatar and serves you as a business
  13. Examine how you spend your time and money
  14. Practice Cold Reading
  15. Set Goals that build smart actor habits
  16. Review Past Work
  17. Set a Plan for Moving Forward
  18. Play a scene to serve your Business Partners
  19. Share your progress with your agent and manager
  20. Test your actions and reactions: Play a dream scene

Once completed, you’ll be miles ahead of where you are now. The next step is to go back to number 1 and complete the list again.

That’s what it means to act smarter to feel stronger. So off you go! Get to work! 

BONUS TIP:  There’s 1 main predictor of your ability to succeed through this work. Your community.

How to become a Working Actor

Becoming a full time working actor takes a ton of dedication and specific, consistent work. It takes time, it takes focus and it takes feedback. And doing it alone will only ever result in what you can accomplish as an individual. To get to the top of your game, you must surround yourself with people who are aiming for the top of their game as well.

That’s why I designed The Academy. A community of actors who are dedicated to becoming the very best actors they can be – both in their business skills and their acting craft. The Academy isn’t like the traditional acting class. In fact, it’s not like any other acting class out there (we’ve looked). 

Don’t get me wrong, there are tons of benefits to the traditional style acting class; it’s a great place to show up, perform, and get notes and feedback from an instructor.  We all need feedback on our work. And you can meet other actors, I met some of my acting friends through traditional acting classes, and it’s so important to have acting friends.

But you’re not going to complete tasks 1-20 outlined above in a traditional acting class. And you’re not going move your career forward through a traditional acting class. If you want a community of actors who are just like you, committed to making this dream of acting a reality, committed to improving their craft, their business, themselves; who are excited to root you on and support you through your journey too – then The Academy is the only place for you.

10 weeks – all 20 tasks – supported by The Foundations video series, guided by a fully fillable, specialized syllabus (aka the acting journal of your dreams) to keep on track and led by not one but by two Laura Mac Associates with a max of 8 actors per team. Because if you really want to be a full time, working actor. You have to start putting in full time work.

I’m speaking from experience here. My work as an actor is finally in the pocket and it’s because I’ve finally filled in all the blanks – mastered each step of my game. After literal decades of wanting and trying, I’ve finally learned to distill everything I’ve been taught and learned into simply choosing strong actions for each beat of every audition scene coming from ME.

I’m finally sending tapes I’m proud of. Casting is now asking for more and more and more. And I’m auditioning, being pinned and booking consistently

The key is that it happened in that order:

  1. Fill in the blanks and find me in my work.
  2. Create work that I’m proud of.
  3. Auditions increase.
  4. Bookings become inevitable.

And now I want to help you do the same. Check out The Academy now 🙂

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