If you’re studying to become an actor, you know that one of the most important things is to ensure you’re ready when that big first breakthrough arrives.
On the other hand, you may not know that even harder than landing that first job is keeping your limelight lit – keeping yourself relevant when you’re an actor is though business.
To prove this, there are a lot of people who were great stars and lost it all due to poor career choices – take Jon Heder for example, as he had the world on his plate with “Napoleon Dynamite” and blew it!
Throughout this article, we’ll let you know how to make sure you keep relevant once you make it big.
Generate Publicity: The Power of the Marketing Stunt!
We all know how important advertising is, but publicity is even more vital! First of all, you’re not paying for it, and secondly, it can become viral easily thanks to social media and the nature of the Marketing Stunt you pull – make it outrageous and virality is nearly assured.
This is what celebrities like Tom Cruise, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga and the Kardashians do all the time in order to keep their limelights lit!
Remember, any publicity is good publicity – and the more they speak your name, the better!
Make Informed Decisions: Choosing Your Battles!
Another thing you have to bear in mind is that choosing your battles poorly will lead you to fade into obscurity.
But what do we mean from this?
Well, it means that you need to pick what projects you participate in and what projects to skip. If you think any movie or any play is worth doing, you’re thinking wrong.
There are a lot of bright young stars that got tarnished for no fault of their own, simply by starring in sub-par movies or movies that had forceful dialogue lines that made the actors seem bad or forceful themselves.
Choose your projects carefully!
Keep Studying and Taking Courses!
This one seems like a natural tip to be on this blog – take courses and keep on studying.
If you think acting is just about batting those eyelashes and reading lines, then you can’t possibly go far.
To be a successful actor you must invest in your own knowledge, and that includes taking the best courses from the best teachers.
Even something so spontaneous looking as reactions can be studied and fabricated in-depth so you don’t have one of those “You’re tearing me apart Lisa!” moments.
Keep on working on yourself and expanding the knowledge you have down the career path you chose.
Don’t Mess With The Wrong Crowd:
There are two types of actors heavily influenced by this last factor – Superstars and Child Actors.
First of all, we all know what child actors suffer as most of their earnings are out of their reach – but they are at the reach of their guardians. If their guardians are the wrong crowd, these child actors will have a bad time… but that’s not really their choice.
On the other hand, if you’re a grown adult Superstar, this isn’t the case anymore. You can make your choices, and if you mess with the wrong crowd people will not tolerate that.
How many people were tarnished simply by being good friends of Harvey Weinstein? The same works for any other Hollywood scandal.
Choose your companies well!
These were just a handful of tips to ensure you have the best chance of staying relevant and avoid the pitfalls that catch unsuspecting actors.
We hope you now are more informed on this topic and that you took value from this article. The best advice we can give you is – invest in yourself, and in your training!