|Actress Toni Deaver|
Recently, I asked her to share with my readers a little advice and encouragement she has picked up along her journey. She was happy to comply. I love what she offered and I hope you will reap a little wisdom from her.
Toni: Just to give you a little background, I took classes in high school, college, and at professional studios to hone my craft. I was repeatedly encouraged by teachers and even other actors to get to know and build relationships with casting directors and directors. As I became a director myself I could see wisdom in that advice. When offered directing opportunities, I certainly looked at and considered material, knowing the actors I knew I might cast. It's much harder to cold cast a large group of strangers. You never know who might be unreliable and/or even sabotaging. Learn from my experience those people are everywhere.
The sad truth is, over my many years in the industry I've known many actors who feel like and, have often even demanded that a casting director, producer, or director owes them an opportunity or a job. The real truth is, no one owes you or me anything. No one asked either one of us to be an actor. No one can force you to come to town looking for acting work. They are not responsible for your preparedness or lack there of to hold a job so you can pay your rent and eat. Talent alone, especially in film and television will seldom get you working and even less frequently will keep you working. If you want to be a working actor, be reliable. Be a real and likable person with interests that you can communicate well to others. Break a leg out there-You're a star!
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