Acting is your passion, it’s your one and only love, acting is your true calling, and the reason you were plopped down on this earth like a Coke bottle in The Gods Must Be Crazy. Acting is all that–and, uh, yeah, acting is a job. It’s a job. You have to learn your lines, you need to rehearse, you’re expected to show up on time, complete your assignments, compile a body of work, and the list goes on. Like any other job, to be successful you need to be diligent in your approach. For instance, have you updated all your digital information online? Or is it more like you have a free profile somewhere, and a YouTube clip of a play you were in five years ago? Well, that’s good, but the point is it’s likely not enough to cut it in the real world. In the real world it’s deliver or walk–just ask Alec Baldwin in Glegarry Glen Ross

Think of some of the jobs you’ve had: bartending at a hopping nightclub, waiting twelve tables at a time, manning the Starbucks counter at 8:30 a.m.. You were expected to work for 8 hours with very few breaks. Is your acting job any less worthy of your time and commitment? This question can be answered with a short survey: Is your reel up to date? Is your resume current? Do your photos reflect your newest look? Are your special skills accurately detailed? Is there a link to your website, YouTube or Vimeo site? Have you made the most of your voice sample? If you’ve answered yes to all of the above—Congratulations, you’re in line for a Cadillac! If you’ve answered no to any of the above, you can look forward to a set of steak knives.

The Six Million Dollar Man Lee Majors once said, “Acting is a tough business, and the percentage of people who make it is very low.” This can be a daunting sentiment, but it can also be inspiring. By doing the work and taking care of some basic details, you can increase your chances of success exponentially over those who allow such details to slip through the cracks. To reach the top, do what others won’t. That is, use every available tool to your advantage. In other words, in the spirit of Glengarry Glen Ross: AIDAAttention, Do I have your attention? (I believe I do.) Interest, Are you interested? (I believe you are.) Decision, Have you made your decision to be a successful actor?  (I believe you have.) Action, Will you take the action necessary to succeed? (I believe you will—because I’m guessing you already have a set of steak knives!)

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