“Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish.” – Ovid

I told you so! To what am I referring? Last November, I told you there would be another Twilight phenomenon coming around, so keep preparing as an actor. At that time, it seemed impossible to imagine another movie reaching such frenzied heights from fans and the media. But, The Hunger Games not only set a movie presales record (advanced ticket sales eclipsed the previous record set by The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 by selling 12 tickets per second) but now the box office numbers are in, which officially place The Hunger Games’ opening-weekend profits above The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part 1. 

These epochs and epics of the Movie Industry don’t come along often, but they do come along–and seem to come along with increasing frequency these days. And as sure as there is The Hunger Games, there will be yet another franchise blockbuster that fascinates the masses and fills the pockets of movie studios with bricks of gold and silver…sooner than you think. The only question now is: Are you going to be a part of the next big thing? I asked this question in the earlier blog, and the answer’s still the same: Yes, you are! The people who star in these titanic films are not aliens, fairies, magicians, or super heroes. They are real people who had a dream and stayed after it. That is all. Don’t complicate your career. Get your headshots, get your reel, go on auditions, take classes, get in plays, learn classic monologues–go, go, go! And if you don’t star in the next Hunger Games, you career will regardless improve greatly. It’s simple: if you practice playing tennis two hours a day, you will get better, period. Take it a step at a time. The trick is to put yourself in a position to succeed, and then keep doing it. The cumulative laws of numbers will begin to work on your behalf. Jennifer Lawrence never took an acting lesson, but you better believe she went after her career with a vengeance. So resolute was her commitment and determination, I think it’s fair to say she would have starred in some mega something else had it not been The Hunger Games.

Wes Bentley, another star of the Hunger juggernaut, grew up in Jonesboro Arkansas–not necessarily a showbiz hotspot–and struggled to pay the rent working at Blockbuster and TGI Friday’s. Does this sound like someone destined for greatness? No! At that time, he was just another struggling actor; but he worked hard and put himself in a position to win. Can you not do the same thing? Are you any less deserving? Likewise, the answer is No! Go out and make your fortune, and don’t forget to have fun doing it!