Could You Be the Next Flo?

April 26, 2013

“Nobody is naturally that perky! They’d strain something. I’d say at times Flo is like my mom when she’s at her most chipper.” –Stephanie Courtney

You probably see her every day: Flo, the perky Progressive girl, genuinely determined to find you an insurance policy that suits your pocketbook. Is it possible to get more popular than Flo? This chipper spokesperson with teased hair even has over three million likes on the official Flo the Progressive Girl Facebook page…far surpassing the popularity of her charismatic gecko competitor!

Actress Stephanie Courtney (AKA Flo) clearly has hit the jackpot when it comes to commercial success. So what sage wisdom can you gather from her to become the next hit commercial star? Well first of all, you can learn from Courtney’s personal story.

In 2007, she was booking about a commercial a year, and the cost of filling her gas tank in order to drive to auditions was breaking the bank. She came very close to quitting the commercial-auditioning process altogether. The high price of fuel was a genuine concern, she was nearing 40 years old–and she didn’t know that Flo was just around the corner. Fortunately, she persevered and auditioned for Progressive.

Courtney is a main company member in the famed improv-performing Groundlings Theater in Los Angeles. Maybe her sense of humor helped both give her acting its sure-fire flair as well as a personal ability to not take things too seriously–you know, helping her to go with the flo. Or maybe she ultimately succeeded because she truly believed in herself. Whatever the reason, there’s one thing for sure: perseverance got her to where she is today. Who knows? Maybe your breakthrough Flo moment is just around the corner. You’ll never know unless you keep auditioning!