How to be Successful in the Entertainment Industry

If you’re trying to get in the entertainment business and make it a career, you know that it is very difficult. There are also hundreds or thousands of other people aspiring to break in the same way as you. With the thousands of other people auditioning, it can be difficult to stand out from the rest, ensuring you get the role you’re auditioning for. A lot of people have it easy, using family connections or if their parents or friends recommend them personally. They’ll get more favorable responses, and that’s that. If you have to try it the hard way, don’t fret. Here are some things that you can do to be successful in the entertainment industry.

Be a “People” Person

To be an entertainer, you have to “sell” your skills in auditions. This is almost too similar to sales persons trying to get you to buy that toaster. In this case, you’re trying to get the message across that you’re fit for the job, you have the right skills, and you’re willing to go the extra mile for it. For you to convey that message, you need to make a connection to the casting crew long enough.

To get their attention, you need to have a very good first impression. You need to be professional – after all, that’s what they’re looking for. Even if the role is for a villain, or a minor role, they still expect a professional to fill in that part. You need to be properly dressed, show up on time, and be a social person.

This is what will set you apart from the rest of the other applicants: how professional you are and how well you can connect with other people. It’s one of the reasons why actors are chosen to play the roles they play, because they are able to connect with the audience.

Focus Your Talent

During the first few months or even years when you’re still trying to find that major breakthrough, you’ll be able to find lots of minor roles out there. This is a good opportunity for you to explore different styles until you find something which you enjoy doing and something which you think fits your abilities well. Polishing your skills in a specific field will help you become a well-defined entertainer in that field. For example, if you think that drama scenes or street performing is a good way for you to hone your skills and you’re naturally good at it, then you can invest your time doing that.

One reason why this works is because there are no definite criteria in acting or entertaining. A lot of people try to measure it, but then people always differ regarding it. As mentioned, you can take advantage in the abstractness of this art and polish your own skills instead. Once you stand out naturally, you’ll be able to land good roles and then you can explore different genres from there.

Strict Dedication

This is more important than the acting school you go to, or the talent agency you are part of. Dedication means spending lots of time and effort developing your craft. You have to mail a lot of submissions and resumes every week, while reading about updates in acting, and even watching other performers so you will get a good idea about what they do to develop their own skills or their specific style.

A lot of people make the mistake of thinking that being an entertainer is just a hobby, they’re not serious so they don’t need to spend a lot of time on it. If they make it big then well and good, but if not, then they easily give up on their dreams of being in the entertainment business. Keep in mind that even if it’s just a hobby for you, you still need to spend time to be able to keep up and to find joy in it.

Performance Tests

Once you build up a good amount of skill and confidence, you can then start performing with the intentions of getting feedback. Feedback or input from others is a very important aspect in developing your skills as an entertainer. First of all, you need to know what other people think about your skills since you’ll be performing in front of other people all the time. Even if you think that you’re already one of the best entertainers out there, if the audience just isn’t into you, then it will not work.

You can take advantage of reality shows or even small competitions for getting input from professionals or just the audience. This is why you shouldn’t be easily disheartened when people don’t like your performance or if they say something which may seem hurtful. Take it with a grain of salt and then learn from it. If you’re really serious, then you should be constantly improving your talents.

Don’t Quit Your Day Job

While you’re out there looking for roles and other opportunities, you still need to support yourself. You should be realistic in this part and think that a day job means you’ve already failed. There is a good chance that you’ll have to maintain your job while pursuing your goals as an entertainer.

Working a day job will also be useful for you when you find out that entertainment just doesn’t work for you. You’ll have a back-up plan and also extra funds when the time comes when you need it. If your heart is really set on it, you can even offer your services for free or find jobs that are closely related to your entertaining career. This will help nurture your skills while you earn money.

Get a Life

One of the unique aspects about acting or entertaining is that performers show the people different aspects or emotions about life. For you to be able to do that, you should also have a good understanding about what life is about. To do this, you should experience a lot of things in your free time. You can join various clubs (not just acting), volunteer for charity work, or even join a local sports league. You’ll meet new people, experience a lot of things, and learn from experienced people. When the time comes for you to showcase your talents, these factors will help you as you take on various roles and different challenges.

Lastly, being active outside the entertainment industry is also a very good way to gain publicity. Even if you land the small roles or a small gig, it helps if people recognize you for something else as well. This will increase people’s curiosity in you and can help snowball your popularity.

To sum it up, the quickest path on how you can be successful in the entertainment industry is to develop your own self first. You gain experiences, develop your skills, and also strengthen your resolve to survive the reality of entertainment out there.

Myths and Misconceptions about a Nurse’s Lifestyle

There are a lot of rumors or misrepresentations about how nurses go about their daily lives. Sure, they smile in the patient’s room and never break their rhythm while tending to 10 patients or so. However, that doesn’t mean that their lifestyle is just as easy as it looks. Nurses have to put up with things that make people think twice or look away. For nurses – they jump right in within a heartbeat. Constant exposure to these situations makes nurses very interesting in terms of social and personal life. Here are some of the common myths about nurses and how these things look in reality.

Nurses are Hot under the Sheets

Back in the 80’s, people started using nurses to fuel men’s fantasy. They showed hot, vixen-like nurses in scantily-clad uniforms getting intimate with patients as they did their “procedures”. Fast forward to present day and this stereotype has pretty much stuck. People still think that nurses love to get on with it in their free time and they always look hot in their uniforms.

Bursting a lot of men’s bubbles out there, nurses are not dressed like that. They are dressed in scrub suits – a square-type of clothing that would hide the hottest bodies out there. They also don’t care how they look; function is everything. Forget the tight garters and the enticing lingerie, they just get in the way and nurses won’t think twice about forgoing those. In fact, the last time a nurse wore a nursing cap was when they were still a student or something like that.

Lastly, they work for long hours or they have a lot of tasks in those short hours. This means that when they come home, getting funky is the last thing on their mind. Going to bed is a priority and might even come before cleanliness, if they weren’t well-aware about the dangers of not cleaning up after going out of the hospital.

Nurses Fret over You

This is especially true for men. When someone mentions that they are a nurse, they immediately picture out a gentle angel who will immediately come to their aid when they have a simple cough or cold. Just tell a nurse about your condition (no matter what it is), and then they’re there with medicine or a hot soup to cheer you up.

This might be true – in soap operas or dramas. In reality, nurses just don’t give much of a hoot as you would like them to. Let’s face it, everyday they face patients on the brink of death. Too close that the patient’s foot is almost out the door, and the nurse and code team are the only thing stopping it. Compared to that, your little “cut” or “sniffles” don’t count as a medical emergency. If you call them up, they’ll just tell you what to do and move on with their lives. Don’t let it disappoint you; they know that you can bounce back from that disease on your own without much nursing intervention.

Nurses are Social Creatures

In a way, this is partly true. Nurses always have some interesting stories up their sleeves. Whether it’s what caused patient A to be comatose or what kind of diseases patient B is hiding from his family, they always have juicy gossip that simply appeals to anyone. Who wouldn’t want to invite a nurse to their party?

Sure, nurses have juicy information. Sometimes though, the information can become too juicy or graphic to the common person. Nurses face medical cases that could make a maggot puke. They face these cases on a medical basis so at one point, their sense of humor will become twisted. Twisted to the point where in only a nurse can understand another nurse. Over drinks or dinner, they can talk about the most bizarre and disgusting cases on the planet and still continue with their meal, dessert included.

If you’re in a group and there’s a single nurse, then it’s not all bad. They could actually provide good insight about medical cases for you and your friends. Since they’re exposed for a long time in the hospital ward, they might even know more compared to doctors in terms of experience. Since the nurse is only one, they can’t use technical terms and they have to explain medical conditions in easy to understand terms. The problem will arise when there are two nurses or more in your group. They will go off talking about something that will surely ruin your nights after that.

Nursing is Only for Women

During the early days of nursing, it was a female-dominated profession. Can you imagine someone other than your mom or wife taking care of you and doing your every bidding? After all, women have that innate characteristic to be caring and gentle all the time, right?

That may have been applicable – decades ago. Now, there are more men venturing into this field and they are received with open arms. You wouldn’t expect a female nurse to move an overweight, comatose patient in bed – remember that deadweight can be very heavy. This is where male nurses come in. They are handy when moving patients, transporting loads of medicines, or rushing down the aisle with medical equipment in tow during medical emergencies. In a nursing home, male nurses are also a valuable asset since their strength enables them to fully support aging clients.

Don’t get us wrong, female nurses are still the mainstay of the nursing profession. It’s just that a lot of employers and fellow nurses are now realizing that there is an open space for male nurses.

Nurses are a Doctor’s Lackeys

True, nurses are always seen by the side of the doctor and they can’t do anything (medication or medical procedure-wise) without consulting first with the doctor. However, nurses act as front-liners for hospitals, including doctors. They perform triage and diagnose patients first. In a medical emergency, they simply can’t twiddle their thumbs while waiting for the doctor to arrive and start barking orders. Nurses have to take charge and they have to stay on their feet.

In addition, a nurse’s responsibilities are not limited to the patients when they’re in their beds. A nurse also takes care of a sick person in terms of social, emotional, and even spiritual aspect. They coordinate with therapists or rehabilitation centers so that the sick individual can return to society fully-functioning. It may seem like they only get things for the doctor and they only do medical procedures dictated by the doctor, but they can also function on their own and may even be the factor that saves your life when you need it.

Nurses are easily misinterpreted by other people. If they don’t have any relative or they themselves are not nurses, other people won’t bother to know more about a nurse’s lifestyle. A nurse is more than a smile, a provider of warm blankets, or a cleaner for incontinence. A nurse can be a morbidly twisted angel, but still an angel nevertheless.