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.

Reasons Why Entertainment is Important

We face a lot of hardships, frustrations, and disappointments every single day. With this blazingly fast pace, taking time out for yourself seems impossible or not as important compared to deadlines or projects. Add to that the fact that technology has made it easier for us to connect or keep in touch with other people within our own home, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for a shut-in.

After work, you simply plug in your headphones, and then head over home so that you can simply browse the net or watch TV. You won’t find the need to go out so you might skip out on physical contact or socializing totally. If you need to check-up on a friend, you can simply call them or send them a message. You can even have a video call if you’re up to it. This replaces a lot of social interactions for many people out there. However, man is still a social being whether he’s comfortable with it or not. To further motivate you, here are some of the reasons why you should go outside and socialize once in a while.

Mix Things Up

During workdays, your schedule will more or less be the same. Wake up, eat breakfast (optional), head off to work, come home, and then spend the rest of the day surfing the internet or watching TV. It sounds like a real bore – and it is. Frequent activities like these make your life mundane and can lead to a build-up of stress. It will spill over from your personal life to your work, eventually adversely affecting your career or relationships.

Taking a break and going out for just a few rounds of beer or a change in scenery has also been shown that it can improve a lot of factors from your happiness to your self-esteem. Lastly, you don’t always have to subject yourself to the stressors in your house. When you come home, you’re met with trash that needs to be taken out, dirty laundry and dishes, and maybe even an irritated significant other. You’ll still have to face them so you can take a quick break for now.

Use Rush Hour

Instead of getting yourself stuck in traffic for a few hours, getting yourself a headache in the process, then coming home grumpy, ready to bash anyone in your way, why not use that time to your advantage? You can find a bar close to your workplace then spend a few hours after work just relaxing there, having a few beers (you’ll still be driving of course), and then head home once the roads clear up.

If drinking isn’t your thing, then you can simply substitute a bar with a restaurant. You might meet new people there, while enjoying the good food. If needed, you can even put in after hours work in a relaxing environment. This is using your time wisely. Instead of wasting your hours in traffic, you can instead use it for a more positive approach.

This time, you might even get to discover new drinks you have never heard of before. The idea of spending almost $10 for an exotic drink that could end up disgusting might not sound well for you, but this is a good time to try things out. After work, many bars will have happy hour. Drink prices will be reduced, and you can try without worrying about the cost. You can even go around the bar asking people what drinks they recommend. It’s also a great way to strike up a conversation.

Unwind Your Stress

When you’ve had a stressful day and when you come home directly, it’s very easy to vent your anger on the nearest living thing you see. Even though you’re not really angry at that person, it’s easy to lose control since you were angry before even coming home and your fuse is relatively short. Sleeping on the couch might be a common thing for you by now.

However if you entertain yourself or keep yourself busy before coming home then you can come home more relaxed. Dinners will be pleasant, and your conversations with the people around you will be brighter. There won’t be any nitpicking or sudden flaring of tempers. This is all just because you chose to have fun for a few minutes or hours before coming home.

Develop Friendships

If you become a regular at a place (a bar or restaurant) of your choosing, you’ll eventually become close with the people working there and even the other patrons as well. You won’t have to go out of your way and go to bars or other unknown places just to meet people. You could do it at your watering hole. Since they also like that place, you can just meet up there after work or during weekends. Keeping yourself entertained with your friends will help keep your outlook positive and you’ll have healthy relationships as well.

If you’re looking for an intimate relationships, then meeting someone in the club or bar is also a very good venue for that. People who go there are also looking for the same thing. You don’t have to do anything extra special or fancy. It’s one of the rare occasions when women let their guard down and when men can be confident (thanks to alcohol).

Improve Work Relationships

During working hours, the only time you are able to talk is when you or your colleagues need something from each other. Whether it’s a work-related email or a project for a deadline, your conversations will be limited to work and that’s it. You won’t know about your co-worker’s personal life, their unique talents, or the funny side about them. Likewise, they won’t be able to know yours as well.

By frequently hanging out and just having fun together, you’ll get to know each other more, and your work relationship will improve overall. It will be easier to work with them, or trust them with important tasks and responsibilities. It might seem like you’re just having fun or getting wasted together, but going out with co-workers also has its perks both in your personal and professional life.

Of course, it’s still better to have fun and entertain yourself using your hobbies. It could be something like train model building, online gaming, or simply reading a book. After all, it’s what you are comfortable with and this is what relaxes you the most. If you force yourself to socialize just because you think you need the social connection, it will create more stress for you. Don’t forget that one of the main reasons why entertainment is important for you is to relax and unwind. If you can’t do that, then you should not adapt other people’s style; rather you can modify your own one. For example, you can do your hobbies on the weekday and go out with your friends at the weekend. It’s about finding the right balance in your social life, to ensure that you stay healthy in different aspects.