John Dean’s advice to actor-wannabes
What made you get into the acting industry?
I was fascinated by the TV screen since I was young. I always liked the different costumes which the actors wear. Since then, I decided to find out more from friends about how to get into the entertainment industry. During my teen years, I was involved in some plays where I was given lead roles. Since then, I decided what I want in life – to become an actor.
What type of difficulties do actors in the United State face?
I guess that most actors face the difficulty of handling sudden fame. For the ones who attained stardom without much effort, they do not understand the difficulties and struggles of most actors. And when it comes to sudden fame, they seem to think that it lasts forever. After buzz ends or the next star comes about, they are unable to handle the neglect. This is why many in the industry are heading into drugs and booze. The change is simply too difficult for them.
Besides the fame, next comes the money. Similar to fame, money comes and goes. I’ve seen my fair share of poor financial planning, especially amongst the younger actors. It can be difficult for them to understand how to financial plan at a young age. Thankfully, most that I know finally understand the game and looks like they are progressing real well right now.
Give us a rundown of your business and where you are looking to take it in 2015?
My business is really about giving who wish to take their acting to the next level. As a past actor, I would prefer to remain anonymous but I hope to share my past experience with people who genuinely wish to be in the limelight. 2015 will be an exciting year since there are always people who wish to take their career in acting.
What do actors need to know before getting into the industry?
I think actors need o understand that being in the acting industry entails being in a very dynamic and ever-changing environment. Besides possessing good acting skills, communication and networking is very important. I have seen and worked with many great actors out there, x-factors, looks etc. But yet they are struggling, unable to get fitted with roles that can land them as the next-big-thing.
For freshiees who have just started out smaller roles, show utmost interest in whatever gives. Speak to your director; discuss your roles with him. Let him know your interest in acting. Make him remember you even though you are not taking the lead roles. In this way, you will be remembered in his next project. Besides your director, mingle around with everyone on the set. Make friends with them, let them remember you too.
If you could leave our readers with one last piece of business advice, what would it be?
If you can take the ups-and-downs of being an actor, you should visit my website that teaches you to become a good actor. You will surely not regret it.
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