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Sunday, March 20, 2011

A Call to Action

Today I'm talking about something completely different.  I'm not going to have a radio show this week, as I will be filming on Thursday.  So, during the break, I'm asking for some help from you all.

As many of you know, I've been tweeting, blogging and doing a radio show for quite a while now, putting out acting advice, practical tips on how to navigate the industry and principles on how to self-market.  All of this I have been doing for free, because I love acting and I would love for up-and-coming actors to be able to avoid some of the pitfalls I fell into when I began my journey.

When I went to grad school, I was married with one child.  When I left we had two.  So I completely understand that many of you are in financial straits.  For this reason, it doesn't offend me when I ask for donations and receive none or when I get many requests for information on my online acting classes but few actual enrollments.  Money is tight.  I totally get it.

Now as a side note, I will say that if you're serious about acting, you will need to learn how to sacrifice what you want in the short term for what you want in the long run at some point.  Acting classes, whether you take them from me or someone else, are really a necessity if you want to have a chance at a life-long career.  Word to the wise.

There are some things that I ask for that require nothing from you but a little time or effort.  And when I say "little" I mean "teeny-tiny".  These are things that would help me to secure sponsors that would allow me to subsidize some of the time and energy (and money) that I put into this effort.

What I need is follows, subscriptions, reviews and comments.  These cost absolutely NOTHING.  Where I need them is here on my blog, on my blogtalkradio page and on my iTunes page.  You may be thinking, "I'm just one person.  One follow, one comment, one review... how much good is that going to do?"  LOTS.  Lots and lots and lots.  First off, it helps me to know that I'm not just putting this stuff out into the void.  It lets me know I'm doing some good.  More important that my fragile ego, however, is the ability to attract sponsors that will allow me to continue doing this indefinitely.

So, if you like what I'm doing here, let me know.  Show support for my blog, my Twitter stream, my radio show and my iTunes page.  No cost to you, lots of benefits for me.  I've done my best to scratch your back.  Now I'm looking for a little quid pro quo.

I want to take a quick second and thank those that have done this already.  I truly appreciate it, and I don't want you to feel like your efforts have been in vain.  It's been those of you who have commented, emailed, followed and subscribed that have kept me going up to this point.  THANK YOU!!!

One final plug for my classes.  If you're thinking about taking them, stop thinking and start DOING!  Not sure that you can do the times listed?  Talk to me about times that work for you.  You may find that I open up another section right when you need it.  Have questions?  Email me {actingwithoutthdrama (at) gmail (dot) com}.  Otherwise, sign up at the top of the page.

Lastly, if you do have a little spare change, head over to my donations page.  As much as all the above may help long-term, an infusion of cash is a HUGE help.  There's nothing that I would love more than to go back up to the hour-long format on my radio show.  Even if it's just a dollar or two, every cent counts.

So, guys... do me a solid, in whatever way you can.  And remember, we're only actors if we continue to act.  So get out there!

1 comment:

  1. Totally appreciate folks like you who offer tips and advice because you genuinely want us actors to succeed! When money is tight (and isn't it always?) it's a relief to know there are blogs such as this filled with awesome info! Thank you!