Carpe Diem in 2009!

January 2, 2009 – 3:35 am

January is the time of year when we all take a look at what’s happening in our lives. I may not know many specifics about yours, but I can tell you that now is the perfect time to review your career, and consider new ways to create work opportunities for yourself. Do you need better materials? Should you expand your skill base? What can you do to make yourself more marketable?

First, take a look at the kind of work you are getting as a performer. Compare that to other types you’d like to be doing more of? Would you like to move into film, or have voiceover work? Would you like to tour with a show or have a cabaret act? Make a list, and be specific.

Next, think about ways to improve both your skills and marketing materials that would best help you obtain those goals. Yes, I said marketing materials. That’s what your headshot, voiceover demo, web site, Facebook page and all the rest are: your marketing materials. Add some fresh content to your web site or Facebook page: production stills, your last commercial, or footage from a performance. If you don’t have a web site or Facebook page, make getting one your number one priority! If you’ve aiming for voice work and never done voiceover, get some training and create that killer demo. If you need to expand current VO opportunites, upgrade your demo, or set up that home studio.

The point is, now is the time to act. Even in a down economy, someone is going to get the jobs for the commercials, films, stage shows, and voiceovers that are being produced. That someone will most likely be the one who is best prepared and who markets him or herself most effectively. That someone might as well be you.

From new headshots to comp cards, from voiceover lessons to acting classes, don’t forget to use Online Directory.. All the resources you need to accomplish your goals are here.

So Happy New Year everyone…and carpe diem!

R Kay

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  1. 4 Responses to “Carpe Diem in 2009!”

  2. Marketing yourself as an actor is, no doubt, very hard. With the addition of this economic funk the task becomes that much harder. As actors the key is to get your name out in whatever way, to be seen by as many eyeballs as possible. One new way is via talent websites that can lead to exposure from scouts and agents.

    By Talent21 on Jan 15, 2009

  3. Hi,
    Thanks for your post. Although it is our policy not to include web addresses in the post, your web site will be visible in your signature. Please consider create a listing of your own in our Online Directory, your site would fit in the Web Resources category. See “Create Your Listing” in the sidebar for more info.

    We appreciate your input. Thanks for participating in

    Kind regards,
    RKay Butler
    Content Editor

    By theactorsguide on Jan 16, 2009

  4. Great article – can we post on the yourACT blog?

    By Bob Harter on Apr 4, 2009

  5. You bet! With pleasure.

    By theactorsguide on Apr 4, 2009

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