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Posted by admin, May 13, 2014 5:23 pm

10 Ways to Get Out of Your Own Way

#2:  Show Up

If you are serious about being a working actor, there is no better way to stack the odds in your favor than by showing up when and where it matters most. Honoring your desire to succeed and showing up will beat procrastination every time.

So often we use excuses to not show up to class, to an audition, a call back.  I once heard that the number one reason people lose their jobs is because they just don’t show up.  It seems crazy when you consider that showing up is the easiest thing one can do.  By taking action and putting in that effort, we amplify the energy of our desires to succeed; which in turn fuels our momentum.

It’s About Relationships

It’s the same for actors.  I listen to actors complain that they haven’t booked anything.  And then I hear their agents and managers complain about how hard they work to get their clients an audition and then the actor doesn’t show up.  This business is about relationships.  By showing up when and where you’re supposed to, not only do you keep those relationships, you build them.

I’m a director and I can’t tell you how many actors don’t show up for auditions and call backs.  And, what’s really crazy is they don’t even think of leaving a message.  When I have an audition list and an actor doesn’t show up, they will definitely not be considered for any future project.

If you can’t show up, you’d better have a very good reason and communicate it genuinely.  If an actor cannot make it to an audition but they have the respect to call and provide a good reason for not being there, I’ll still consider them for future projects.

The Formula Is Simple

It’s not easy to succeed as an actor, but the formula is actually really simple.  Show up.  And when you do, new opportunities will show up for you.

As author Anne Lamott once said, “Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come.  You wait and watch and work:  you don’t give up.”


If you’re an actor or know someone who is, feel free to share this article with those you believe could benefit from it.  Thank you.

Remember, as an actor, you’re part of an inspiring community.  Share your experiences in the comments section below.  This is your inspirational story and it can serve as a valuable learning tool for others.



Acting should be simple.  But that doesn’t mean it’s easy.  If you’re an actor or you know someone who is, there is no better moment than now to make the intention to take full control of your acting career and live the dream you were born to.

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One Response to “10 Ways to Get Out of Your Own Way-#2”

  1. Good advice to always take action. Sharing this article, thanks Loren.

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