Archive for March, 2012
“Don’t be too conscious of what the next move in your career will be. I’ve seen many actor friends turn down alot of gigs because they think, ‘Now I’m a big actor. I can only do these kinds of movies.’ Well, they often just stop working.” ~ Neal Patrick Harris, star of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER.
Which do you want be? Working and happy or not working and resentful?
I’ve seen the same attitude with actors who haven’t even started working! They turn down auditions, opportunities, agents because they think, “I’m better than that.” They are not working either.
Work begets work. Turning down acting opportunities begets sitting at home and fantasizing about working as an actor and resenting those who are working.
Success = Preparation meets Opportunity. Be in class. Be prepared for any audition when it comes. Take every opportunity to act you can – you never know what it will lead to.
After many months of a nationwide search Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) was cast at age 16 as the infamous Doogie Howser, MD by show creator Steven Bochco ( NYPD Blues, LA Law, Raising the Bar).
Before starting production, Steven took Neil and his parents to dinner and gave him this advice:
“A career in acting is like surfing. You paddle out and paddle out and get wet and hit by the waves. When you finally get out where you’re supposed to be you have to sit on a surfboard for a long, long time, just waiting. If you’re really lucky, you’ll catch a wave, and it’ll be the most amazing feeling. ut the key is that that wave will inevitably crash to the sand. Then what you have to do is paddle back out and get hit by a bunch of waves again. But trust that in the long term there will always be waves to catch.”
Thinking back on this advice, Neil Patrick Harris said, “It turns out (to be) absolutely accurate.”
Where are you in the process, do you agree with this? Start the conversation with a comment below.
Several years back I was coaching a student who was being followed by Academy and Emmy award winning documentarians, Dylan Nelson and Dan Sturman. (TWIN TOWERS, SOUNDTRACK FOR A REVOLUTION, NANKING). The footage of my coaching is now included in a fascinating documentary,The Hollywood Complex.
This film is a must see for any child and parent planning and/or venturing to Hollywood to pursue the child’s dreams of making it big. The documentary follows the life and auditions of five “Show Biz Kidz” staying at the infamous Oakwood Apartments.
The film premiered at Hot Docs in Toronto, and has played a number of major festivals, including Sheffield (England) International, Melbourne, and has been selected for the Cleveland International Film Festival in late March. It has already played on Channel 4 in the UK, and is selling around the world – France, Germany, Finland, Japan, and Australia on Qantas Airlines.
Check out the Showtime schedule and share your thoughts in the comment section below about the journeys of these Show Biz Kidz.
Pursue a goal for where it takes you, not for where it gets you.