Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival workshop teaches actors how to approach the new business of acting after graduation ...

Thanks to all of the people who attended my New Business of Acting workshop last night at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Nice meeting all of you!

The transition from student of the performing arts to becoming a professional, working actor was the primary focus of our session. It can be rocky road at the beginning of this journey, unless you have clear, empowered perspective and a smart, strategic and realistic action plan in place.

Chapter 10 in The New Business of Acting: How to Build a Career in a Changing Landscape teaches you how to do it. For a sneak peek and a condensed overview, take a look at my recent Back Stage article on the topic.

In short, as I told the group of terrific, young actors last night:

Don't rush to find and secure representation (by an agent or manager).
Don't rush to join any of the unions (work to build your resume however you can first).
Start taking professional level classes and workshops taught by professionals.
Have a head shot session only when you can afford to do it right.

There was a wide range of questions that came up during our session. I will be addressing a lot these topics here in the weeks to come.

In the meantime, if you have a New Business of Acting-related question, post it or e-mail me directly at