Hello from Atlanta!
I’m writing from our suite at the end of a phenomenal trip back to my hometown — yes, I actually let the hubs come with me this time. 😉
My last bit of business was being the guest speaker for a Q&A event with Houghton Talent. Houghton repped me way back in my Atlanta-kid-actor days and I always offer to do events for their clients when my schedule permits. It’s awesome to get to connect with Mystie and the amazing Houghton team, plus so many ninjas who are crushing it where I grew up.
Tonight was the talk and it was awesome! I got to reconnect with actors I’ve known for nearly 20 years (yep! CRAZY to get to see folks from so far back… especially since none of us has aged at all) and I got a great topic to share with y’all, as I knew I would.
This is one that’s gotten such heat in Atlanta (and probably in other markets too, I’d imagine) that even the agents wanted it to be covered: “All these requests to self-tape are throwing off my booking ratio. How do I not get depressed about this?”
Yeah. That’s a biggie, isn’t it?
You were chugging along, going in the room, booking whatever percentage of your auditions (read more about the booking ratio here), and suddenly this whole self-tape thing is driving that ratio in the wrong direction. And it’s getting to you.
I get that this could make you less likely to want to self-tape after a while. You’re like, “Get me in the effin’ room! I can BOOK there, dangit!”
(Let’s set aside the reality that acting on camera itself involves being able to move people, deeply sometimes, without being in the same room with them. C’mon… duh. You need to get good at booking the room even if you’re going on tape to do so.)
So here’s the fix.
You’re an actor. You’re hustling so you can get more jobs in which you get to act, right?
Great. Here’s an invitation to do so. In front of an audience! Sure… maybe it’s an audience of one or two, but it’s an audience. And not just *any* audience! It’s an audience of BUYERS you know consistently have a need for solutions to the problem YOU solve!
These are folks who can truly appreciate the gift you’re sharing with them! COOL!
Do the work. Make it good. Send it off. Move on. Live your life.
Don’t get all metrics-focused and start handing off the keys to your enoughness by giving away so much power on whether you’re cast from that self-tape (or even if the dang thing gets WATCHED). You’re an actor. Act every day.
Shoot something. Rehearse something. Jam with a fellow creative. Join our totally free SMFA Ninjas Self-Tape Challenge. Become an asset your agent cannot WAIT to offer a self-tape to… because you’ve made it clear you’re going to deliver EVERY DANG TIME and never gonna grouse about what self-tapes are doing to your damn ratio.
There is so much goodness that can come of this when you don’t get in your own way.
Jam with me about this in the comments just below! I’d love to know how your relationship with self-taping is… and whether you’re down for the free challenge. 🙂
Oh, and the jetsetting in my life is about to get put into overdrive! Ninjas of New York and London, grab your spots in our quickly-filling-up classes TODAY! I cannot wait to jam with y’all!
’til next time… stay ninja!
And thanks again, Atlanta, for the wonderful visit. Happy 85th, Daddy! 🙂