Whoa. And thank you. Wow.
Y’all seriously showed up for last week’s question. (Read it here if you missed the last BonBlast — and feel free to share your answers in the comments as well!)
And even though I specifically said not to include things like winning the lottery, dropping 20 pounds, or suddenly being 10 years younger, a significant number of you replied that the ONE THING that would make a difference in your ability to MAKE IT as an actor is… money.
Ah… honey. That’s just not true.
Here’s how I know: I have just as many clients who have all the money as I have clients (or non-client consumers of my advice out there in the world) who are struggling to make ends meet.
Those clients with all the money? There is the exact same proportion of them as those WITHOUT money blocked in the exact same areas. Money has nothing to do with the blocks.
Let’s back up.
Remember I mentioned that I have this theory that there are five areas in which you need to focus your energy in order to MAKE IT as a creative storyteller. And there are another two things involved.
I drew this up while doing a Facebook Live broadcast in our members-only Get in Gear for the Next Tier Facebook group yesterday. (Not a member? Rectify that by kicking off your 100-day journey toward being in LOVE with your showbiz career HERE.)
Let’s start from the bottom of the goodies in the Enoughness 101 circle, here.
Talent. You have to have it. You have to believe you have it. This is the foundation of making it. (Note: I didn’t say you have to have a LOT of talent or *extraordinary* levels of talent. I’m talking a baseline of talent. Ask Keanu Reeves. A “talented enough” actor who knows how to negotiate for producer money.)
Tools. You’ve got to be able to show people your talent. Headshot. Resumé. A clip of your footage. Presence on a submission website. Skills that align with the type of storytelling you hope to do. We can’t just intuit that you’re talented and right for what we’re working on. We need to see it.
Targets. Just like in any business, you must identify your buyers. Who’s most likely to need what you’re selling? Who are the casting directors, producers, directors, writers, showrunners, and fellow-actor content creators out there who regularly need the talents you posses (and that your tools showcase you possessing)? These are your targets.
Team. I’m not just talking about your hell-yes rep, although your agent and manager fit in here for sure. But this is also your support system. Your community. Your interior team of all that self-talk you use to coach yourself day to day. Surrounding yourself with the best people on the planet is going to make a difference in the access you get and how you feel about the journey itself.
Time. Nobody seems to like this one because it’s marching on regardless of our willingness to let it happen, but it’s a factor here. Even with all the items leading up to this one being totally on point, there’s just the TIME it takes for the talent as depicted through the tools to get communicated to the targets with the support of that team… and then that’s all gotta line up for enough iterations (TIME) for there to be momentum that takes on a life of its own.
Okay… and alllllllllll around this list of five things, there’s this bubble of your Thinking and your Trust.
EVEN WITH all five of the must-have items in place, if your mindset is a mess, you’re only going to get so far.
To bring this back to money, here’s what’s important to note. You can have all the money in the world — money that makes your tools better, more expensive, updated more frequently; money that makes you more TRUSTING of your talent (because you’ve taken more classes or gotten more degrees); money that makes you feel more TRUSTING of the TIME this all takes — and still not make it.
Further, you can have NO money — I mean, like a dollar — and make it. Every day someone is showing up with raw talent (no training), basic tools (self-shot footage and a friend-shot headshot), keen awareness of their targets, a support system that believes in them (not necessarily some power agent), and they’re putting in the time while standing firm in the TRUST they have for this whole system… and making it.
Having money may simplify some things, but not having much of it is NOT a block to “making it.” Saying money is the only problem is a convenient way to avoid dealing with your low enoughness about other things.
Let me say that again, with more words.
Saying money is a BLOCK to your ability to MAKE IT is a convenient way NOT to address what actually might need your attention: Your mindset, your faith, your belief in yourself.
Because who wants to work on THAT scary stuff when complaining about money is soooooooooo much easier (and more popular to do)?
Thing is, money doesn’t flow so easily UNTIL those other issues are worked out.
Enoughness 101, baby.
Now, I’m certain there are some strong opinions about this, so I’ll be jumping on Facebook Live over here at 2:30pm PST on Monday the 18th. Let’s talk about Financing Your Creative Career from a monetary perspective and of course from an enoughness POV as well!
Until then, here’s what I recommend if you’re sure money is all that’s missing for you: Go through every one of the elements here and get ’em all upgraded as HIGH as they can go without the money you’re craving!
And I mean all of ’em. HIGH.
Because if your trust is high? Money’s not a problem. NOT having it only makes your fame story all that much more inspiring.
Pretty cool, huh?
Of course, I’m ready for your comments on all of this below! I see ’em all and treasure everything you’re so generous to share! I especially love seeing the connections you’re making with one another. 😉 Really warms my heart.
Love and rockets,