I love Instagram.
Let me clarify; I have a very one-sided relationship with most social media. I use it when it serves me HOW it serves me and otherwise don’t feel very connected to it or influenced by it.
(I was *so* early to the unplugging party at Facebook.)
I follow VERY few people on Twitter (57). I have no Facebook friends (well, 1, technically, to keep my account recoverable should I need that). And I pop in mindfully (this is key) because the last thing I want is a life in which I am reactive.
Instagram, for me, is the newest of my social media playgrounds (I only joined two years ago) but I love following hashtags and inspiring friends.
Just a few hours ago, I had a convo in the Instagram inbox thingy with a talent manager who is meeting with one of you beloved SMFA ninjas later this week. It is FUN to be able to talk shop in a super casual place, and to keep an eye on y’all at enough of a distance that I’m just an #SMFAninjas bat-signal away.
And yesterday, one of my fellow casting directors posted about how actors HAVE TO find people who are doing what they want to do and study them. Yup. Big ol’ amen! I told her, “We call them pace cars.”
Just like that — as I was watching some ooolllllldddddd TV shows — I saw an actor I know is still working today, decades later, and realized, he’s one of those “Hey, it’s that guy” types to study.
Check out that IMDb.
He’s been in everything. EVERYthing.
But you can bet he lives his life without TMZ hounding him… and all his bills are paid doing what he loves: creating.
I love taking a look at what REAL success in this business looks like… it’s not the celeb-level stuff (although that’s a reality for some); it’s the “I make a living at this” actor who is the perfect case study for next-tier goals.
Who’s your pace car?
Not the celeb you wish you could be someday. Not the, “Who are you wearing?!?” actors (although they’re fine pace cars for those of you at a certain tier). The working actor who works ALL. The. Time.
Or even someone who’s working just enough that they’ve finally been able to release their survival job. That’s a good pace car for you, if you’re currently juggling shifts at too many survival job gigs but know you’re just one big booking away from that all changing.
Who’s done it before you?
Jam with me in the comments below. I’d love to know who you’ve chosen to study!
Don’t forget! Our badass FREE SMFA Tune-Up call is Wednesday at 2:30pm PDT! Sign up here to be sure you get all the info on how to join us! And yes, I’m putting the finishing touches on your FREE Q2 show sheet!! 🙂 This is *so* delicious! There’s a LOT going on and that means opportunity is everywhere. Yay!
In addition to talking shop and answering our questions, also on the call, I’ll be announcing some VERY cool news I cannot wait to share with y’all! (Seriously, I’m horrible with keeping quiet something I’m super excited about like this, so I hope you’ll join in the fun tomorrow so we can celebrate the awesome news!)
’til then… stay ninja!