I love getting questions and comments from actors because, often, I not only get an outright sense of what can information can be directly useful; but I also get indirectly clued what myths and misperceptions can be clarified.
See, I have lived inside The Industry for quite a long time. First, I was a working actress and voiceover for many years. I live in LA which is a factory town. Nearly everyone in this city works in The Business. I don’t think I have a friend, out here, who isn’t in The Business. So we all know what we know, and we share the same frame of reference.
Thus, I don’t readily know what people outside of The Business may not be aware of, or the what myths are still believed to be truths, and vice versa. I’ve just been in this ‘shared frame of reference’ space too long.
Questions and feedback from my actor readers are very welcome. I invite you to please comment, question, say anything! Because I love to hear from you!
Feedback Is Dialogue
It defines what needs to be written about to get and keep you actors more informed..About how to act like a professional actor, and about how making a professional acting career is really done here, and in New York. (It is extremely important to do it correctly.) And how to continue to build on your acting successes, to more professional acting stature, to a solid acting career.
Why else do I want your communication? It connects you and I. It connects us all. I dig that, and I’ve mentioned this before:
All acting careers are solo acts. All acting careers also have dark times, and times of difficulty. It’s important to have others around who understand you, your goals, your artform.
Sharing Your Experience With Actors Who Also Understand
There are good experiences too; and sometimes other people who aren’t actors may not understand why you are so thrilled about a part you earned that doesn’t pay well, but it’s a great opportunity for you to spread your wings and shine in the sweet spot of your talent. Or you got upgraded on an acting job, or suddenly realized that your technique is so strong and encompassing, that you know your career is about to launch. Advance. Excel…
Everyone connected with the blog, on both sides, is an actor. You and I don’t need to try to explain the logic of the love of acting. What propels you, what drags on you, what thrills you. We are all the same in this very identifiable way. We are all the same people. We aren’t often understood, by others who don’t share this same passion for the work. Or the love of the artform.
Let’s connect. And definitely send in your questions…I’ve got some upcoming blog posts where I will be responding to questions that came in last week.
Use the ‘CONTACT’ link, up at the top of the page, in the navbar. The ‘leave a comment’ link at the bottom of each post is fine too. I approve, or don’t, each ‘comment’ before it gets online. You can just leave a hello there–or comments–questions, too.
There’s Twitter too, if you are on Twitter. I am @__dana__ there, with 2 underscores on either side of my name.
All comments that get tweeted to me, about my blog posts, or the blog altogether, get put directly on the bottom of the posts. You may have seen this. I like that a lot, actually. It’s expedient, and it’s cool to have the comments right, there under my text.
About the sharing
I don’t know if you are annoyed by my asking you to share, at the end of post. I am certain that I feel more-than-annoyed at having to ask you, at end of every post.
But, your telling others about this site is what will keep it on the internet, keep me continuing the work I put into it.
Why is your sharing with others so important?
Well, for some super-important reasons:
1. I love this blog, I love actors and acting. I’m going on my 3rd year with this blog. I would like to build my readership to qualify for some high end advertising. Honestly, it’s gonna burn me out to keep this blog going as I have, while continuing to get nothing back. (And I haven’t even gotten to the prime-est acting info yet…Seriously…)
I’ve got a substantial readership, and a steadily regular readership.
2. I do no advertising. No marketing. NONE. Except for the occasional tweet when I have posted something new, on Hollywood Actor Prep. (It doesn’t make sense to pay to advertise when I don’t get money back, right? Same for marketing time and effort.)
Actually, there is no way for anyone to know about Hollywood Actor Prep, at all, unless you tell them.
And there’s no way I get anything back for my efforts, expertise, and investment; unless I increase my subscriptions and readership. For advertising revenue, from real Industry sources.
And…There’s no way to know how you feel about this blog, unless you send me your feedback.
I am a bit surprised, actually, that I really am entering a 3rd holiday season, with all those in the Hollywood Actor Prep acting community. (How cool is that??)