4 Simple Ways to Stay Booked
Being successful in the entertainment industry means building a resume that will help you make it to the top, and the only way to do that is to get – and keep getting – booked. What steps can you take to make this happen? Here are a few simple ways to stay busy.
Here is the first way to stay booked.
First thing’s first. You’ll want to dedicate time to researching potential opportunities online that will help you get to where you’re hoping to head. Apply to as many castings as you can in your area that may interest you. It really is a numbers game when you first get started, and the more experience under your belt, the better. Yes, you will be rejected by some, but it only takes one call back to jumpstart your career and get booked. The more effort you put out, the more likely you are to succeed.
Here is the second way to stay booked.
Before you start receiving callbacks for opportunities, make sure you clear your schedule enough to be able to say ‘yes’ when the time comes. You don’t want to be on the phone with a casting director or, even worse, in person at an audition, and have to say, ‘Sorry, I have other obligations.’ Casting directors who hear excuses over and over again will give up and spend their time and energy elsewhere.
Here is the third way to stay booked.
You’ll probably have to take on a few gigs at first that are not as glamorous as you may have anticipated. Of course, you always want to make sure anything you’re applying for is legitimate and that you’re not going to get scammed. However, you may have to sprinkle in some smaller bookings in order to stay busy. Consider your efforts to stay booked like buying a home. While it’s perfectly okay to have an over-the-top wish list of nice-must-haves when house hunting, often, you’ll have to make some compromises.
Here is the fourth way to stay booked.
At the end of the day, staying booked comes down to how determined and motivated you are to put yourself out there and to start building a resume that reflects these efforts. You’ll find you get out of this what you put in. So, even if you maintain a 9 to 5 day job and apply during your breaks, take every opportunity you can to start getting your name out there. As you begin to receive replies, you may have to make alternate plans. But try your best to focus on the present and do what you can until you cross that bridge. If it requires you to juggle a few things to get to where you want to be, think of these as necessary stepping-stones for growth rather than a permanent situation.
Every actor wants to make it to a point in their career where it’s easy to stay booked, and to be able to turn away gigs because they have the leverage to be more selective. However, this is easier to do down the road when you’re more established than it is at the very beginning. Follow these simple steps and you’ll have the opportunity to be selective once you’ve gotten your feet wet, and you’ll be well on your way to accomplishing your goals!
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