Thursday, October 29, 2009

Are You Committed to Your Own Career?

I've been procrastinating a little when it comes to getting my postcards out there & submitting my headshots (hard copy) I have to ask I being very committed right now...I'm at a 2-3 level this week....honestly....and I think it's because I'm really focused on getting some income coming in...versus reaching out to industry people. But I'm a great multi-tasker so there is really no excuse why I can't do both. SO.... NO MORE EXCUSES YOLANDA! lol I wanted to share this article with you that inspired this post.

Are You Committed to Your Own Career?

by Sharon Moist

If you're like most of the clients I've worked with, I'm willing to bet that you'd tell them you're somewhere between an 8 and a 10 on the scale, coming out to an average of 9.

Then if I were to ask you what types of actions you take on a regular basis to support that level of commitment, what do you think your answer would be?

The truth of the matter is this: it's very easy to say that you're committed at the 9 level, but I'm willing to bet that for most of you, your actions/behavior would more likely be at the 2 - 3 level. Trust me when I tell you I'm not judging you because I've been there and I completely understand!

So now you're probably wondering, "Well, if I'm at a 3 level of commitment, what exactly does a level 9 really look like?" I'm so glad you asked!

Here are 3 steps you can take to truly commit yourself to your own career success:

1) Stop Talking and Start Doing!

When it comes to our own success, one of the biggest ways we sabotage ourselves is to continually talk about what we're going to do, without actually doing it.

Quite frankly, however, just talking about your career is NOT going to get you from where you are right now to where you want to be, is it? The key here is to start taking action on your goals. Otherwise a goal without a plan is just a dream.

So, do you just want to dream about the career you'd like to have? Or, are you willing to do the work involved to make that dream come true? Only you can answer that question for yourself.

2) Trim the Fat.

Before you read any further here, you need to know two things: (1) This tip is not about your diet, and (2) I know that what I'm about to say is going to upset some people and I do apologize for that.

So what do I mean by "trim the fat?" I mean stop going from teacher to teacher, class to class, and workshop to workshop looking for answers.

I cannot tell you the number of clients I've worked with who call themselves actors, but who do nothing more than live for taking class. What's that about? It's certainly NOT about pursuing an acting career. That's about hiding out and playing it safe, which again, is not going to get you where you want to go.

3) Market Yourself.

If you're committed to your career, then you need to be marketing yourself on a regular basis.

Remember, it's all well and good to be going to class and taking workshops, as it's certainly important to be well trained. However, if you're not marketing yourself, then I have to ask you "How truly committed are you to your career?"

Who should you be marketing to? Agents and Managers, as well as Theatrical and Commercial Casting Directors, for starters.

And, what do you tell them? Anything that's news: You just signed with a new agent; you just booked a part in the new James Bond film; you just changed phone numbers. Everything and anything that gives you a reason to keep in touch with these folks and remind them that you exist!

Food for Thought
If you're really serious about your career, then it's time to sit down and have a heart-to-heart conversation with yourself about exactly what it is that you want, and how committed you are to achieving your goals. Because as soon as you have honest answers to those questions, you can start planning the success strategies you need to have in place to reach your goals.
Copyright © 2009 Sharon Moist. All Rights Reserved.

Former Hollywood Agent, Sharon Moist, now works with clients to help them develop success strategies to become empowered in their own careers. Also known as The Industry Coach®, Sharon's clients come from all areas of the entertainment industry and represent such projects as: Desperate Housewives, 24, and Las Vegas, among others, as well as studios such as HBO and talent agencies, including The William Morris Agency. For more information or to work with Sharon directly, please visit her website at:
If someone were to ask you "On a scale from 1 to 10, how committed are you to your own career," what would your answer be?

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Targeting Shows

I was reading the lastest article by Bonnie Gillespie and she mentioned targeting TV shows. You can read the whole article here.

And I was just thinking...what shows do I watch on a regular basis...well all the shows that I am a true fan of are detective type shows or hospital dramas. I don't watch ANY sitcoms these days unless they are the reruns of Reba, King Of Queens, Martin & Girlfriends.

AND all the shows that I LOVE are not even filmed in NY...except for one....Law & Order: SVU.

My goal is to be a Series Regular on a TV Show but I would love for it to be a TV show that I would actually watch.

So I'm thinking, going by what I like, that I would either be playing a Medical Professional, a detective, someone with a certain skill like the guy in The Mentalist or Lie To Me...or someone in a show that deal with the supernatural...I love Sci Fi....I was a huge fan of the show Roswell.

Hopefully some of the types of shows that I like start filming in NY more or else I will have to move to Tinsel Town!

Time will

Stay Tuned....

Monday, October 19, 2009

The Chief Cause Of Failure

mltan100.blogspot.comHey Folks!

Happy Monday!!

Okay I just wanted to share something with you guys...a message that I got from Wes Hopper ( Take from it whatever you can!

Keep believing!

Until the next time....

Hi Yogi

"The chief cause of failure and
unhappiness is trading what you
want most for what you want
right now."
Zig Ziglar

We're an instant gratification society
and we don't like to wait for anything.

Unfortunately most of the most
important things take time
effort. That gives us a choice.

Do I work on what will move me
toward my dream, or do I choose
the fun thing that's right in front of

When I sit down at the computer
I always have the same set of
choices. Do I check my email (again)
or read the news or get lost on
Twitter? Or do I write a newsletter,
a blog post, a chapter in my book
or a section in a new product?

How about you? What are the easy
and fun choices you make when you
could be moving toward your dream?

How much could you get done if you
turned off the TV and unhooked the
phone, and wrote out your vision in
a notebook. And then listed the first
five things to do.

And then did the first one.

Will you join me in committing to
never again trading what you want
most for what you want right now?

It will result in a miracle!


Tuesday, October 13, 2009


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Friday, October 2, 2009

Thinking In Reverse

I am so guilty of this....I actually did it the other day. I called my mom and I was like "mom I'm so mad at myself...I wish I would've done "such and such" 10 years ago so that it wouldn't be so difficulty now because NOW I don't have the funds to do it." Well my mom gave me her encouraging words like she always does and we had a brainstorming session.

Point is...I didn't do 'it" 10 years ago....I'm doing "it" now...and I will just have to find a way to make it happen!

I read a message from Wes Hopper today ( and he touched on this...and I wanted to share that message with you guys.

Let's all stop letting the past dictate our's never too late to try something new! Where there's a WILL there's a WAY!!

Hi Yogi

"If you persist in thinking in reverse
you will only reproduce the same
results in your life over and over. "
Bob Proctor

What do you suppose Bob means
by "thinking in reverse?" How do you
do that?

It's actually really easy. You know how
I know it's easy? Because we all do
it, without any special training at all.

What he means is that we let the past
control what we expect for the future.

It's one of the main reasons that many
people have trouble creating really
exciting goals and dreams.

"I've never done that."
"No one in my family ever did that."
"Nobody I know ever did that."
"That probably takes a lot of money."
"Money's always been tight in our

So what? That's the past and that's
thinking in reverse. If you allow that
thinking to continue, that's all you'll
ever get.

"Wow, I'm gonna love that!"
"OK, I can be the first."
"There's always a way, so let's see.."

That's getting in forward gear and
letting your vision of the future control
your thinking.

"Yes, I can" allows miracles!