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By Kimberly Faye Greenberg, Jun 28 2015 10:30PM


“Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, grace and power in it.”- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe


Before we delve into the nitty gritty I'm going to give you what I consider the first big/main tool of being a working actor to start the ball rolling. It will be what everything else in this blog is based upon and won't come as a surprise, just look at the title of this blog, it is the ability to be "PROACTIVE". Based on its defition, courtesy of GOOGLE, a person (or actor in this case)is creating or controlling a situation by causing something to happen.



For an actor who is new to this business: here is some honesty….In this business you need to make things happen and show the arts community (and more importantly the people who can hire you) that you exist, because unless you are the lucky one in a million person who gets discovered on the street, no one in this business is going to know you are around unless you take proactive action, and, via the many ways we will discuss in future posts, make it so!


For an actor who has been around the block for a while: here is some honesty….A friend I know, who works with well known actors and screenwriters, with whom will remain nameless in this blog, said to me that actors are some of the laziest people he knows and, unfortunately, he is not the only one i've heard echo this sentiment, and, sadly, I have seen it with my own eyes as well. Am I talking to you? Are you one of those performers who just sits back and waits for the phone to ring? Perhaps from your college showcase months ago? Are you waiting to hear from the agent/manager with whom your expectations are that they are doing all the work for you? Perhaps your waiting for the friend to call who said they were going to cast you in their next big project that never seems to materilize? Are you keeping yourself free and not auditioning after that one callback for that potential opportunity for the chance they will call?


Listen, I'm not saying any of the above are a bad thing or waiting to be that one in a million who is discovered on the street either, but, I will say that you are very much limiting youself to opportunity and for truly cultivating and being in charge of your career by waiting for something to happen and/or counting on someone else to do all the work for you. And, most importantly, pertaining to this particular blog post, you are in no circumstances being "PROACTIVE" by doing nothing/waiting.


So time is a wasting. Let's get going. Let's turn the spotlight on YOU and only YOU can start the ball rolling.


So..first and foremost….


The quintessential way, in my opinion, to be a PROACTIVE ACTOR??


Brace yourself…


Start by doing…


5 THINGS A DAY FOLKS! I challenge you to do 5 actions a day that pertain to your CAREER as a performing artist. Hopefully those actions will be specific to your goals versus generalized actions, but we will get into more specific goals later. Meanwhile 5 actions a day will suffice to get you started.


Now your screaming at this page. How in the world is doing only 5 things a day going to get me anywhere. Well, think again! Five things a day adds up fast folks! There are seven days in a week. Figuratively speaking its like the power of compound interest. Your actions, like money earning interest, start to add up! If you are doing 5 actions a day that's 35 actions to your goal! At the end of the month, if you at least do 5 actions, 6 days a week (With a day to rest of course) you will have done at least 120 "proactive" actions to achieve your career goals.


And, like Newton's Third Law, every action (although you may not know it at the time) will create an equal or opposite reaction…


Let's look at an example…


YOUR ACTION:


You send an email to a theatre company for consideration for their spring show when you see the press announcement of the upcoming season and know there is a role that is right for you…


POSSIBLE "REACTIONS" from your action to the above:


a) Garners you a video submission/consideration;


b) A job offer if they know you already or are in a pinch or you just knocked it out of the park with a video submission;


c) A referral to someone else the theatre company knows for a different project;


d) Consideration for another project they are working on (perhaps you just answered their prayer of needing someone);


e) Sparked an introduction/connection with the person/theatre you reached out to so that you can reach out to them for other opporunties in the future. (This one even holds true if you hear no response becuase you can refer back to that submission in a new letter in the future if you see another project roll around or mention your initial letter if/when you ever meet them in person for whatever reason etc.)


f) And, who knows what else, the possiblities are endless!



So, now the next big question you are clammering to ask, But there is so much I want to do and accomplish? I have so many big dreams or career goals so how do I know what to do and where to start?


Well as Goethe states so eloquently, “Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, grace and power in it.”


The optimum words in this quote take "Action" and "Begin" it!

Literally pick something and start!!! No one gets anything done by debating what should be done for days upon end. For now, pick something you have wanted to achieve in your performing career and start taking actions to achieve it. You may surprise yourself. It may come faster and not be as hard to acheive as you thought.


C'mon, the world is your oyster! So Proactive Performer seize your power! The curtain is rising! Take your actions! And, just BEGIN!!!

By Kimberly Faye Greenberg, May 22 2015 04:25PM


I will admit that I have always been proactive, but, I will also freely admit that I am a work-a-holic, and, learned early on in school and with some very honest teachers/coaches that this career is about:


1) Acceptance of who you are;

2) Being in it for the long haul no matter what might be thrown my way;

3) Not being afraid to say "yes" (well, without sarificing your morals);

4) Finding your people;

4) Building your "blocks" and "box";

5) Keeping positive; and,

6) Knowing that the mentality of being humble but being in it to win it is everything!.


Now because of my type


ie. looking young, sounding older and playing character roles or leading women with a character edge


I was taught and told by many teachers/coaches whom I respected that it would take me 10 or more years before "big" things..whatever that means...started to happen to me in the New York performing world. So that meant this early 20 year old had until I was at least 30 years old to wait. Insert moans and groans from my twenty year old self. ha ha ha.


Anyhow, my journey began in NYC a few years after college, having had been lucky to get regional touring work right out of school. Boy, I was ready to be in the thick of it regardless of my teachers 10 year waiting plan in order to try to achieve my defintion of success:


SUCCESS (in my definition) = WORKING AND MAKING A LIVING AS AN ACTOR!


Hence the proactive actor in me began. I moved to NYC with that quintessential story of a few hundred bucks in my pocket, a suitcase and an apartment I took sight unseen from an alumni of my school. I was determined that come hell or high water things would happen, but, in already being honest about myself with success probably not coming for me overnight and the bright lights of Broadway probably having to wait, I would need to be smart and use those 10 years to develop relationships, hone my craft and try to find opporunties to use my talents where people of importance could get to know me so that when my 30th birthday came along I had built the blocks that could allow "big" things to happen.


And, lets be honest..I didn't truly expect the phone to ring on my 30th birthday either without me having put in 10 years of legwork to make it so... And to put it plainly I was willing to put in 10 years of building blocks to my success becuase what is 10 years when I could then have a lifetime doing what I love.


So via experiment, business forethought, being on my game, very very honest teachers/coaches and the courage to say "yes" in some very scary scituations, things have come together. I am now, *whelp* 3*** (something)... and I would say i haven't done so bad for myself. I have found what I had defined at the beginning stages of my early 20's of success. ie. I make my living, for the most part, as an actor (and even backstage as well!). I get paid consistenetly to do what I love to do. And, you know what?! Funny enough, my teachers were right...it did take 10 years for my building blocks to come together and the "bigger" things that have helped to really define me as a performer in the New York market.


Now, I admit with my hard earned 10 years in the making of success..(nope no overnight sensation for me that is for sure) and my 40's approaching more quickly then I would like to admit, that my defintion of success and what I want is changing. My career is growing/morphing and my proactive actions are shifting, but, the proactive ideas to acheive my new goals remain the same.


Hence comes this blog. I have had many reach out to me to find out what it is that keeps my career moving forward, what it is that makes the performing opportutunies continue to come in to my life and what has contributed to my individual decisions on many business levels that makes me different from the 1000's of actors out there that tends to single me out for available opportunites and continues to keep my phone ringing and my email inbox full.


So here is where i share them with you.


THE ACTOR'S PLAYBOOK: The Busines Of Acting And Being A Pro-Active Actor! Here is to your success!






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