For this week’s post, this will serve as a rather blunt opinionated post as well as a genuine question to any actors out there who partake in this. So if this offends you, please express your thoughts fully so I can understand. With that being said:
Why the shitballs would an actor pay $100 (or over) an hour for acting career consultation?
First off, this is not to be confused with acting classes but rather an entire section devoted entirely to how one can propel their acting career forward. To a degree, I can understand the ones who give actors career consultation and in return, getting some form of money (or food) for their time and services in giving their knowledge. Time is precious and I completely support those who don’t want to be taken advantage of for their expertise, especially if so many individuals keep asking advice for free.
The ones that do baffle me are the ones that charge $100 (or higher) per hour for these services. There are some that go up to $230 per hour and the money they charge just to give some advice blows my mind. Then there are those who seem to have different subsections of career consultations, from marketing to social media to audition technique, and so on and so on. Separate classes, are you FREAKING KIDDING ME?!
Now, if there are actors here who have benefited GREATLY from attending these overpriced career consultation sessions, then all the more power to you. I can’t tell you what to do with your money as you either must be a trust fund baby or you have tons of cash floating around to continuously go through these sessions on a weekly/monthly basis. That or you’re effing insane and I rather you’re using some of that money to pay your rent/car insurance/gas/food/the bare necessities. I may also sound like a non-believer because I have never needed services like these before nor have I ever taken one. So if you think I am so dead wrong, either as an actor or a career consultant that I am bashing on, please comment below and I would love to hear your opinions.
For those who have no idea how to manage their acting career, this is why I write this blog for free to do just that. To give actors a jump start so they can shave off wasted money and months to get a clear idea how this confusing career works. After all, your career as an actor does not truly begin until you have a firm grasp of what you need to do to be in a competent talent zone, persistence, the mental fortitude to handle it all, and the financial stability so that you’re not living in your car for a month.
There’s also this little book that Bonnie Gillespie* wrote called Self-Management for Actors. It’s a book I got when I first came to LA and it has guided me in all the right places without me resorting to pay hundreds of dollars for people who all claim they know what it takes to succeed in Hollywood. The truth is, nobody freaking knows. But I think with books like these, it can give actors a very knowledge start and I suggest you go to your nearest book store, sit on a floor or chair, and read a few chapters. I think it may be worth it to buy the whole thing but I don’t get jackshit for promoting her book so that’s up to you.
*I do realize the irony in promoting Bonnie Gillespie as she also is a career consultant herself but for the sake of this entry, let us assume that you’re not taking her sessions but rather just checking out her book.
Being an actor is a supernaturally hard thing to do, dealing with rejections all the time, while trying to make ends meet as well as fending off your parents and telling them that everything is awesome when really everything is far from it. I completely understand all of that because I’m very much going through that on a daily basis, despite whatever successes I may have had in my own acting career.
But if I can help a single person save a few hundred bucks or save them from making a terrible decision, then my commitment to writing this blog is all the more worth it.