The entertainment industry is a vast assortment of performances, artists, writers, and incredible engineers. Although there’s a different way to get into each of these different types of jobs, there are some nearly universal rules.
These five items are things you have to do to succeed. If you slack on them, you’ll be overlooked as another simple performer.
Be Confident in Your Abilities
Confidence shines brighter than anything else. Even if you’ve only sung a particular song twice before, or you don’t know the context of the script sample you’re reading, you must show through your personality and confidence that you’re the best at what you do. Don’t allow yourself to stumble, and if you do, brush it off and keep going. Confidence will drag people in, hooking them with charisma and attitude.
Try to Show Your Uniqueness
With how many people are trying to prove themselves in music, acting, comedy, and other entertainment, you must set yourself apart. Make it clear why your skills are valuable, why your voice should be listened to, and why people should want to watch you perform. Don’t tell your life story every time you perform; instead, show it through your skills. People want to see someone who feels like the main character in their universe. Bring that energy through and show the personality that makes you the best candidate for any performance.
Be Honest and Friendly
When people ask you questions about your skills and training, it’s a good idea to be honest with them. Damon Wayans Jr. straddles the line between charming and funny by working to ensure he looks like he’s having a genuine connection with everyone he’s talking to. This can help boost interpersonal relationships in the industry, which will allow anyone who does this to be more memorable. You want to carve out a place for yourself in people’s minds.
Don’t Let People Break You.
The entertainment industry is worth trillions of dollars, and yet companies and people will still try to get the most out of each other for as little money as possible. You should do the work and prove yourself: but never undercharge or accept ‘exposure’ as payment. Exposure may bring in an extra follower or two, but being able to pay your bills means you’d have more time to devote to your arts so you can create more viable content.
Have A Drive That Can’t Be Stopped
The entertainment industry is the top industry people aspire to since childhood. So many people dream that one day they’ll be able to grace a stage and have adoring fans crooning after them. Unfortunately, barely anyone gets to enjoy this kind of popularity, which means the chances are already stacked against you.
Most people give up.
Even if you try your entire life, there’s no guarantee you’ll ever gain success. So it’s a good idea to be okay with that possibility but driven to try and work past it.