But have you ever wondered what it’s like for the people on the other side of the curtain? The people in the wings, with butterflies in their stomach, and a mind full of worry as to when their next job is, where their next pay cheque is coming from, and whether the audience like them?
If you want to make it on stage or screen, you have to work your socks off. Here are my rules to surviving as a singer the entertainment industry, the toughest industry in the world!
If you’re a one trick pony, the audience will get bored. Make sure you are an all rounded performer and you know your particular skill forwards, backwards and upside down! Be willing to try new things, and to push your boundaries!
…But Know Your Limits
There is no point in applying to every audition out there if you’re not suitable for the job. Or if the job is not suitable for you. Check out the job requirements carefully, and make you sure tick every box of what they are looking for.
Splash The Cash On Necessities
You will need a good headshot. You will need a nice audition outfit. You will need decent recordings of your work. You will need good equipment. Don’t cut corners. It’ll bite you in the bum!
A Good Email Can Go A Long Way
Emailing companies and agents with a short polite message, your headshot and your C.V can go a long way. If they take an interest, that could be your next job. If you never hear from them, no skin off your nose!
Be A People Person
They say it’s not what you know, it’s who you know, and it could not be more true. Networking can be crucial to getting you your next job. So put yourself out there, talk to people and make some fellow entertainer friends!
You’ll Never Know Who You’ll Find On The Way Up
It’s a small world out there, and the entertainment industry is a even smaller bubble. In fact, every single person I have worked with, I have either known personally or had mutual friends with. It is so easy for someone to ask the question “You know Elle Douglas right? What is she like to work with?” and you need that response to be positive! Don’t be a diva, it gets you nowhere!
Train Train And Train Again
As with any job, there are always new skills you can obtain to make yourself more employable. If you’re a singer, take up some dance lessons, if you’re an actor, try your hand at singing. The more you can do the better! Taking courses in areas such as stage combat can make you stand out from the crowd, and give you an upper hand at auditions.
Help out your fellow entertainers
It’s a dog eat dog world out there, and in the entertainment industry that statement triples! If you hear about an audition, let people know. If you work for a good agent, tell other performers who are struggling. If you help some one out in their hour of need, they are more than likely to return the favour. Keeping your cards close to your chest will be more work for you.
Grow A Thick Skin
Not everyone will like you. But it’s ok, it doesn’t mean you’re not talented! People can be cruel, and one negative comment can erase 100 positive ones, but it is important to learn to take constructive criticism on board, and let nasty remarks go in one ear and out of the other. It’s hard, but if you let it play on your mind, it’ll eat you alive!
When Life Throws You Lemons…
Not everything will go according to plan. You wont get the role you really wanted, someone will be one step ahead of you, but don’t let it get you down. As an entertainer, live by the saying ‘Everything Happens For A Reason’.