The acting and modeling industry is a very much me oriented kind of job. Everything is about you. You’re the person that’s being photographed, you’re the person that’s on camera, you’re the person that’s doing the radio commercials and sometimes it’s very easy to only think about ourselves.
And that’s why I think it’s really important sometimes to just kind of step back and just try to think about other people sometimes. I ran into that situation very recently where there was a woman who was one of the producers of an independent film that I was involved with years ago.
She called me and said, ”I am trying to help kids break into the business, and one of the teens she is working with is really interested in being on television as perhaps a newscaster or having a talk show.”
It is pretty amazing. She is helping this 15 year old girl set up an independent TV channel in order for her to get some experience and some exposure. She asked me to travel to her place and be interviewed by the teenager. I thought, that’s a great thing to do for someone.
Now, the only thing that was a little bit difficult is that she is fairly far from my home. It took me about an hour and 20 minutes to drive out to her place. But you know, I just thought, it would be really nice to help this person out. So, I went out there and we did the interview and it felt really good.
This young girl was very appreciative and it was nice to be able to give back and help others who are trying to break in to the business.
Because sometime it is easy to be so entrenched with what we are doing that, sometimes we take some of our knowledge for granted. When you do step back a little bit you can see that it can be very hard and complicated for other people who are just trying to break into the industry. There are a lot of questions that people have about the industry.
Also, people need real industry experience in order to improve and help them reach their goals.
So, even though I spent a good part of the day between travelling back and forth, doing the interview, talking with her, and giving her some ideas and suggestions, still, it was really nice day.
So, if you do get a chance, please try to help other people, even if you have a limited amount of experience in the industry. There’s still a lot of information that you can share.