What Does it Take to ‘Make It’ in the Entertainment Industry?

What does it take to your foot in the door with the entertainment industry?

You need different marketable materials such as composite cards, headshots, resume, cover letter, professional photos and a portfolio. Most importantly you need to gain exposure! Exposure means getting your name and your face out there. With out your marketing materials there is no way that you can get the exposure needed in this industry.

Composite cards, short for comp cards, is a modeling resume. A comp card consist of having one headshot on the front which you want to be professional and amazing, because if the client doesn’t like the first photo they might not want to turn it over to the rest. The other side consists of 3-4 other looks. Your measurements and contact information is on the comp card as well. If the client is interested then you will most likely get a call to schedule an audition.

A headshot is an actor’s resume. When a client contacts your agent or talent rep. they breakdown the description of the project, the character, and always what the character looks like! In turn,  your overall look is very important! If the client is looking for an 18-25 year old Caucasian male, who is fairly tall and blonde, that is who they will book.

Your resume is what would be printed on the back of the headshot, which will show all the acting experience that you have had within the past 5 years. This way the client can see how much experience you have or how much training you might need. FYI: Cover letters can be a very professional way of showing that you are prepared, confident, and not trying to waste anyone’s time. It is an opening to show that you are serious and motivated for the upcoming project.

Professional photos are the most important marketable material in this industry. As mentioned before, you are always marketed by the way you look, so you always want to look your best.  Because this industry is so competative you always want to use the best options.

  • A high fashion photographer is completely different than a portrait photographer so you don’t want to mix them up.
  • To get your photos done the “right” way you must hire a high fashion photographer, a make-up artist, and a hair stylist.
  • You want to make sure that you are choosing the right clothing. Keep it diverse, show the client that you can play a sexy model, an athlete, casual restaurant patron, or a very formal role, as a cop or lawyer. Stay away from logos and remember that you want the client to look through your portfolio and say, “Wow, she photographs really well, and can be very versatile on set” not,  “Wow I love that dress.”
  •  Keep in mind that you are not marketing the clothing; you are marketing yourself so sometimes simple clothing is better.

Keep your head high and remember that it takes time to land a great role, but when you finally book something it is all worth it!

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10 Comments

  1. Wow!best opportunity of a life time wwe is my favorite TVs show and I watch it every time it come on and I am only 11 years old but I know some moves I always wanted to be a Roman reigns partner

  2. i wanna try out for tough enough 2016. on uTube look up Dangerous Minds “Jacob Hayes”vs.UnderGroundMafia PWE Tag team tounament semi finals for number one contender ship of the Pro Wrestling Evolution Television Tag Team Titles. R find some USACW live television show sometime late 2003 or early to midlle of 2005 Jerry The King Lawler vs. the USACW number one contender for the World Heavy Weight Championship. Jacob hayes makes his USACW day view against the pretty boy of the company “Sexy Rex”Rex Sexton. and just for the record during the mess up by sexton i was to nail the turn buckle chest first with no one at home feed around duck his cloths line and give him a spine buster for a count of two heel around just a sec pick him up get cut off take his spots and go home losing from a powerfull full nelson slam by the 260 pound sexton ok you’ll see another spot that didn’t make a lick of since he gave me a pump handle slam directly before the full nelson him with his size and momentum going for him didn’t have to second guess his power on a tired warn out Jacob Hayes just lloked like shit on his part and made us both look terrible on tv i was very upset and then the promoter called me in his office and shook my hand telling me hee respected my timing,thinking,and ability to fix all mest up spots before they were see’a’ble and thanked me for doing my best to carry and put over untalented opponent that they were very mistaken to be a vet and they apologized for nnot knowin his eight year experience dosen’t ad up to a correctly trained eight year veteran who is a magnificent ring general and definately to grade material he looks to be and just for the record had to be carried by a two year green horn who was really self trained until he and his upcoming partner Michael Flames met the mean and nasty HCP who didn’t necessiarly like the untrained green horns but respected there never give up attitude and loved there all sociable yet cold,hot blooded,piece of a heart and showed more want to learn and without any type of bitching are conplaining after six months of going form trion to rome and rome to dalton for hopefully five dollars to get just enough gaas to make it home lol damn i’m glad im done payin dues i got mmu f..k.n ass whiped with everything and the kitchen sink “literally” it hurt like hell and actually busted me open. conclusion i ran into my cousin And favorite worker Bobby Hayes also known as the butcher and if u still havin trouble figureing out just who that is look up butcher hayes vs.jake the snake roberts which was a television taping for Pro Wrestling Evolution,anyway Bobby took me under his wing and taught me the order of the ropes the importance to always tell a story regarless the psychology of and about the ring how to know perfect timing to be a magnificant general of the ring and just really helped me as for as popularity,integrity,heart,and enthusiasm and knowing what to do no matter what at all times he really and truly taght me how to make that ring and or by a matter of fact the hloe arena and everyone in it my own personal BITCH!!!! if u don’t like that lol, huh Deal With It!!!!

  3. Hi my Name is Dianne Richardson i a cosmetologist by profession and owner of a salon an Barbershop i would love to join your staff. u can contact me at 4046607206 Thanks

  4. Pls i want to b a moving actor & i have all it’s take to be the next moving stear like 007 & 2pac pls i believe in what i have all i need is just one change to show the world the new talent in me. I need motivation & opportunity pls. My name is motion b

  5. I really want to be on Nickelodeon . I am energetic and multi talented . I am going to apply and see if I get a call ! :) Thanxx for the tips !!

  6. If you are from Britain does that mean that you cannot apply for Disney auditions, because i do not know what a zip code is? I would really appreciate for the opportunity to be considered as i am a very passionate determined actress with lots of energy and positiveness!

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