"With forecasting in New York. How are you? I hope you haven't ever really really good day. Today's episode recalling habitual success. We're talking about those things things that you can do to become more successful and I'm GonNa give you some tips some hints and some suggestions on how to do all of that in just a moment but this moment in the podcast where I say. Thank you so much for listening to casting actors gas if your first time is now listening to gassing actors cast and welcome. I'm glad that you're here. It's quite a community of actors and performers who have written to me who are participating in this great experiment and and I had no idea that the success of this would go grow as as a amazingly as it has and we don't have any sponsors on this podcast. I'll I try. Yeah to do is provide as much interesting content that you can find useful as possible. All I ask in return is that you give me a thumbs up a like giving me a a review is great in other words. Get the word out to those people who might benefit from this podcast. It would mean so very very much to me. Also I want to kind of promote the website site casting. ACTRESS CAST DOT COM. There's some freebies they're based on pod previous podcast. There's also a downloadable. PDF book called conversation pieces out of the studio. The Voice of a workshop for professional actors that I wrote a few years ago. So if you're interested in voiceover work all you have to do is fill out the dive into the talent pool form contact information by the way all of that information stays private. I don't sell it. I don't do anything with just helps me feel revitalized allies. Who Good Word and continue to want to do these podcast? So your feedback to me is equally helpful as my help help to you is. I hope I doing these podcasts. So thank you very much for that habitable success so I guess the premise of today's podcast asked his really about getting into good habits. That can really help you. And one one of the good habits that I think is taking a look at what what do successful actors do with their time. How do they become successful? What sort of choices did they make in their careers careers that help them blossom into the successful performer actor that they are now? And so that's the way I want to approach today's podcast You know the seven habits of successful people kind of thing but this is the seven habits of successful actors that we're GonNa be talking about and what I I think is so vital to this conversation today. It's the word integrity and unfortunately or fortunately however you WANNA look at it. Integrity seems to matter only to those that. Have it think about that and so I would love for you to to be an actor of integrity and integrity means that you're making really good choices based on your own personal interest in your own instincts instincts but also the community at large. Are you taking on jobs. Are you taking on the craft of acting in the areas is in which you want or are you starting off in a different area hoping to grow into a career. No matter what having integrity can can I think make a substantial difference to the way you approach a lot of the work. So let's talk about that one of the things I think I see of not see. I definitely see in successful actors is that they do their research. And that means that if they're given an audition or they're sent a script that the actor doesn't just simply read the script and decide if this is something that they would like to do or not they do the following. If it's a film script they'll find out who the director is. They'll do some research on the director. They'll do some research on the writer. They're going to invest in when they read the script. The style of writing that is taking place in the script. Are there other scripts types of like style that the actor can relate to in other words not just reading the script or reading your scenes in the script to see if this is something. You want to audition for it really is a matter of investing a little bit more so that you have information because information is power and the reason why you WanNa do that. Additional research is twofold one when you end up meeting with the director or the producer or the casting being director. Then you've done that kind of research. You can hold a conversation about project and that builds your confidence confidence. That means you're not walking into a meeting blind what. CEO of a company would walk into a meeting without having any substantive information on the background of what that meeting is about any successful person would have definitely definitely done their research. And so. That's what I'm asking of you so integrity has to do with your ability to have a responsible conversation nation with those people who are in the business and can be of helped to you. So the successful actor does research on the director the writer of the casting testing director. And that really I like I said can reinforce a lot of those positive values and you can feel good about yourself. I also think another way in which actors can have the strength of character and integrity is to prepare yourself appropriately for the work. I know that there are a lot of really really talented actors out there and I think a lot of times the actors are relying on their past experience. And what they've done in the passed to get through an audition or to be considered for a role and there's value in that and I understand that but consider the successful. The actor who really does a lot of preparation for the work. So it's not just reading the script and then coming in and reading the script for for the casting director or the producer or the director it is really understanding all of those parameters that can help you get and make educated decisions and choices within the character. My mentioned this a little bit earlier but when you read a new play for example figuring out or screenplay figuring out the style of writing you could say to yourself gosh this has a kind of a star wars quality to it that it feels like. There's the sci fi adventure kind of feeling to it. Well you know what maybe it'd be a good idea to watch star wars again. I've no you've seen at once. What's but maybe if you're reading a script that has a similar tone? Maybe by watching a similar tone in another film project will help you in in your audition and you can see why right I mean the the style of acting is coming from the style of writing and and when you have that information you can there for be more confident and more prepared for your audition or perhaps let's say it's a television vision project. Maybe it's a kind of a funny comedy taking place in the fifties. Well you know maybe watching Mrs Mazel would be really great. Hi Dea to sort of get you into the flavor of that particular script if you're reading and you're asked to do some work from particular playwright they right then. Wouldn't it be a great idea to try and read as much of the writing of that playwright as possible so getting a hold of that additional material you you see it's going another layer or two deep into the work that will help develop your confidence and also make you feel more secure in the audition choices that you make another thing about integrity that I find really fascinating and this seems to be happening more and more and I was talking to to a responsible person at the Seattle Repertory theatre just the other day and we were both commenting on how many times actors have accepted jobs and then pulled out at the last minute. They decided that it wasn't for them or they've decided that something better has come along and so they don't WanNa make the commitment meant that theater project and I'm talking kind of a little bit more about theater today in reference to that although we've had some feature films where the actor who said Yes to doing the film has now suddenly decided that they don't like the choices or they don't care for the changes that have taken place into this in the script. And so therefore. Therefore they're withdrawing themselves from the project you know what's amazing is that this seems to be happening more and more and I'm trying to figure it out I'm trying to figure out why is that what's happening out there. That is making actors initially want to play or commit to a project and then decide tried to pull out at the last minute. Now my thinking is that something better has come along and I understand that if you are committing to a play at a regional theater and that's an eight week commitment and the money isn't as great as it would be if you did a one week on a television series. Then a lot of actors would sort of leave that commitment for the theater in order to do that one week of TV series because they're are in town because they don't have to live out of a suitcase you know those sort of considerations now the argument could be made that that's just the nature of the beast streit. However I would ask you to really consider once making a commitment to a project? How committed are you really now this part of me and this may be old fashioned jeff talking but there's part of me that thinks once you make a commitment to a project you've made that decision Asian already so that other influences can come in? But you've made your decision. Now maybe your agent or manager is saying you know no what you shouldn't theater. It's not very it's not a good part or it's not helpful to you doesn't do anything for your career where I can get you a TV series Being a a supporting guest star on a TV series That would be so much better for your career. Well could and couldn't it could be more money right. It could be more money for the agent or manager. Yeah that's probably true but on the other hand maybe the role at that regional theater is something that will help you develop and grow as an actor. Maybe the relationships Schumaker with those fellow cast members in regional theater setting or that director could blossom into something so you just don't know and and being in control of those choices and keeping yourself malleable to the next best thing might not always be be the best first choice so when you make a commitment make that commitment as solidly as you can and then be thrilled and happy with the choice that you made that live with that choice that to me is what develops integrity. And that's what I think is a value.."