Ignore the Haters and 4 Other Useful Tips

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Miss this great advice from our Backstage Experts? These five tips are sure to get you moving on the road to success.

IGNORE THE HATERS.
“If someone on the set is bothered by the time it takes you to make a quality adjustment, don’t give one single damn about them. Make a deal that you won’t stand over their shoulders annoyed by the pace of their work, and you’ll in turn dismiss any opinions they have about your creative process.” —D.W. BROWN

STOP COMPARING YOURSELF TO OTHERS.
“I’ve always thought that there is something violent about the comparing mind. It’s as if when we compare badly to someone it becomes OK for us to beat ourselves up. And if we compare well, it’s OK to beat them up. The truth is that we just are. If we could leave it at that, our internal and external worlds would be much happier places.” —CRAIG WALLACE

GET YOURSELF A GREAT MANAGER.
“Sending a client who is totally wrong for a project risks embarrassing both the client and the manager. Great managers will tell a CD or an agent who calls that they have no one who is right for that particular role instead of just sending out a body in order to get the client out on an audition.” —JACKIE REID

ACCEPT THAT YOU ARE ENOUGH.
“It will take some time to process and accept that you are enough, but you are. Get yourself into an acting class environment where you can explore that. Take all the pressure off yourself to be entertaining and interesting, and just focus on the story.” —SHAAN SHARMA

STOP SEEKING THE APPROVAL OF OTHERS.
“I remember how in my 20s, I would try to get people to whom I would defer my power to respond to me in some way. I was so desperate for their approval that coincidentally, my own desperateness was never going to get them to approve of me.” —ANTHONY MEINDL

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Anthony Meindl
Anthony Meindl is an award-winning writer-director-producer, creativity expert, inspirational speaker, and artistic director of Anthony Meindl’s Actor Workshop (AMAW) with studios in Los Angeles, New York, London, Sydney, and Vancouver.
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Craig Wallace
Craig Wallace is the creator and award-winning teacher of the Wallace Audition Technique, an audition preparation system that he developed based on his years of experience as a studio executive, talent agent, and casting consultant.
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Shaan Sharma
Shaan Sharma is a session director, on-camera acting teacher, and author of “A Session Director’s Guide to Commercial Acting in L.A.”
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Jackie Reid
Jackie Reid owns and operates L’il Angels Unlimited, a talent management company, which specializes in placing young actors in films, theater productions, commercials, print media, on television, and with voiceover work. Reid works extensively with agents in New York and L.A.
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D.W. Brown
D.W. Brown is an actor, writer, director, and studio co-owner and head teacher of the Baron Brown Studio in Santa Monica, California. Brown is also the author of the acclaimed acting guide “You Can Act” and a second book, “2500 Years of Wisdom: Sayings of the Great Masters.”
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