The Way to Become a Successful Actor

You want success as an actor so bad. You’ve sacrificed so much, chose the road less travelled, and have dedicated your life to cracking this industry and being a working actor. And it’s really hard. Beyond the Olympic-level training and relentless hustle required to compete, you have to constantly steel your insides so that you can keep suiting up every day and facing this mountain that looms before you.

We see your drive, your constant fight. We see the way you bounce back from the rejection, or even just pretend that it’s not getting to you. We see you in class every week, ready to get back in the gym to do bold work. We see you in the audition room, struggling to fight through your nerves with strong choices that offer your vulnerability. We see you. You’re a fighter. We get it.

And while we honor your resolve, we also know that in order to be a successful actor, it is imperative that you create space in your life and your work. Your entire life can’t be about the pursuit and the fight. As counterintuitive as it may feel for you to ease up on the pursuit of your goal and to step back, doing just that is the fuel required to maintain confidence, keep the bitterness at bay, and allow your talent to pour out of you with ease.

Here’s what we know about being a successful actor: Investing time and money into your craft and career while not engaging in deep self-care is like trying to drive an expensive car with no gas in the tank. You can train all you want, go to every casting director workshop in town, and hustle, hustle, hustle, but if you aren’t doing the work of caring for your mind, body, and soul, and nurturing your love of the work, you’re sunk. You will succumb to the kind of self-doubt, bitterness, and self-sabotage that kills an acting career. Sadly, we see it every day.

We created the all new, free 10 Day Actor’s Challenge: Letting Go to give you an opportunity to be a successful actor by engaging in meditation, writing, connected movement, acting, and giving every day for 10 days—the five elements that, when practiced consistently, lead to personal and career success, to getting out of your own way, and letting your talent shine. You deserve to feel the elation of being a whole, happy actor. And during this new challenge we want you to focus each of those five elements towards letting go of anything that gets in your way, that weighs you down, that keeps you from being your best, brightest, boldest self in the audition room, on stage, on set, and anywhere else in your life.

The business isn’t capable of nurturing you. It has neither the time nor the interest. You have to learn how to take good care of yourself, to be kind to yourself. You have to do the work of clearing your mind, body, and soul of all the clutter so when it’s time to reveal the full force of your creative talent—the thing that actually leads to success—you’re ready, willing, and able.

Who will you be when you’ve let go of everything that’s in your way?

Join us for The Free BGB 10-Day Actor’s Challenge: Letting Go. Sign up here now and commit to yourself for 2016!

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Risa Bramon Garcia
For the past 40 years, Risa has worked as a director, producer, casting director, and teacher. Having directed two features—including “200 Cigarettes”—she has also directed for TV and dozens of plays in New York and Los Angeles. Her casting résumé includes more than 80 feature films and shows, and includes “Desperately Seeking Susan,” “Fatal Attraction,” “JFK,” “The Joy Luck Club,” “The Affair,” “Masters of Sex,” and the original “Roseanne.”
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Steve Braun
Steve Braun is an L.A.-based acting coach and communication consultant. Over his 15-year career, he has starred in movies and has been a series regular on television shows. He is also an acting teacher and coach.
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