by Glenn Kalison.
Acting is an art, and most accomplished actors speak of their “craft” as one of creative expression. That is no less true today than 20, 50, 100 and 1000 years ago. But the most successful actors and other types of performers also think of themselves as a business. This is because an actor ultimately must have a valuable and high-quality product, must deliver to a client’s expectation, and must manage cash inflow such that there is a profit when the show is over.
To a performer who is just starting out, this might seem like a distant need. But in fact anyone who plans to earn their living in movies, television or on the stage should consider their business objectives while attending a school for acting. The following tips are among those we teach at the Acting & Film School at the New York Film Academy. It includes advice that can carry you from the earliest stages of your career through to retirement (if you ever in fact do plan to retire?–?many actors don’t):
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