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Act­ing Is an Art, Actors Are a Business

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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