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Channeling Friend’s Daily Offering – information taken from Life Readings Channeled through Friend since 1983 and edited for privacy

Success – I have actually made my goal in acting, but now I’m surrounded with people that want a part of me >said Actor to friend in a reading

Actor speaking to friend: I am very disappointed in the fact that I am unable to enjoy my new success. I have finally gotten a good part on a TV show that’s successful and I have made a couple of movies and life seems to have lots of different opportunities in front of me. But which to take? I have an agent, a publicist and a company that represents me, I have a business manager, a CPA, a nutritionist, a personal assistant, a wardrobe specialist, a hair and makeup guy. I have a cook that comes in and prepares my food twice weekly, household help to clean my home and water my plants, I have a travel person, a voice and speaking coach, an old teacher that gives me reviews of my work and a family that loves me but thinks the acting is an awful life. It has taken me 6 years to get to this stage in my life, I went from small apartment living with no acting and part time jobs to where I am today. I am so busy I can hardly make myself sleep, my days off are spent doing PR for projects or in meetings with my management team. Now what, who do I listen to, who is really there to help me, or are they all there-just to take some of my hard earned money?

Friend to Actor – Both, there are always people that make their living off of others and their interests are usually tilted to their own income, not your income. They do want you to be successful because they make more money, but they do not look at you as a person that they represent as much as a person that makes money for them to gain a percentage income.  That leaves you in trouble. Here are some ideas to help you with your success:

  1. Get average people to help you as much as possible. Your business manager and other money people take education and experience to make them successful, not stars. So look for those professionals in another city than the one you are living and working in at this time. I would look to San Francisco for your money city. They will have a large accounting company that has lots of experience and you can find this through word of mouth or by doing some research on your own on the Internet. Let this company handle your income and the money decisions. They will then overview what your management and PR staff is doing. It means you have people on your side looking over you. They will not be in the loop and have loyalties to others in your acting community. That is important-they will look at you as any other successful client with ideas that are more based in reality not in LA LA land thinking.
  2. Know that no matter how upset you are you do not talk to your close personal group of workers. Your assistant, your hair person, your wardrobe stylist are there to guide you and make your life easier. You want them to do that by being kind and considerate, but not sharing your inner personal feelings, relationships and so on. They will not be long time loyal friends to you, they will be with you when you can afford them and need them when that time ends, they will leave and use the information you have given them to work against you. So stay private; it is not true that any PR or scandal is better than none. That is untruthful. You have to establish the point that you are a good person that acts. Not that you are a messed up person that is paid to act. Set your own standard of living high, talk to your family and long time friends or a faith based mentor, not to gossip prone employees. They may feel like your friends because you are around them all the time, but that is not a truth, they are hired by you – not paid friends.
  3. Have a modest apartment/condo in your LA area to live while you work but have a home out of the town to enjoy real life. I would think a drive of 60-90 minutes out of LA would bring you to a place that you could buy a private home in a nice neighborhood that has a view or on a lake/water. That way you can take your time off to wander around as a regular person, go shopping, go to the grocery store, the coffee shop and enjoy being with everyday people. That keeps life real for you. Once out of LA you can really recharge and see your life and work from eyes of reality, instead of a swirl of fame. Plus you can continue to get ideas for your acting by talking to and watching real people in a real town.
  4. Ask yourself what you need not what you want or what is accepted in your field. You may think that a certain watch will make you look “in” or that a certain nite club makes you popular. But the truth is that who you are is what brings you fame. You have to stay real and relevant. So, set a budget for yourself and ignore all the push for silly things and silly events. This makes you wise and the really successful professionals in entertainment are the ones that are wise and have long lasting careers.
  5. Find three organizations that fit your interests to volunteer with your time and efforts. If you have little free time, spend it helping those that you care about, not running around to events that get your picture in the papers. Be someone that can dedicate time, energy and money to three groups and that intense impact will find you on top of lists of people to watch.
  6. Each time you go to another set look around and find the true professionals on that set. Introduce yourself to the man that has been a successful camera man or light person in many TV or movie projects. Ask them questions, get them on your side, work hard to impress the director and read other works from the writers. Introduce yourself to the actors that are working well, not with fancy names, let people know you are a person that is interested in the business of entertainment, not a flash in the pan that has a hit TV show. Some day one of them may use your name for a project that could change your life. Be kind, be wise and be interested in those around you. Do not get hung up on being important, concentrate on your own work and honor others around you that do a good job. Thank you cards or small thoughtful gifts to those that you work with and then leave for another project is always very smart.
  7. Force yourself to read scripts not have others do it for you. You may find a gem in the pile. Learn how to read fast, or read the first middle and end to get the feeling for the piece. If you are stuck with a pile of scripts and no time find honest help. Get a librarian or a college English or drama teacher to read them and take notes on them for your review. They will have talents and thoughts that you will find helpful. Your professional people will look at scripts and projects as which will make you the most money, not which will help you learn and experience and become a better actor that will work for years. Your goal is not a flash in the pan. How many hit TV show stars or boy band singers have to sell their big homes just to have money 10 years down the line? Learn from them, stay in reality and keep looking towards your next job.
  8. Looking and acting successful is important and you do that with your mind, not your group of helpers around you. You do not need silly friends that mean nothing, you need to be reading scripts, writing things yourself, coming up with ideas for your talents and resting to restore your health. That is how success will stay around you.

Actor to Friend- So, I should not be afraid to really be picky about my assistants that are around me? I know so little about success, I just thought that these people have done so much for others success that I should follow their advice.

Friend to Actor– What people have they helped? How long have they been in business, how long are the actors and performers that they represent been in business and how financially well set are they? You see you have to look at acting like any other business, you have a small window of success and that income has to be invested well for you to take that money on to your later years when work will be harder to find. You are like a dancer or sportsperson, you have a window of opportunity and then it will be over. So do not look at your work as a hay day and just to have fun. See it as a gift of a great job that you have to do at your best so you can go on to another project.

You can do this, you can listen to opportunities that come to you and take time to think them over. If you need more insight you can come back to me and I can review it with you.

Long life and working with all of the talents you have is success…you have so much in front of you, so keep looking ahead. You are too creative to find yourself without work, you need to lift up those wings and learn to do all things, from acting to directing, to teaching and writing scripts or project ideas, from investing in a business owned by someone as hard working as you are to developing your name into a brand and enjoy the world open to you.

Actor to friend – I always get honest insight when I have readings with you, thank you for that. Its good to know I can talk to someone that has no ball in the game and is just thinking about me. Thank you, I look forward meeting with you in person next month on my trip up north. I told you about the friend that wants to have an in-person reading with you, too.

Friend to Actor – I am proud of what you have done and how you are taking time to keep your feet on the ground even when you have so much success around you. I look forward to our next time together.

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