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Artist: the beginner’s mistake!

In show business, it’s not unusual to come across someone who could hire you, such as a producer or a talent agent, and you have to jump at the chance to talk to them. The hard part is that you may only have a few seconds or a few minutes to speak, but that’s no excuse for making a beginner’s mistake.

When you present yourself, never say: I’m a professional artist. This word is counter-productive. If you say this, you’re making a big mistake. The person you’re talking too will immediately understand that you’re justifying yourself and that you’re inexperienced. Just say “I’m an artist”, or “I’m a circus artist”, etc.

Imagine that you’re sick and looking for a doctor, and the one you visit says to you, “I am a professional Doctor”. Personally, I would get out of there as quickly as possible! It’s exactly the same thing in your case. If you ever say that to a producer, they’ll be very amused! 🙂

I hope you enjoyed this extract. Tom Shanon

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What’s inside : How to successfully approach a producer or talent agency? What is the worst mistake people make?  How do I talk about my talent?  What are the traps to avoid when talking about my talent? Why do inexperienced artists make the mistake of justifying themselves? Is providing a video the best solution?  What should I put in my video? What are the traps to avoid when providing a video? How can I get the producer to extend my contract or hire me again? What is the top priority for producers? In what ways do talent disappoint producers? How many shows a day can an artist perform in a month? What does it mean to “mess up” your performance? How can I win a producer’s trust? How can I give the best possible performance?