When you have talent, do you still need to fit in to find work?
Social values in the entertainment industry.
When I was just starting to make a living from my talent, I thought that my talent alone would be enough to find work. That just being a good artist would ensure that I would be re-hired or have my contract extended. Well, I was wrong! At the time I didn’t understand how important social values are. But it’s the same in this business as everywhere else. The kinder you are and the more positive you are, the more points you score with the people who hire you. But even more importantly, your positive energy is contagious; it can lift the spirits of the entire team and can improve group cohesion. It’s a valuable source of energy that producers appreciate. During a show, don’t forget that you have a single mission: entertain your audience!
Cronyism in the entertainment industry.
I have to say that I hate “cronyism”. I can’t stand trying to make the producer laugh just so they’ll like me. I also have to admit that I’m not very good at it. But after seeing people do it time and again, I have to admit that it does work sometimes. It’s human nature, that’s how it goes, and good for those with that kind of talent.
Producers are busy trying to manage finances, marketing, security, scenography, laws, pay, finding talent, etc. If you’re a difficult artist or you often make visible mistakes on stage, or even if you’re hard to deal with off-stage, you’ll not only have a hard time fitting in, but you won’t have your contract extended or be re-hired (see my free guide, “5 fatal mistakes that pros no longer make”). Producers are constantly analyzing potential problems in their business. As a result, they have developed a special ability: “their brains are programmed to eliminate problems!”
I hope you enjoyed this article. 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?