As an actor, it’s your responsibility not to just to memorize lines, hit your marks, and bring characters to life, but to also consistently network and meet as many people as you can.
If you’re committed to being the best actor you can be, I believe it's your moral obligation to make it as easy as possible for the right directors to find you and cast you in their projects.
I recently emailed out to some people in the industry to find out their professional opinion on what’s OK and what’s not when it comes to cold emailing industry professionals, and here are the responses:
My Take on Everything Above
I know there’s a lot of information in the quotes above, but I’d like to try to consolidate it down to five specific rules for cold emailing in this industry:
As a general rule of thumb, put yourself in the other person’s shoes. If you were them, doing the work they do and being as busy as they are, and you received an email from an unknown actor, what would make you smile or feel compelled to respond?
The more you can empathize with others and see things from their perspective, the more effective your networking will be. That leads to more opportunities coming your way.
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