As an actor, what would you do if you got a raise or a new job that netted you an extra $1,000 each month? Or $2,000 each month? Or what would you do if suddenly you were able to start freelancing and earning an extra $2,000 per month without spending too much extra time?
I know what I’d do… the first month I’d go out and spend it on something fun. And then I’d start being boring and stick most of it into an investment account and let compound interest start working over the long run.
So that I could retire a multimillionaire and drive around in a Lamborghini or something crazy haha!
Although who knows… I might cave and spend it right now on a bigger apartment or something - NYC apartments are just way too small, especially for my husky Dakota.
Well let’s talk about this $1-2k per month. Have you heard anyone talking about “providing more value?”
It’s the new catchphrase.
But what does it even mean? Why is it that if I provide more value, I’ll start getting paid more?
Basically, providing more value means making yourself indispensable for whatever production you work with (or company/client/etc.). In other words, making yourself indispensable. It means going above and beyond the call of duty by giving people more than they ask for - while making sure that what you’re doing is actually useful/helpful to them.
I could go above and beyond for you right now by sending you emails with some awesome business marketing strategies I teach to small business owners, but if you’re an actor who doesn't have his/her own business, it will be useless to you and I’ll just be wasting your time.
It’s important to understand what you really want from your work as an actor. In general, if you want to be paid more, you need to consistently do a better-than-expected job on set and think of ideas to make the team even more productive. These are the types of things that will get you noticed and ensure the director wants to work with you again in the future.
Spend one hour this weekend thinking about how you could become indispensable to the productions you work on. What can you do that the director will find a ton of value in - or in other words, what can you do that will help the director? Can you help her save money or time somehow? Can you offer to take on-set photos or video for free?
If you figure an answer to this and begin taking steps to start providing that value, you’ll put yourself in a place where you’ll be ready to move to the next level in your acting career because you'll start building demand and good word of mouth for yourself.
And sooner than you think, you actually WILL be asking yourself, what should I do with this extra $1-2k each month??
Leave a comment and let me know what you come up with. I always try to respond! 🙂
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