International Worldstars Association

The Business of Acting – you are a business, and you need a business plan.

It is important to set goals, create and execute tasks, and have accountability. You are your own boss.

 In January, I require all my students to participate in an intensive workshop where we face our demons, set goals, and put ourselves into action. For some it can be an extremely confrontational experience, as just training the craft is not enough. You need to make business decisions and take business actions. I start the conversation with each actor assessing the past year and evaluating where they are in their career.   I made a checklist to complete and review. Based on the results it can give you a perspective of what areas are strong and what needs to be improved. Here it is for you to check on yourself. 

Actor Evaluation Checklist

Rate yourself 1-5 (5 being best) 

1. Training

a. Emotional Preparation ______

b. Audition skills with script in hand ______

c. Commercial auditioning skills ______

d. On Camera auditioning ______

e. Memorizing Lines ______

f. Working with a scrip in hand ______

g. Script Analysis ______

h. Improv skills ______

 

2. Experience

a. Performing on Stage ______

b. On Camera ______

c. Auditioning ______

d. Voice Over ______

e. Improv ______

f. Play Readings ______

 

3. Credits

a. Web series ______

b. Theater ______

c. TV ______

d. Student Films ______

e. Other/ Industrial/ training videos etc ______

f. Commercials ______

g. Print ______

h. Modeling ______

i. Voice Over _____ _

 

4. Headshots

a. Look one ______

b. Look Two ______

c. Look Three ______ 

 

5. Film Clips (30 sec to 1.5 min)

a. Look one ______

b. Look two ______

c. Look three ______

 

6. Web presence

a. IMDB ______

b. Personal Site ______

c. Other locations ______

 

7. Your network

a. Casting director relationships ______

b. Director relationships ______

c. Producer relationships ______

d. Theater connections ______

e. CD Workshops ______

 

8. Representation

a. Agent ______

b. Manager ______

c. Now Casting ______

d. Actors Access ______

e. Casting Frontier ______

f. LA Casting ______

g. Other ______

h. Union member ______

 

9. Personal Promotion

a. Writing ______

b. Developing project ______

c. Personal Project ______

d. One person show ______

e. Theater group ______

f. Web series ______

g. Stand up ______

h. Other – List ______

 

If there is anything else you find pertinent for your career that serves you, list them. __________________________________________________

How did you do? It’s a chance to see what is strong and what needs work?

It’s important to evaluate yourself, your progress, and what needs to be worked on. Self-evaluation for actors is important to do from time to time. 

I wish you a successful, productive year ahead.

Fran Montano