"Stuart has been a mentor of mine for over eight years, and it's no coincidence that soon after studying with Stuart, I started booking commercial work, and have consistently done so since. His class teaches practical tactics and techniques that you can wrap your brain around, practice, improve on, and then implement in your auditions. Plus, Stuart is one of the most supportive, empowering and insightful people I've come across in Los Angeles. That's why I continue to study with him these many years later, continuing to work on and improve my approach based heavily on his guidance."
Red Lobster Spokesman and IHOP
Once a day an actor or actress tells me, “I can’t get an agent” or “I can’t break out of my slump”.
Are you kidding me? If recent history has taught us anything, it’s that anything is possible if the will is strong enough. By saying “I can’t”, we give ourselves an excuse not to succeed. I’m not saying the challenges aren’t mind numbingly tough. Believe me, I know. But if this career is what you truly want, and you won’t be happy without it, what choice do you have but to press on and find your dream?
The actors who say “No agent will sign me”, I ask “How many have you asked”?
The response usually is: “Well, I mailed to fifty of them”. So, you didn’t get “no” for an answer. You got a non response, which is a “yes” waiting to happen. All that’s needed is perhaps better pictures, stronger cover letter, a personal connection, some brilliant tape of your latest performance, a good word from a respected colleague, repeated attempts, or a combination of the above. How many wonderful relationships would have never come to be if one of the couple had given up after the first non response?
Come on! Get fired up and figure out what it is about you that will make money for that agent- and find a way to articulate it in the shortest time possible. Where is the money?
Once you believe there’s money there, and have the vocabulary or materials to represent that belief, then you can convince others. Yes, you can!
Make good things happen.
“If we don’t start, it’s certain that we won’t arrive.” – Unknown