Acting & Network Marketing

Pay It Forward

Kevin Spacey is one of my FAVORITE actors. Of course, I’m not sure I’ve really run into anyone who thinks he’s a bad actor. And it was just the other day I happened to be watching “Pay It Forward”. There is a scene where Haley Joel Osmond is explaining the “pay it forward” principle, and I’m watching him explain “three people helping three people who each help three people….” Such a simple, easy principle that can change the world.

What hit me like a ton of bricks, however, was the fact that in that diagram, I was looking at the core of the Network Marketing business model – 3 who help 3 who each help 3, and so on. Now I will fully admit that I like the network marketing business model. That statement does come with a HUGE qualifier, however, in that I like the business model with the RIGHT company and the RIGHT product. I will fully admit there are a lot of network marketing scams out there, but there are also a large number of highly reputable, and legitimate opportunities out there. I think it’s an excellent way for the average person to do extraordinary things – both personally and financially.

Similarities with the Pursuit of Acting

So I started thinking…and what I came up with became obvious: The personality type and character traits that it takes to succeed in acting are the SAME personality and character traits that it takes to succeed in network marketing. They actually go hand in hand. Let me explain:

  1. You must invest financially in yourself.
    You must pay your own way and invest in your career.  You do this by getting the best headshots you can, high-quality reproductions, top-notch acting classes, professional marketing material, casting sites subscriptions, postage for mailings, gas to get to auditions, wardrobe, and so much more.  We do it because acting is our desire, it’s what we WANT to do. Network marketing is exactly the same.  You invest, financially in starting your own business with the same goal as acting – to make money.
  2. There are no guarantees. 
    In acting, we spend all that money, what can amount to thousands of dollars, but have no guarantee that we will ever be successful.  And like acting, network marketing, as with any business, does not come with a guarantee.  However, I will say that your chances of being a success in the RIGHT network marketing company are higher than this crazy business we calling acting.  The key is finding the right network marketing business for you.
  3. You must actually WORK at it.
    As actors, the odds are a million to one that a casting director is going to pull you off the street, with no experience, and cast you in the leading role of a big budget feature.  You have to WORK at your career.  You start off small, usually working for free (student films, etc) to build your resume.  Hopefully, you progress not only up the ladder to bigger and better roles, but bigger and better paychecks.  And you have to work at it.  We take classes, we practice our cold reading, our auditioning, everything we can to become better actors.  I’ll tell you right now; you put the same effort into the right network marketing business, and you’ll be so successful, that you’ll have the money you need coming in, to not worry financially about pursuing your dream of acting – which is always the biggest hurdle and speed bump for actors.
  4. We want residuals.  
    Every actor wants that big commercial.  Why?  It’s not the huge session fee you get for shooting as they usually aren’t that huge.  It’s the residuals.  It’s getting paid for every time that commercial airs, which can be in the tens of thousands with the right spot.  That is EXACTLY what network marketing is about.  Residuals are nothing more than getting paid over and over again for something you did once.  It’s that way for acting, and it’s that way for network marketing.  Otherwise referred to as leveraged income.
  5. You must have a good product.  
    I’ve already mentioned it a couples times, but if you don’t have a good “product”, then you won’t make any money.  It makes no difference if that “product” is your acting chops or something tangible you can sell.  So always make sure, in everything you do, HAVE A GREAT PRODUCT!!!!!
  6. You thrive on the unconventional. 
    Let’s face it.  To be an actor, you are most definitely NOT one of those people who must have the consistent 9-5, clock-in clock-out, job.  We love odd schedules, shooting for long hours, and having a job that is never the same twice.  Again, network marketing is exactly the same.  You choose when you work, how you work, and what you do.  I would even venture to say you have MORE freedom in network marketing than we do as actors.  But both also tied down to the fact that we eventually want the BIG PAYCHECK, and still be able to kick it on the beach whenever we want.  Here’s the kicker with network marketing though.  You can actually conduct your business sitting on the beach. How cool is that?

One Final Note

One last thing to consider with respect to network marketing.  It truly is one of the only things you can do that will work itself around the insane schedule we keep as actors.  Network marketing is fine with you leaving with two hours notice for an audition.  Network marketing is fine with you taking the next three days off, at the last minute, because you heard those magical words: “You booked”.  Network marketing doesn’t make you get up early to be at “your job” at a specific time even when you pulled an all night shoot.

So the bottom line is that the same things that drive you to pursue and become successful in acting, are the same things that will make you successful in the field of network marketing.


2015 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 240 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

So much has happened, that I’m gonna get right to it…

(archived Wednesday May 25 2011)

-Booked a national 5 Hour Energy Drink Commercial which shot in Detroit last month
-Shot a how to video for Party City which will be airing nationally, in stores and online
-Trailer for the feature film I shot in Chicago last Fall, Jamie and Jessie Are Not Together aired on the LOGO Network
-Invited by Second City Chicago to audition for their touring company
-Working personally with renowned publicist Nicole Nassar
-Uploaded Improv video’s from my time at iO Chicago

Whew! Ok, time to breathe….but wait! There’s more!

-Jamie & Jessie will have its world premiere in San Fran on June 18th at the Castro Theater
-Jamie & Jessie will be at Outfest in July!!
-My agency merged with Venture IAB so as of June 1st, I will be represented by them!

Have a nice long weekend!!!

Well, it didn’t happen in 42, it happen in 44…


(archived Wednesday, March 23, 2011)

Days, that is.  If you remember from my previous entry I said  I was challenging myself to book a job in 42 days. No job was to big or to small.  So when the 42nd day arrived, I was a little bummed by all of my hardwork and no booking. But then the phone rang on Tuesday and it was Chuck telling me I booked the Party City gig I had auditioned for last week! 

Now, this job was not something I was targeting (by doing drop offs and mailing post cards) but it was a job, and actually it was a BIG job because it was a NATIONAL job! I booked a viral video/instore video with maybe a chance of it being a commercial showing parents how Party City helped me “create the perfect” birthday party for my little one.

The shoot was great, and everyone was extremely friendly and great to work with. I was actually pretty impressed with Party City and all the stuff they had for parties of any age.  I’ll keep you posted on when it arrives.

Happy Hump Day! xoxo

(to the tune of “3 is a magic number from SchoolHouse Rock) Oh, 44, is the magic number….

Best Websites to get GREAT Deals!!!!

(archived post Tuesday, February 22, 2011)

Everyone’s looking for a deal, so I thought I would share some of the BEST places to get a deal on virtually anything in the city you live in.
For $2 every time you get the deal.  Only $2!!!

Happy saving, and post me what you find! Or if you have other sites not listed here, please post them!


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