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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!!!!!
- 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.