I really wanted a ticket to “Hamilton,” the hottest show on Broadway. Who wouldn’t want to see a Pulitzer-prize winning, 16-time Tony nominated, pop culture phenomenon? With ticket prices exceeding $800 each and limited availability until 2017, one would think it would be impossible to score a reasonably priced ticket in any section—let alone one that doesn’t require binoculars. The other day I walked up to the box office and asked when I could purchase a normally priced ticket without the “tourist surcharge.” Two minutes later, I walked away with an orchestra seat in my hand for $199, and only a month away. My friends were dumbfounded wondering how I got so lucky. “It wasn’t luck,” I responded. “I just asked.”
What is it you want? To star in a television series? To be in the ensemble of a Broadway musical? To sign with a good agent? To be a working actor who makes enough to live without five side jobs? Whatever it is you desire, use the following four simple concepts to make it happen.
1. Figure out what you want. What is your intention? Some actors say they just want to work. Work how? Work where? Doing what? Be specific. Do you want a leading role in a series or will you be content with occasional day-player work? Do you want to work in the theater, or on TV and in films? How about a career in voiceovers or commercials? All of the above? The more clearly you define your vision—your intention—the more likely you are to make it a reality. Then, write it down and read it every day to keep it top of mind.
2. Believe you will get what you desire and clear the path. After specifying what you want in detail, ask yourself if you are open to receiving the things you desire. Often, we have beliefs that conflict with our goals, and thus they become obstacles. Look inside and identify your own biases. What assumptions do you have that block you from believing in your ability to have what you want? Some actors think they have to get into shape before they can audition; others think they need more formal study or to lose their accent. Nobody knows what the future will bring, and imagining something that does not serve your purpose is a pitfall to be avoided. Do not allow yourself to be restricted by such limited thinking. Instead, challenge every idea that isn’t aligned with the new reality you are creating. Eliminate negative influences and build your conviction that you will succeed. Believe that your goals are attainable, and they will be!
3. Ask for it. Speak your intention out loud. This is crucial. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Once you make a decision the universe conspires to make it happen.” That is because we are able to clearly communicate our desires to others, and others generally want to help. Letting people know how you want to be helped empowers them to offer you assistance on your journey. It may not seem easy at first, but you will soon find that people welcome the opportunity to help, and that you have a bigger team of supporters than you’d imagined!
4. Take action. Do what you need to do to manifest your intention. Talk to people about your vision. If I want to find my soulmate, I need to leave the house and meet people. If you want to be a working actor, continue to study, update your pictures and résumés, work on a demo reel, and go to auditions. Enlist the help of outside sources if need be, such as coaches, therapists, and teachers. Create a list of the steps you need to take in order to reach your goals, and start taking those steps today.
Remember, I said these four tips are simple, not necessarily easy. With practice, though, these simple practices will prove to be among the easiest and most powerful tools you have in life.
Master your craft, empower yourself, and enjoy the journey.
This article is reposted here with permission from Backstage.com.