Hey Actor Boss,
This week's tip will help you edit your thank you card before you finalize it. If you're a screen actor curious about writing thank you cards, watch this video for another quick tip. There's a message below the video as well.
I pulled all of these hot tips into one epic blog post, so head over to The Absolute Best Follow-Up Etiquette Every Actor Should Start Using Immediately to get them all in one place.
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Hey Actor Boss,
Here is your vlog quick tip. Watch now if you're a screen actor that needs tips on writing thank you cards. There's an extra message below the video as well. :)
I combined these bonus thank you card tips into one big fat epic blog post called The Absolute Best Follow-Up Etiquette Every Actor Should Start Using Immediately. Pop over to that post now to learn all of the thank you card goodies that get me responses.
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I'll know I've truly "made it" when I'm no longer asked to bring my own clothes or do my own hair and makeup for a shoot, am I right?
But for most working actors, taking your own makeup and clothes to a shoot is part of the hustle for a while.
If you're ever asked to bring your own clothes to set or to a wardrobe fitting, then I want to share my secret weapon with you for easier traveling.
Showing up to set without looking or feeling stressed will make you more valuable to the production team.
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First, let's address three typical problems most actors have when bringing their own clothes.
WARDROBE PROBLEM 1
I want to point out that I love wooden hangers. My closet is full of the cheap ones from IKEA.
It makes everything look streamlined and sophisticated and reduces my plastic use.
However, wooden and plastic hangers are entirely way too bulky for travel.
Have you ever tried hanging three wooden hangers on your car's backseat hook, much less five?
Not worth it.
The same is an issue for the head stylist when you show up to wardrobe with ginormous hangers that they now need to fit on their already cramped clothing rack for your clothes that, quite frankly, they probably aren't even going to use.
Our clothes are just backup for the wardrobe team so they can forgo a trip to the store in the middle of a shoot.
WARDROBE PROBLEM 2
Let's pretend it's shoot day. You park twenty minutes before your call time so you can take ten minutes to collect yourself.
You're feeling good for being so prepared.
You get out of the car and grab your stuff including your wardrobe pieces.
While you're walking, you feel a strange sensation.
You look down, only to find that some of your pieces have fallen off their hangers--into a water puddle.
It happens, people.
Also, you don't have time to keep picking up clothes off the ground.
And you know they asked you to steam those clothes, so now they're wrinkled, and you look like a slacker even if you aren't.
Wooden and plastic hangers are not slip resistant.
WARDROBE PROBLEM 3
The last issue is something we don't think about until it's too late--shoulder bumps.
Are they fixable?
Do you have time to deal with them?
Neither does wardrobe.
Are you noticing a trend?
So far we've learned that we need to save everyone, including ourselves, time and stress.
MY SECRET WEAPON
I've talked a lot about hangers in this post.
My secret weapon is a pack of Joy Huggable Hangers.
These are $9 for a 10 pack. That's less than $1 per hanger. You have the money!!!
I also want to point out that you do not need more than ten hangers. You should not be taking that many options to set.
But these hangers will save your butt by eliminating all of the problems we just discussed.
Plus, they're way easier to carry.
Just last week I had to travel out of town and walked to set a few blocks away over water puddles galore after a thunderstorm, which is what inspired this post.
I panicked about my clothes sliding off, but quickly realized that's not a problem I have anymore.
I only use these hangers for my acting wardrobe to keep everything organized in my closet so I know exactly what to grab.
My work pieces are always ready to go sans shoulder bumps.
Seriously, you need these hangers.
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My thank you cards get thank you's, so I want to teach you how to write kick-butt thank you cards that make you more memorable.
After I sent my last thank you to my agent, she wrote back saying, "You're a JEWEL!"
Say what?! Nobody's ever called me a jewel before.
However, there are three common mistakes actors make when writing thank you cards, so let's make sure you're avoiding them.
That's assuming you're writing them. You are writing thank you cards, right?
MISTAKE #1: CARD BRANDING
What card designs are you naturally drawn to in the store?
Be intentional about finding thank you cards that fit your branding.
If you love bold geometric prints, then don't send a card with vintage florals that makes you want to vomit.
Pick something that represents YOU. If you love a design, but it doesn't say thank you on the front, that's ok!
Pickup every card design that grabs your attention in the store before narrowing down to your favorite.
MISTAKE #2: ASKING FOR SOMETHING
Thank you cards are about the recipient, not about you.
Please, please, please avoid passively or actively asking for anything in your card. For example, "I really hope we work together again."
This seems nice, and maybe you genuinely like the person you're writing to, but it places an unnecessary expectation on the recipient to work with you again or else be guilty of not liking you.
We want our thank you cards to make people feel appreciated, not guilty.
Focus on them, not something you want from them.
MISTAKE #3: TIMING IS EVERYTHING
A lot of actors don't write thank you cards, which is unfortunate.
We need to avoid looking ungrateful by never writing thank you's.
Remember that everyone in this business is working their tails off, and they may not get a lot of appreciation for it.
I've seen a teenager show her butt in a casting office to an established actor that she had mistaken for an admin because he volunteered to help the casting office on a very busy day.
(Even if he was an office admin, they work hard, too.)
On the flip side, we need to avoid looking desperate by writing too often.
Some actors = overkill.
There's no need to write a thank you to casting or your agent every single time you get called in for an audition. Save those thank you's for major events in your career.
So what SHOULD you do to write great thank you cards?
When I first started writing them, I felt like I could write to three different people, but say the exact same thing.
I've since learned how to personalize them in a way that makes the recipient feel appreciated and valued, and I want to teach you to do the same.
I had a director take the time to email a response to my thank you card and say that he'd love to work with me again. This works better than mailing out your headshots!
Check out my download Actor Boss Thank You Cards for my fill-in-the-blank thank you card templates that will help you personalize your cards in a way that builds a long-term connection. You'll also get a bonus on everything you need to know about including gifts.
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HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
My talent agency hosted a Q&A session with a casting director for their talent roster to attend. It was my first one!
However, I was shocked at a few things that happened. I've been pushing these tips for a few years now, but casting directors have been more vocal about these same issues since the release of the Clubhouse app.
This is a quick tips blog post to get you ready for group casting director Q&A sessions. These casting directors are sharing their very valuable time with us, so let's not waste it!
HEY ACTOR BOSS,
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