There is nothing more unattractive than ambition, but there’s nothing as attractive as conscientiousness. There’s an urban myth that crews hate actors. It’s not true. Crews, generally, love actors, otherwise they wouldn’t do that job. But if you go in as an ambitious starlet, ignoring everyone, making everything about you, they won’t like you. Go in and just try to do a really good job, and you will gain some respect. And they will help you; you’ve got to remember that there are an awful lot of people around, like best boys, who can make you look like shit on camera. I’ve seen it happen. It’s about mutual accommodationMatthew Horne
AMBITION is key and a crucial element of the long haul and it fulfils a role similar to that of a booster rocket which propels a satellite into space. It chews through a tonne of fuel, blasts you off the launch pad and hurtles you up and into the stratosphere. But then… it clicks off and detaches; completely spent.
So what do you want to be left with? A husk of a career that’s completely run its course? Or are you going to switch on the afterburners and start using your onboard self-regenerating fuel source: INTENTION.
Let’s ignore the ‘actor’ definition of intention. We’re talking about career longevity here, so let’s uselessly rebrand it with a cheesy smile and call it ‘Ambition Plus‘. It is the product of good mental health, your passion for your job, your goal setting and your self-discipline. And since we’re on the whole fuel tank analogy, think of your individual professionalism as the only thing that can effectively transport that fuel. Copy, paste and print the following:
Your professionalism will remain a gatekeeper to every ounce of talent you possess. Without it, you’re a great product with no end-game.TheLongHaul.com.au
You could be the most motivated and goal-oriented actor on the planet, but if you have the professionalism of a kindergartener, all you’re going to do is stall on launch gloriously.
We indirectly address professionalism across all the sections of this resource. Yes, you must act like a pro and you must plan like a pro. But you’ve got to treat people like a pro as well and that’s why this section is here. As actors we would do well to remember that, just because we work in front of a camera, we are no more important than any other person in our industry. I bet you could already name one or two individuals in your life who’ve already forgotten this. We are exceedingly small cogs in a very large machine. To illustrate the importance of this, your colleagues and I have created a list entitled THE ETERNAL COMMANDMENTS. These are tips that are so critical to your professionalism we believe you should read them before any gig. The information within is based off 150 interviews and many years of cumulative experience. Some of these points are blatantly obvious, but some are so subtle that the only way you could have discovered them would have been by breaking them accidentally! So copy these words down somewhere, print them off, add them to your journal, your wall or even tattoo them on your housemate if they’re supportive enough (and why shouldn’t they be…)