Have unwavering faith. Not necessarily in your own abilities (though that helps), but just be completely dogged about not giving up. If you’re on the dole, like I was, and you have no money, and everybody is crying at you to go and ‘do something proper for a living’, it seems so unrealistic that you will EVER work as an actor.  But if it’s what you want to do, you have to fight and fight AND FIGHT AND FIGHT… and then carry on FIGHTING.

Mark Umbers

If it helps, I proudly stand by this work because I have taken on board my own advice as part of this process and lived out what I have commended. If it didn’t work, I binned it. If it worked, it’s been enshrined within these pages.

I want my readers to know that a real, live human being has tried and failed and succeeded through these things. These tactics aren’t high and lofty impracticalities. They are DOABLE and I vouch for that.

Separate the industry from the artistry. Your artistry is your own and not even The Big Bad Biz can steal that from you. Have the self-confidence to tread your own path. There is no right or wrong way to scale this mountain, but you owe it to yourself to do it as safely as possible and give yourself the best chance of making the summit.

By way of parting, I will leave you with the words of my dear teacher, mentor and friend, Dianne Eden. No matter what is thrown at you, remember:

You are enough.

Dianne Eden OAM