How’s it going? Hope you’re having an awesome week. I was browsing Facebook, and I noticed something interesting a friend of a friend posted. It’s pretty big, actually. Based on things she’s posted and other things friends have told me about her, she’s been pursuing acting for quite a while now, as something she’s wanted to do.
Well, I have to admit I don’t know what to say other than to blurt it out:
She’s landed a role in a movie, but not only that, she has her own page on the Internet Movie Database.
I found it over here, after she shared it over Facebook.
It’s pretty amazing–acting is something a lot of people want to do, but don’t have the guts or persistence to actually carry out (similar to writing, in a lot of ways).
Which got me thinking…
Acting and writing are very similar–especially with fiction writing and email writing/copywriting.
How so? Glad you asked.
Depending on the type of writing, both paths involve a lot of rejection. And I don’t mean the type of writers who are paid on a regular basis (journalists, news writers, or what-have-ya–much, much respect to those guys and gals). I mean the freelance type–people who, if they write and market their work, don’t get paid. It’s true that every “no” inches you closer to “yes,” but that still involves barreling through a lot of nos. A LOT of them. Which means a lot of perseverance is involved. Which leads me to…
Secondly, both paths involve marketing. For actors and actresses, that means seeing who’s issuing calls for which roles and where, and answering those calls, trying to earn a spot. For writers, it’s a similar thing–submitting manuscripts for fiction–or if you write copy, passively and actively marketing to get clients (or, which is a subject for another post, creating your own books/products, and getting the word out about them). And…
Thirdly, they both involve a lot of characterization. That’s why actors and actresses study the script, the role, and what-have-ya (and have their own lingo that they throw around–don’t ask, I don’t know it). For fiction writers especially, characterization is important. And actors and fiction writers are after the same thing–finding out what they can do to make sure that people CARE about their fictional character (or how to bring life and personality to the role they’re playing, if it’s movies we’re talking about).
For me, having characters that people cared about was a huge problem, and something I’m working through. And I really do mean to say I didn’t care about those early characters. And if I didn’t, I knew nobody else would. (Which speaks to making sure you’re excited about the fiction you’re writing/movies you’re acting in. There’s drudgery in most jobs, but if you can start with the creative/inspirational spark of enjoyment, you’ll go further than having to drag your feet everyday).
And for you email writers out there, you’ll also be characterizing your clients, or if you do your own products, yourself. You’ll also make a huge impact by characterizing your market–the people you’re writing to that your product helps.
It helps to know or find out what makes you, you. It may sound lame, but it is key, and it may take some time. Same for your prospects and clients.
I know I’ve said it before, but the next time you’re stuck, start with characterization. It’s not everything, but it is a huge piece of the puzzle.
Until next time,