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When it comes to performance arts and show business there is no shortage of hungry and eager people looking to make it big. The bright lights, fame and celebrity status has an allure that attracts thousands, if not millions, from around the world who want to be the one in front of that camera, on that stage or behind the microphone. This creates a problem for many
and singers since there will be plenty of people out there who look like you, act like you and even sound like you. What you thought was unique to you is actually quite common and when it comes to making your name in entertainment you need to look deep within yourself and come up with ideas that will make you stand out from the competition.
Think of the famous actors and singers you admire. Chances are each one has cultivated a unique skill or style that sets them apart from everyone else. From Jack Nicholson’ psycho grin and Christopher Walken’s timely delivery to Bob Dylan’s unmistakable voice and Madonna’s ability to stop and change on a dime famous performers all have a trait or characteristic that makes them special. Sometimes inherited, other times created well known and successful performers know that they need something to make them different and if you want to make casting agents and directors remember you consider your abilities and how you can create a trait all your own.
Many times performers will establish their name by taking advantage of a perceived weakness. If you have a lisp, use it to your advantage for a specific role. If your voice is terrible try auditioning for the role of an over-compensating singer who can’t hit a single note but belts a tune out just the same. Remember, you may not get the role you are auditioning for but leaving a lasting impression with a casting director can lead to a future role in another play or film. Don’t be afraid to let your insecurities show since these traits are unique to you and if displayed properly can land you a spot in a commercial, stage production or movie.
Another good idea for aspiring actors and singers is to cultivate a look. David Bowie, Cher and even Lady Gaga all spent hours putting together a style that is truly their own and because of it each is an unforgettable performer that people around the world recognize instantly. This doesn’t mean you should outright copy performers you enjoy but take a cue from their playbook and learn how to style yourself so casting directors and agents will take notice. Being bland and ordinary is a great way to get lost in a stack of headshots and resumes but if you have a look that draws attention and is remembered you have a much better chance of getting a call back then someone who doesn’t.
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