Showbiz requires a lot of purchases—headshots, classes and lessons, trainings—the expenses never end, which leaves you with little money to spare. Why is it then, that actors still make big purchases without doing their research first? Erin Cronican, professional acting coach, shares an example of this:
I was recently visiting a printer where I was getting reprints of my current headshot. I stood in line behind two women who were talking about the high price of being an actor. They were quoting all of the areas where they were being forced to spend money - headshots, acting classes, dance lessons, dialect training, voice teachers, casting director workshops, mailings ... on and on and on. One of the actors commented that she couldn’t print as many headshot looks as she needed, because she just didn’t have the money to spare.
When they got to the front, the person behind the counter asked them if they would like to order postcards along with their headshots, saying, ‘You’re already giving us your photo for your headshot, you might as well order postcards while you’re at it.“ The actor (who couldn’t print her full headshot set) said, ”I hadn’t really thought about it, but I guess you’re right. That would probably be easier to do it now.“ She then plucked down around $120 more to buy postcards... with no hesitation.
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So when you are approached with purchases that seem like they are worth it to your career, stop and do your research before you jump into anything. Save those dollars!