In my blog, I will be answering questions I have received that I think would be interesting to many of you. Believe it or not, I get asked similar questions a lot. If there is something that you would like to know specifically about casting, please write to me by filling out the form here and hopefully your question will be selected. What is the most important ingredient to having a successful career? Energy and persistence conquer all things. – Benjamin Franklin When actors ask me this, I always tell them that the most important ingredient is persistence. If this is your dream, your passion and something that you just can’t live without, the key is not to give up. Every career has its ups and downs and reasons to abandon that goal. My advice is, write down those goals that you have right now and the way you feel about this career. It is something that you can always look back on if you need to get re-inspired. You must continue doing all the steps necessary to make it as an actor. No matter what someone tells you, “that it is too hard,” or “not many people make it as actors,” “it takes so long,” you must persevere. There are those naysayers who have given up on their own dreams and they tend to want you to join them. Being an artist is a tough business and you are often looking at rejection. The ability to stay focused and do the next step, takes persistence, patience, courage and the belief in yourself. If you are on the fence about taking an acting class, pursuing those singing or dance lessons, or shooting those new headshots, don’t waiver, just go for it. One of the most important aspects of being an actor is to be prepared for every opportunity that comes your way and make the most of it. Be prepared, work hard and get lucky. You may find that the more you do of the first two, the luckier you get. More careers have succeeded because of persistence than any other reason. Get in there and Persist, Persist, Persist!!