I had the pleasure of speaking with actor Jayson Williams whom you’ve probably seen on a variety of televison shows and commercials. He gave some common sense thoughts on things he wish he knew before he pursued his acting career. Take Note!
Check out a snippet of his credits… Jayson’s TV and Film credits include guest staring and supporting roles on White Collar, Law & Order, The Sopranos, NYPD Blue, Third Watch and Word of Honor (Staring Don Johnson of “Miami Vice.”)
He has also done principal work in numerous national commercials, some of which include Burger King, Subway, Lowes, Fed –Ex and KFC, along with stage work in various places.
HG: What are the top 3 to 5 things you wish you knew before embarking on your acting career?
Jayson: “First I would say most importantly, I wish i understood the business side of acting before I actually embarked.
As actors, we actively prepare ourselves for “Show Business,” but not the “Business of Show.” The Business of Show is, understanding how this business works and what is necessary, to achieve success, beyond natural talent.
Second I wish I would have learned a survival skill, that I could use to earn money while waiting on the next gig. One that keeps you free to audition, but paid at the same time. IE Being a DJ, masseuse or something of that nature. Once you get going in your career, its tough to go back and get that stuff done.
Thirdly, I would probably say I wish I learned that not getting a job is not an indictment on my skill level. Of course I know this now, after 15 years in the business, but when I first began I took every rejection personally. I learned to put those thoughts aside and realized that the fact that I was getting called back repeatedly means its not “me”…Its was just not “for me.”
HG: Thank you Jayson for your words of wisdom…I appreciate your time.
Jayson: “No problem. I hope this helps someone.“
If you need an acting coach, or if you’re an actor looking to market your skills on a higher level you can contact Jayson at www.businessofshow.net
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