Discussing “The Director List” with Creator Destri Martino

There is no mistaking the fact that women in Hollywood are under-represented. This is old news, and women have been making strides by supporting each other and creating awesome communities like this one: the awesome ladies at Ms In the Biz. Destri Martino, the founder of The Director List, decided to create a database of […]

Keeping Yourself Accountable to Success: Tips from Jona and Ajarae

I have been surrounding myself with some seriously amazing women lately. Of course I am referring to my amazing co-writers and readers at Ms. In the Biz, but also the rock-star women that I have been interviewing for my column. If you haven’t read my last two posts I forgive you, and I hope that […]

Workshop Education: Spotlight Interview with Ajarae Coleman

Workshops have become a necessary part of the acting business. Whether or not you feel strongly about them (for or against), everyone admits that they are a permanent fixture in the life of an actor. I had the opportunity to sit down with the inspirational, Ajarae Coleman, the founder ofWorkshop Guru, and discuss how she […]

“Create Yourself.” Spotlight Interview with Jona Xiao

For the past 10 months or so, I have been delving into the world of entrepreneurship and relating it back to the entertainment industry. I have talked about my journey to becoming a multi-hyphenate actor-entrepreneur to risk taking to budgeting like a big business, to how the improv rule “yes, and” extends into your business […]

How To Plan BIG From the Beginning

Last month I introduced you to the brilliance of The E-Myth Revisited and Michael E. Gerber. I broke down the basic principles of the book and the idea that in order to succeed in business we need to have a balance of skills and the correct mindset to be an entrepreneur. To have this balance, we need […]

What You Can Learn From Small Businesses’ Failure

Have you heard that eighty percent of small businesses fail? Have you ever thought about why that is? Not the outlier reasons like so-and-so had to move back to Kansas to take care of her aunt, but the main reason small businesses fail. I have to admit, I am a bit of a nerd, and […]

Taking Chances by Telling Stories

One of my role models in elementary school was the cartoon adventures of Ms. Frizzle. Maybe because she made learning and exploring the world so much fun, but probably because I loved her favorite saying: “Take Chances, Make Mistakes, and Get Messy.” As children we inadvertently take these messages to heart, but as we get […]

Take A Calculated Leap of Faith

There is an old saying that good lawyers run away from risk, while good businessmen run towards risk. Today, the final part of my three part series discussing things we can learn from big businesses is all about risk. I am sure you have read a lot of articles about how famous, brilliant people failed before […]

As An Actor, Budget Like A Business

Let’s Recap. Last month I congratulated you on owning your own business (huzzah!) and we compared your acting business to the Fortune 500 companies on Wall Street. Big takeaway: schedule check-ins! Checking in with your goals and the state of your business on a recurring basis is crucial to make sure you are on track […]

Tips for Running Your Acting Business, Part One: “Check-Ins”

Congratulations! You are a proud business owner. As an actor, you own a business whose sole purpose is to sell yourself to buyers in the form of casting directors. I am sure you have heard this before, but have you really taken the time to figure out what owning a business means? Besides tax deductions […]