Comedians always ask me for advice on how they can be better prepared for an opportunity of a lifetime. Besides having good material, here are 4 essential tools I feel are needed to help you on your journey to Hollywood stardom:
- Great Headshots
- A Cool Website
- Social Media Presence
I can’t stress how important it is to have updated head-shots. It’s never good to have an old head-shot that looks nothing like you. Ask around (comedians, promoters, etc.) to see if they know of any professional photographers that fit within your budget. I’ve even seen deals as low as $65 for quality head-shots.
Unlike social media platforms, your website allows you to have all of your content under one roof aka domain. As you promote yourself and your brand, you will find it much easier to direct your fans to your website and capture their attention there. It is here where you can link to all of your social media and Youtube or Vimeo videos .
Another perk of having a website is that you will collect subscribers for your blog or newsletter. Your performance schedule, television appearances, personal accomplishments, videos and anything else you’d like your fans to know about you can also be included. Give them an experience that will make them keep coming back for more.
Remember your goal is to stay connected to, grow and build your fan base so that when your big Hollywood opportunity comes, you’re ready.
Social Media Presence
If you haven’t already, go sign up and create an account for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat…the more the merrier. Engage your audience with frequent and entertaining content. It’s a numbers game now and your activity on social media may either make or break a booking for you. Keep and get your numbers up.
Face it, most reputable comedy clubs will not allow you to drag your camera in and just tape yourself whenever you want to. Just like you, they have a brand to protect and they’d rather the crowd come and watch the shows live instead of via Youtube.
So how do you get a quality video if you can’t record it? An easy way around that is to find an open-mic that will allow you to tape your set in exchange for you bringing a group of people to the show. Make sure we can actually see you in the video and ensure quality audio. Don’t get caught up on the location, just make the best of it…We just want to see you on stage before we book you.
I hope that you’re able to take these 4 tools to help you get you started and on your way. Good luck!