Advice and Tips for Actors Helpful thoughts on acting from someone who wasn't the least successful actor of all time.

December 6, 2007

Starting Your Own Actor Blog

Filed under: eitan's writings — Eitan @ 12:41 am

As an actor the second most important job you have (after acting, of course) is to promote, promote, promote.  There is no easier way to promote yourself and your work than by starting your very own actor blog.  Here are a few benefits to starting your own blog to discuss your acting work:

* Your accomplishments are automatically broadcast all over the internet for the world to see.
* It’s easy for your family and friends to keep up with your career.
* Starting your own blog is not only easy, but you can do it for free.

Actors are always wondering how to promote their newest accomplishment.  If it’s a commercial, part in a TV show or even a new play you aren’t always going to get invited onto The Late Show to talk about your endeavors in front of an attentive public.  This is where your blog comes in.  It’s your blog and you can write whatever you want.  I get daily hits on my site for people looking for information on iCarly.  That means whenever an iCarly fan is searching for information on the show they get to read about my upcoming episode.  That’s great targeted publicity!  Someone’s going to watch my episode and say, “hey, I read that guy’s blog!”

Does your mom call every week and ask how the career is going?  Do your cousins always bug you to find out when you’re going to be on TV next?  Well, with a blog they have no excuse to bother you again (like that’s going to stop them).  You have a centralized place to post your accomplishments and your friends and family can check in whenever they want an update on your career.  But not only can family and close friends find out what you’re up to, so can long lost friends.  People I used to perform with in college, high school drama friends and people I’ve worked with in Los Angeles and since lost touch have found me and what I’m up to through my blog.

About now you’re looking at my shiny beautiful site and you’re starting to think you could never put anything like this together.  The second you hear the letters “HTML” or the word “program” your brain turns into a lump of igneous rock.  Well I’ve got some great news for you, you don’t have to program anything to get a blog up and running.  There are several free and simple ways to set up your very own slice of blog real estate.  The two most popular are Blogger.com (0wned by Google) and WordPress.com.  You get a spiffy domain name like stephonfuller.blogspot.com (a “must read” actor blog), easy tools to update it yourself as well as a very friendly help pages to point you on your way.  And did you catch the part that it’s all for free?

These free blogs can make a great substitute for a full fledged “actor site” if you’re not ready to take the plunge both technologically and financially.  There’s really nothing to be scared of and loads to gain.  So get out there, start your blog and start promoting yourself!

Look for an upcoming post with some great actor blogs and other sites every actor should have bookmarked.

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