My friend Aaron Lustig, who has been a hard working actor in Hollywood for years, also teaches at the venerable Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute where he coaches young actors at the beginning of their careers. I listened to one of his lectures to a new group of students… I actually shot that first lecture… and then we took the highlights of that class and filmed those as an interview at his house in a more casual setting. (What? You didn’t know I did video? Check out Curious Cat Productions)
Aaron’s video is one of our longer ones at just under four minutes but Aaron details everything aspiring actors need to set off at the beginning of their journeys. His first piece of advice — which is key — is you must have desire, will and passion. “If you don’t want to do this 125 percent, then you shouldn’t be doing it at all,” he says. “That’s true with everything in life. Don’t do it half-assed.”
Actors also need training, headshots, a demo reel, and they need to market themselves. He names Actors Access and L.A. Casting as two of the industry standard sites to which actors can upload their headshots.
Aaron’s advice is invaluable because he’s been in the trenches. He knows the ins and outs of the auditioning process, how to get an agent, and he knows what kind of attitude you need to make it in the business. Hint: A good one. A very good one. He has funny stories about how his own lack of preparation ended up having his role recast by a more prepared actor.
Just in case you need to be reminded of Aaron’s credits, check out his profile on IMDb. And if you need a private coach, he’s available.
And oh yeah, his headshot… I took that. Come get yours! Call me, 818.481.5214, or email me at diana @ dianalundin.com and check out my headshots at Diana Lundin Headshots.