The Open Secret to Success in your Acting Career - And You Already Know It!

The Open Secret to Success

How do you achieve success in the arts? In acting? In writing, producing or directing? In animation, in business, in sports, or anything?

We’d all like the freedom that success brings. The extra money, the extra exposure, the lifestyle choices that it brings.

Have you ever noticed how successful actors seem to have the lion’s share of opportunities? So without success, you’re just feeding from what’s left over.


The truth is that the secret to success in all fields is pretty much the same thing. And it’s an open secret, in other words - we already know what it is.

  • Is it going to the right school?

  • Having supportive friends and family?

  • Having the best agent?

  • Knowing the right people?

  • Choosing better headshots?

  • Having the perfect technique?

  • Having undeniable mental toughness?

  • Knowing right resume design.

  • Having a sought after casting type?

  • Knowing the secret to auditioning?

  • Having the money to make your own projects?

  • Having more confidence?

  • Having more time?

  • Receiving better opportunities to shine?

These are all part of success, but the open secret is simpler. The open secret that everyone knows is that you have to take action. Execute. Do stuff. Every day.


And the action that you take now, today is the action that’s going to build the successful future you want tomorrow.

It’s too easy to sit around moaning about what you don’t have.

But there’s a second part of the secret. It’s that even knowing this, most people will not do it. You can lead a horse to water, but they won’t all drink.

They get scared, they get lazy, they lose their bottle, they get distracted… Whatever the reason.

Take action today towards your acting career. Take action every day. That action is entirely in your own hands too.

What action will you take today?

What action will you take tomorrow?

Now don’t stop.

(And if you do, you’re in luck, because half the people will read this blog post and do nothing)


Mark Westbrook is the Course Leader of the Full and Part-Time Diplomas in Stage and Screen Acting at Acting Coach Scotland.


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