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Being a Champion – Interview with Laurette Ellsworth Ahrens

Q: What does HERO stand for and how does it help actors?

A: HERO’S stands for Health, Education, Relationships, Opportunity, and Spirituality. My goal is to help individuals achieve balance in all of those areas. Life is complex and difficult to navigate without the right tools. We can choose to discover it ourselves and learn from our mistakes or we can find someone to teach us how to learn from the successes and failures of others. As a professional trainer, I have helped people achieve their goals, and some of those people are actors and models. Most importantly, you need to be happy with the journey you’re on while achieving your goals.

Q: What do you have to say about achieving goals?

A: To achieve the goal is to persevere and work at it in an intelligent way. Do you make decisions based on reliable information? Did you do your research to make sure your goal was realistic for you? Are you working towards your goal every day? Are you communicating with the right people? Getting the right training? It is really important to find people with integrity who will work with you until you achieve your dream.

Q: What are the opportunities available in this field for an actor to earn a living?

A: Many actors also work as models to support themselves. But it’s important to be realistic when looking for modeling work. Physical attributes determine the type of modeling a person can do. An eighty-year-old could be a print model, but she’s not a supermodel. Companies also hire models to promote their products. There are trade fairs, car shows, technology fairs and home shows every weekend in this area and these companies hire models to promote their products. It is beneficial for companies to hire someone with a fun and friendly personality to stand on showroom floors and at trade fairs as this attracts people to their booth or product. And as we know, happy people are attractive. But people can’t just walk in and expect to be hired because of a pretty face. They must be smart. They have to learn scripts, be extroverted, and talk people smart about products. The age range for promotional models is generally between 20 and 40, but a fifty year old can make it. Promotional models don’t get paid as well as supermodels do, but they may get more work because more work is available. The salary can be as low as $25 an hour and as high as $100 an hour.

Q: How would you recommend a casting agency or manager to get their attention?

A: The people who position themselves as the best of the pack get representation. The field is too competitive to leave things to chance. If you’re not doing everything you can to be the best you can be, you’re wasting your time. Get the right training. Go to acting lessons and modeling courses. Learn how to do your own makeup. Don’t dismiss these skills by thinking – “Oh, if I’m pretty enough they’ll really want me and pay for all my pictures.” This is not the way it works. On the other hand, you can be the best actor in the world, but if you’re not presented in a way that shows that, you won’t get hired. Something as simple as dressing a little, fixing your hair and putting on a little makeup can make the difference between getting the job and not getting it. Success does not come by chance or luck. Success is a learnable skill.

Q: What do agencies look for in talent?

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