In an exclusive interview with Katherine O’Day, the multi-talented influencer shared the most helpful tips and tricks she has learned to getting your foot in the door into the entertainment industry. The trained actor has been able to land various auditions without a manager or agent! By following this advice, Katherine O’Day is inching her way closer to her dream role as Gwen Stacy. Where will her advice take you?
Connect The Dots and NETWORK
Katherine told us that 30% of what she does is through social media and 70% is behind the scenes work that not EVERYONE is doing. What this looks like is spending hours reaching out to industry professionals themselves. Whether it be e-mails, letters, social media, phone calls…she has done it all! There is no better way to get noticed than by putting yourself out there; you’re your own best advocate!
Do Your Research
Connecting the dots and networking might sound hard if you don’t know where to begin, but lucky for us Katherine shared some great strategies! The best place to look, she says, is IMDB Pro for all industry professionals and CSA when dealing with casting directors. Sometimes, you can even find contact information through LinkedIn and Instagram! Everything is attainable, just try, but make sure everything you send is professional. You are representing your brand at all times!
Never Give Up; Consistency is Key!
One key piece of advice, as cliché as it sounds, is to never give up! Katherine shared that for 2 years straight she reached out to people and followed up on opportunities every single day. That’s 730 days of networking in a row! Aside from following up with professionals, she also states to keep constant communication with fans! The fans have an interesting perspective on what makes their favorite characters unique and admirable and it is important to understand where they are coming from to build a community. Katherine understands that it’s their favorite character too, so their support keeps her motivated.
Define YOUR Personal Success
Success to everyone looks different. To some people, it’s making a big purchase and to others it’s getting an email reply. Make sure to define what your personal success looks like and don’t compare that to anyone else! Adjust your mindset and focus on your end goal. “You have to see the work put into the campaign as the result.”
Celebrate the Small Things
Make sure to always embrace your victories no matter how big or small! When you receive a positive email, phone call, DM…celebrate it! Don’t dwell on the people who don’t respond. Take the small wins and celebrate! One small victory is a stepping stone to even larger wins.
Katherine O’Day has used all of these tips to get her name in front of some big names in the Marvel Universe! Where will your name end up? Do your research and start strategizing your own campaign.
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BY: EMILY KILMAN February 4, 2021