How to Get Famous
Tips from talent scouts and locals who've made it big
A year-and-a-half ago, 26-year-old Jonny Miller lived in Lenoir City and worked for a construction company that builds Kentucky Fried Chickens and hospitals. Now he lives 2,200 miles away in Los Angeles, makes movies with Jessica Simpson, runs in the same circles as Paris Hilton and is, as he says, having the time of his life.
The attitude. Dependability is about the most boring and lovely quality any person can have, and it’s the best way to make a talent agent fall over himself to get auditions for an actor. “If kids show up for a job for me, then I’ll work them all the time because I know I can count on them, and there are so few,” says Hatcher.
The craft. “You have to practice your craft,” says Dwyer, who teaches an acting class in which his students focus on finding the truth through script analysis. “You have to synchronize the truth of the character with your own internal truth, and you have to let it go and be fearless.” It’s important to always have your acting skills fine-tuned, Dwyer says, because you never know what opportunity will present itself.
Be willing to make a change. “If you want to be an actor, you need to move [to L.A.],” says Miller. Many, many professionals reiterate this point, stressing that one of the essential ingredients in becoming a successful model or actress is her flexibility—whether it’s cutting her too-long hair, moving away from her too-small town or sacrificing any semblance of normalcy. In order to be a professional actor, “you have to be prepared to sacrifice a regular job or paycheck and be ready to rock and roll at a moment’s notice,” Dwyer says.