They say that “Imitation is a form of Flattery”.
Dallas Travers, a trainer in the field of “The Business Of Acting” has flattered me by imitating my ads, videos, and even my language!
I have a bunch of Dallas’ materials, and I think they are great. As a result, I approached her last year about collaborating and helping actors GET OUT of the day job mentality and becoming business owners.
For about 10 years, I’ve been telling actors to build their own businesses online through my book No More Waiters- How To Build Your Acting Business Without A Day Job”.
People love the book, and I get great testimonials as well as thank yous for inspiring people throughout the years.
But many of the “gurus” think I am barking up the wrong tree, and that actors arer lazy, flaky, and not committed enough to their dreams to try something like that.
So, when I approached Dallas about spreading the word together, she said she wasn’t interested in being an affiliate for No More Waiters, or working together.
I tried not to take it personally.
And when shortly afterwards, she did a program for actors to learn about how to have a business, I didn’t say anything.
She has a great business, and I think people will learn from her.
Even if her course is $700.
That’s when I realized why she didn’t want to be an affiliate with me.
Why bother selling something for $27 when you can get $700.
Don’t hate the player, right?
HOWEVER, when she started advertising to grab some more 700 dollar students, her ad was this…
I mean…. does it look familiar? Here’s mine:
When I write my emails and blog posts I often say:
“Stop WAITING tables, WAITING for your Big break, and WAITING for Perfection”
I’ve been saying that for 10 years.
Her promo video now talks about how actors have to “stop Waiting” and she uses the double entendre also… It also mentions being a “Juggler”, and my FIRST CHAPTER in “No More Waiters” is called “The juggling Act Of Death”.
So…. what would YOU do if you were me?
You see, I know that I can offer 10 TIMES the value she does, and even give people a business so they can start actually MAKING MONEY instead of just SPENDING it to “learn” from me.
Well, as I muddle over my own decisions, I sit here FLATTERED that maybe someone else thinks this is a good topic for actors to learn from…