Chatting with James Malinchak ( www.BigMoneySpeaker.com) I realized the similar misconceptions shared by the worlds of my early onset career of acting, and the world James and I were discussing.. speaking.
Let’s take the biggest misconception: There are not enough paying gigs. I know many talented actors that must support themselves with a “real” job and more and more producers seem to expect an actor to work for free!
So, are speakers in the same boat?
Good news! There are thousands of paying speaking opportunities every year. James used the statistic of 24,000 associations in the United States that are looking to pay speakers, and most of the time, these associations will book you more than once. There are many other avenues, but in consideration of this statistic alone it is clear that there are plenty of opportunities out there.
There are options for making money in both fields, as well:
Actors can produce their own projects.
Speakers can produce their own events.
Actors can leverage a successful show with a product line.
Speakers can sell products and trainings even when speaking, “ for free.” Many speakers make an extraordinary living with this model.
One of the most valuable qualities to create success in both of these fields is tenacity. There are many people who dream to be successful in Hollywood or on stages around the world, but without exception, those that reach the status of icon, or celebrity and make a real impact in their industry have a certain degree of persistence and clarity around their value and purpose.
So you’ve been told the odds are against you? Keep your options open, let your creative juices flow to develop your own events and products and keep focused on your purpose and your desired impact. Take a step every day to defy the odds! I know James would agree that two small town Western Pennsylvania kids have proven those odds can be beat!
For more insights on the speaking world, (and Hollywood!) watch the conversation with James Malinchak https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsEs7ccdByo&list=UUwL1sfrwOXy4EHYNSd5OwQw
“The majority of men meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail.”