The Power of Persistence

Written by Amy Lyndon

Well, pilot season’s pretty much over.

Upfronts (where networks officially announce their 2012 lineup) are gearing up, and so the 2012 pilot season is winding down. I’ve talked to a lot of actors and the response I usually get is that it was a quiet year. Yeah, there’s that one friend who always had 5 auditions a day, but for the most part, many actors have found themselves with slim pickings. Naturally, this is the time of year when the largest exodus of actors head back to “the Midwest” or “East” or wherever.

How about you?

My belief is that if you’re taking the time to read another article, then my guess is you’re not packing it in and we want to congratulate you. You’re persistent, and persistence is what separates the haves and the have-nots in Hollywood. In fact, let’s talk some more about power of persistence.

On April 6th, 1909, US Navy Engineer Robert Peary reached the North Pole. That’s an amazing feat, but what’s even more amazing was that he reached it on his eighth attempt! That’s right – Admiral Peary had failed seven previous attempts to reach the North Pole!

Now, I want you to think about this for a second. It’s the early 1900s. You have limited resources and limited technology (no GPS). When you begin, it is winter and it is cold. Freezing temperatures below zero, biting winds, and only fur to keep you warm. Months of planning and preparation finally come together – and you FAIL. Many people told Peary to give up, but he was undeterred, so he set out a second time… and FAILED AGAIN! And again and again and again and again and again until he finally reached the North Pole!

Your acting career may feel like a desolate, freezing wasteland, but don’t give up. History is not full of people who tried and succeeded perfectly on their first try. No, history is full of people who failed over and over until they stopped failing and achieved greatness where anyone else would have quit long ago. President Calvin Coolidge wrote:

“Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”

If you feel like you don’t know what you’re doing, that’s ok, you’re not alone. That’s exactly why The Lyndon Technique and TLTaccess were created! We can help you figure it out. Yet even if we handed you the keys to Hollywood, it still takes persistence to carve out a long-lasting career and persistence is something we can’t give you. You have to have that all on your own.

But that’s the best part: you can have that all on your own. YOU are in control of the most important part of becoming a working actor.


Amy Lyndon
is the Founder and CEO of
The Lyndon Technique, The 15 Guideline Map To Booking Technique that has helped thousands of actors get into the top 1% of the industry. With over 20 years of experience and clients in the USA and abroad, Amy provides proven insights found nowhere else.

To get a FREE MONTH of access to her Member’s Only Business and Booking site, click this exclusive link: www.TLTaccess.com/freemonth

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