Actor Michael Cognata’s Three-Year “Trial By Fire” and Why He Started a YouTube Channel for Actors


Guest Post Written by Michael Cognata

I started my journey in film and television, during my freshman year in college. I was deathly afraid of living the life that was laid out before me as a civil engineer. So, I sat in the basement of my college student hall alone, contemplating how on earth I let myself get so far away from my artistic passions. This went on every day, until the very thought became too much to bear.

I made up my mind right then and there, I would reconnect with my passion for the craft of acting, and I wasn’t going to let anything stand in my way! But… what do I do now? Where do I go? Who do I talk to? I was so eager and full of desire to take the next step, but I had no idea what to do next. I started acting for student films, and spent the next X amount of years fumbling through the dark, grabbing onto whatever opportunity I could get my hands on.

It was tough, there was no one that I knew that had gone down that road before, no one to really talk to and ask for seasoned advice. Because of that I spent the first 3 years learning through trial by fire. I wondered, how many people were in the same position I was my freshman year, filled with desire but with no idea how to begin? How many of them kept going? And more importantly, how many of them lost the will to fight through it?

I now have a bunch of films, TV credits and commercials under my belt, and decided it was time I started my YouTube Channel: Fwesh Artists 101. Through this digital medium, I am able to share my experiences meeting agents, business and artistic skills that are vital for success, and lessons that could keep others from stumbling around for years like I did. I can say the motivating things that I wish I heard when I was starting out, and bring back something this industry has lost; Mentorship.

I don’t have all the answers. I am still learning things about this industry and myself as an artist and businessman. But I firmly believe that community is part of what makes art special. Without it, I can’t imagine how many of us would still be sitting in that college basement, dreaming about the future and never realizing it. My channel has two types of videos; Training & Motivation.

If you want insight into the film and television industry through the experiences of a working actor, or if you sometimes need an extra boost to keep you on track, Click Here and subscribe to my channel!

Can’t wait to see you there!

Michael Cognata

1 Comment

  1. Andy Smiley

    May 30, 2016 at 1:55 am

    Nice article ! (Y)

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