Teamwork can be such a wonderful thing, especially when you all have the same vision and drive. It’s a group of individuals, if done right, who can grow to be as close as family. You have each other’s back no matter what, and you’re there to lift each other up when things are down. Most important of all, it’s when there isn’t one person or thing greater than the group.
I feel honored to work with Team Rise Together, a group of people with various backgrounds in entertainment and business. It truly is a selfless group that continuously helps each other. More important, I am proud to call these people friends who I can trust. I know that if I ever need anything in a pinch, I can go to them first. The same thing goes the other way around. There have been numerous times when someone in Team Rise Together reaches out to me, and I’m there in a flash. I am the type of person who loves to help people, and there is no greater gratification than helping a friend in need. I’ve been on a few different teams in the past, but this is the one that I am most proud of.
The beauty of Team Rise Together is that we are still growing. We are far from those exclusive cliques who turn their nose to anyone not involved. If you are a selfless, hard worker who believes in making dreams come true, then we want to work with you. It’s all about strength in numbers. As the saying goes, “Part of the ship, part of the crew.”
Everyone has his/her own approach on how to tackle a role. Truth be told, there is no method that is better than the other. What matters most is what works best for you. I have tried a few different methods in my career. Some work better than others, depending on the role. There are times where a role is very similar to who I am personally, so I just go off my pure instincts according to the circumstances of the scene. In this case, it’s purely acting 101: listen and react.
The roles I truly enjoy the most are the ones where I am someone completely different. In order to have a full understanding of the character, I have to do a lot of research. For me, this involves more than the usual script breakdown. I want to dig deep into the character’s mindset. What I do for this is research similar characters. This could be a real life person that I may know, or a fictional character. Regardless, I do everything I can to study that person and borrow some things that I feel can help enhance the character.
I’ve had the honor of playing some really complex characters before. I’ve played sociopaths, killers, and repressed homosexuals just to name a few. With roles like these there are times where I take the character with me off camera. I want to see how these characters can interact in the real world (without killing anyone of course). It allows me to play the part as truthfully as possible. At the same time, I find things within myself that I never knew I had before. It’s actually pretty cool. The drawback with those types of roles, however, is that I need some time before I hop into something else so I can go back to being myself. That is why I choose not to do those roles as much, but certainly will for the right part.
As a performer, I highly suggest to try different things. These are just a couple of approaches that I’ve taken, but that doesn’t mean I’m closed off to anything else. If someone has his/her own technique or method, I always listen and give it a try. If it works, great! If not, then I’ll either move on or find a way to tweak it for my own liking. The point is don’t get stuck. Continue to learn and evolve. That’s how you eventually become great.
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Working from home can certainly have its perks. You get to create your own schedule. There is nobody micromanaging you. You get to enjoy the company of your pet, if you are so fortunate. These same perks can also be drawbacks, if you let it. I honestly believe that working from home isn’t for everyone. It takes a certain amount of discipline to do so. Just think about how many possible distractions you can have in a day. If you give into it, then nothing will get done. That’s why it is so important to keep to a schedule.
Before I started this lifestyle, I made sure to create a schedule for myself and keep to it. When I am working from home, I am ridiculously strict when it comes to my schedule. It’s to the point where I actually keep an alarm for any given task that I do, and when the time is up I move onto the next task. This helps me get so much done in any given day. Beforehand, I would just work on something until I finished. Depending on what it was that I was working on, it could take up to a few hours or even an entire day and nothing else would get accomplished. It never led to the results I wanted and would just cause stress. Now I feel like I am more productive. My time is better managed, and it allows for some flexibility to do some errands throughout the day without feeling guilty.
Another key component is having passion for what you do. I love my career and will do anything for it. Social media, budgeting, and networking are some tasks that I wouldn’t otherwise like, but knowing what it means for my success forces me to enjoy it. Without passion for your career and keeping to a schedule, working from home can quickly turn into you just hanging out on the couch watching TV. Don’t let that be you. Be the boss you always wish you had.
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There is nothing greater than working with a team that you trust. I have been fortunate enough to surround myself with a group of individuals that share the same passion as I do. They come from all different walks of life, but we all have the same mission. We are all determined to do what it takes to get there…together. That’s the key component: working together. There are too many people in the entertainment business that will only focus on themselves, and will try to take this industry on as an island. With that mentality, you can try all you want but I promise you it’ll only set yourself up for disappointment and aggravation.
Working with a team is like having a support group. When one is down, we are there to pick that person up. We motivate each other, inspire each other, and push each other to be the very best possible. We look after each other’s backs. If we find a part or position that is right for our teammate, we share it. The philosophy is: if one succeeds, we all succeed. That is the motto of Team Rise Together. This is a group that I am proud to call a family.
Every quarter we get together for a Team Rise Together network event in New York City. It is something I personally look forward to as I get to catch up with people in the industry I genuinely enjoy being with. It also provides a chance to meet new people as our family is continuously growing. One of my favorite parts about this event is that it allows others to connect with each other and provide opportunities for their career. It is such a rewarding feeling to help others, and that is exactly why we do this. Team Rise Together: The Team that works together, grows together, will rise together!
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