4 Ways for a New Actor to Bounce Back from Negative Press

Holly Bissonnette| October 29, 2014

 

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Getting a negative feedback is one of the inevitabilities of being an actor in the entertainment industry. Whether it’s from a failed audition or from failure to get the results you wanted from the headshots and resumes you sent, this could be quite draining.

 

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But, what about when the acting projects you were involved in get negative reviews on a blog or on Facebook or in a magazine? For a new actor, bad publicity could be quite devastating. This is especially if you are planning to place all your credited acting jobs to the demo reel you are include in the audition packets you send to casting directors or agencies.

 

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Do not worry about this. You have gotten this far and have worked way too hard to let a little bad review affect your journey down the road to success. So, instead of fretting over negative press, here are a few tips that could help you bounce back from any bad reviews or experiences, especially after a failed project.

 

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1. Kill negativity with positivity.

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Depending on where the review is written, there will always be a way to deflect any negative publicity you have gotten. Have you ever heard the term, “all publicity is good publicity”? Well, it’s true.

 

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Let’s say there is a negative review about a low budget romantic comedy you starred in. Spin it by asking your audience or fans about their thoughts, post a link to the negative review and get a discussion or debate going.

 

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Make sure you express how much fun you had filming the movie, how you loved the script or how great the cast was, etc. This gives you an opportunity to take control of your public relations campaign and get something positive out of a negative review.

 

2. Own it.

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So, the slasher horror flick you starred in fell a bit flat and turned into a silly teen scary movie. Stuff like this happens, especially with independent or low budget productions.

 

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The best thing you can do in situations like these is just to accept it. If you come off as frustrated and upset that the project didn’t turn out how you wanted it to, you might seem bitter or unprofessional. Post your own personal reviews about the project and highlight the great parts of the movie instead of focusing on the parts that didn’t quite measure up to your expectations or that of the public.

 

3. Reach out.

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It is possible for a negative review about you or a project you worked on edited or even deleted. Try to find the source or writer of the article and see if there is a contact email or phone number. Politely ask them why they weren’t satisfied and see if you can change their mind. Re-read their review and bring up any specific parts that you believe aren’t true or could be addressed.

 

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It’s important to remember that just because someone says your project wasn’t great, this does not mean you didn’t do a good job. It is also imperative for you to keep in mind that just because you got in touch with the writer, this does not mean they will edit their publication. But, it’s always worth a shot. Communication shows that you are a real, professional person and not just a character they saw in the production.

 

4. Build a bridge and cross it.

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If you cannot convince the writer to edit the review and it’s staying, then the only thing you can do is accept it and move on. Criticism come even with all great things and in your career, you are going to come in contact with some people who won’t like you or your work.

 

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On a positive note, you are also going to come across hundreds of people who will absolutely love you and what you’re doing and take note that good will always win over the bad. You can recover from any negative review if you just keep your eye on the prize and stay focused on always bettering yourself as an artist.

 

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Following these four simple steps will help you toughen up as a person and an actor. They will also make you realize that one or two or even more silly negative reviews won’t break your spirit and that eventually you will be able to translate them into great energy when you’re performing. Use your critics as motivation to do better as an actor and become greater than you’ve ever imagined.

 

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