VIDEO – 5 Must-Do Tips to Getting What You Want

This Week: Simple Steps for Actor Success

Ever wonder how Tom Cruise got to be the lucrative franchise that is Tom Cruise? Or marvel with disbelief and disdain how some politicians have risen to prominent positions in their career? Particularly the newspaper-avoiding, history-ignorant, “You betcha! I can see Jesus from my home spa bidet” philistines? Both successful pol and actor know how to effectively leverage life to their advantage. For your career journey you can do the same (just spare us your reality program and Oprah couch acrobatics).

Chris Matthews, the jack-hammer host of Hardball, has spent his entire life observing politicians win what they want. Before forcing politicos to be forthright he was a speech writer for the Carter administration and an aide to the gruff-n-gregarious House Speaker Tip O’Neill. Several years ago Matthews wrote a wonderful, no-nonsense manual, instructing how anyone outside of politics can maneuver like a pol to get what they want. Life’s A Campaign is a must-read that applies to actors. But this week I bring you Matthews “live”.

Recently Matthews was the commencement speaker for Temple University. He offered the graduating class five tips for getting ahead in life. Below are two videos in which Matthews candidly targets these steps for success in any career journey. I know of many actors who plotted or unknowingly followed these journey propelling advisories. Will you be one more?

And if Matthews’ delivery in the second video seems reminiscent of someone who was an actor and is now a director, casting director and author; you’d be right. One of the original working titles for ACTING: Make It Your Business was Hardball for Actors.


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Paul Russell’s career as a casting director, director, acting teacher and former actor has spanned nearly thirty years. He has worked on projects for major film studios, television networks, and Broadway. Paul has taught the business of acting and audition technique at NYU and has spoken at universities including Yale, Temple and the University of the Arts. He writes a column for Back Stage and is the author of ACTING: Make It Your Business – How to Avoid Mistakes and Achieve Success as a Working Actor. For more information, please visit

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