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Why Don’t They Call Me In? Why is it so Hard?

QBQ! The Question Behind the Question

Do These Questions Sound Familiar?

  • Why is being an actor so tough?
  • Why is it so impossible to get an agent?
  • Why do other actors get called instead of me?

Of course they do! If you haven’t asked them yourself a thousand times, you’ve probably heard them from a friend, or a cast-member, or a dozen other people you know.

There are better questions you can ask… questions that lead to personal accountability, and progress.

Ask the Question Behind the Question

I just finished an excellent book, QBQ! The Question Behind the Question: Practicing Personal Accountability at Work and in Life, and I have to say it’s one of the most compelling things I’ve read in quite a while.

It’s a quick read (probably about half an hour), and it really points out the negative, whiny quality of questions we pose as business people, actors, and just in everyday life.

Instead of the questions above, isn’t it much for helpful to ask the following:

  • What can I do to better enjoy being an actor?
  • How can I get an agent’s attention?
  • What can I change to compete with other actors?

Same fundamental questions, but phrased in a way that allows personal action, and ownership of getting past obstacles.

Pick up the book!

It was a recommendation, and I’m loving the challenge of using it in my own life…


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