There are plenty of classes available from very reputable teachers aimed at teaching actors how to be better actors. Very few classes, however, teach actors how to be good business people, and how to succeed at building a sustainable career.

The Show BUSINESS 101 seminar series aims to do just that - to give actors the information they need to be the President and CEO of their own business, and to guide that business in the direction they want it to go.

Each seminar is a self-contained three hour class dealing with specific business areas actors must pay attention to in order to build their career. Seminars may be offered individually, or as part of a series. If you're interested in taking one of Harold's Show BUSINESS 101 seminars, please join his mailing list on our contact page to receive updates on when the seminars will be offered.

Running Your Career Like A Business

"There's No Business Like Show Business..." or so the song says. In fact, a career in show business requires the same things any business requires: focus, dedication, time management, planning, book keeping, and investment.

Enjoying a successful acting career takes more than talent - it takes business sense. Over the past 20 years, Harold Phillips has built an impressive resume - and a reputation among producers, directors and his peers for professionalism and business savvy.

In this three hour presentation, Harold goes over the business techniques he's employed to create a solid career in his market. Topics include:

  • Business Basics
  • Book Keeping
  • Planning For The Tax-Man
  • Time Management
  • Goal Setting
  • Resource Management
  • Finding A Balance

While this business-oriented information may seem intimidating to notoriously "right-brained" actors, Harold presents these concepts in a light-hearted, fun-filled manner that make the time fly by... and provide valuable information and insight that will hold anyone performer in good stead as s/he pursues an acting career.

Shameless Self-Promotion

"It Pays To Advertise..." In fact, it's essential! Any business must advertise its goods and services if it expects to make money... and your acting business is no different.

Harold Phillips gets tired of hearing actors talk about "shameless self-promotion" - in his opinion, an actor should NEVER be ashamed of promoting his or her work, because networking and self-promotion are the cornerstone of any actor's career. These important techniques not only get people in to see your current project... they help you to get the next one, and the one after that. Why do you think movie stars pay publicists?

In this three hour presentation, Harold explains the core concepts of networking, and how to use them to promote yourself to directors, casting agents, and the public. Topics include:

  • Marketing Yourself As A "Brand"
  • Establishing Your Internet Presence
  • Using Social Networking Sites
  • Managing Your Personal Contacts
  • Investing In Quality Marketing Materials

Marketing is arguably one of the hardest jobs an actor faces as s/he builds a professional career. Harold helps to take the mystery out of promoting your acting business, and the difference it can make as you build a name in the industry.

Actor Tech

"But I'm Not A Computer Person!"

As much as we might want to deny it, we are living in the 21st century. We may not have flying cars or houses on the moon, but we do have amazing resources available to us that would have been considered science fiction just twenty years ago. The personal computer has changed the way the world works... and the way that actors do business.

In order to use your computer (or someone else's, for that matter) effectively in your acting business, you need to understand what it can do for you - and how it does it. In this three hour presentation, Harold Phillips goes over basic computer concepts, and explains how to use popular programs to make managing your acting career easier and faster. Topics include

  • Computer terminology and concepts
  • Using basic word processing programs
  • Making email work for you
  • Setting up a web site
  • and... extensive Q and A

This seminar differs from the other offerings in the Show BUSINESS 101 seminar series - the students determine the structure of the seminar, and because of this, each seminar is different. One week before the seminar is scheduled to take place, students are asked to submit their questions about how to use their computers effectively to Harold, and he builds the presentation around those questions. This makes for a fun and more personally geared seminar experience.