Dear Paws to Talk,
Since I was a young dog, I have wanted to appear in a Hollywood production. Each year, I see dogs on TV and in movies and the urge to make my dream a reality grows stronger.
As my humans will tell you, I am very talented. I know how to make an array of faces and am good at following directions. However, right now, I reside in Illinois, far away from Hollywood. Also, I don’t have any auditions lined up.
I am not sure what practical steps I need to take in order to become a Hollywood actress. What should I do?
-Zoe the Papillon
We commend you on knowing what your passion is and being so determined to make it happen.
Acting was something that neither of us had a desire to pursue. At the insistence of our humans, we tried out for one local commercial spot but didn’t get the job. The director said he couldn’t keep us away from the craft service table long enough to actually work. Oh well.
You are very smart to realize that you need practical steps to make your dream a reality. With the exception of Oprah, no one claps their paws together and makes something happen. However, we think even she needed a roadmap to success.
We have made a list of actions you should take in order to become a Hollywood actress. See below.
1. Get some head shots taken. Find a reputable photographer who will properly display your best features. You can mail these to talent agencies and production houses in Hollywood.
2. In a mirror, practice the different facial expressions you are able to make. You should know them on command.
3. Have your humans quiz you on various directions such as run, sit, wag tail, jump and walk patiently. From the little experience we had, discipline seems to be a key component to acting.
4. Go to any auditions that may be taking place in Illinois. It may not be Hollywood but there are acting roles all over the place. At the very least, you can get some audition experience under your collar.
5. When you feel prepared, take a trip to Hollywood. With the help of your humans, knock on some talent agency doors and show off your beauty and skill. Be prepared to knock on a lot of doors, because we have heard people in Hollywood like to say “no” a lot. This has nothing to do with you. Give it your all. Be sure to leave your paw prints everywhere so they will remember your visit.
We believe in you. Let us know how it goes.
Bella and DiDi
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