If there’s one person that Hollywood would like to sign to their side in the superstar-ification of the music industry, it’s obviously Robert Pattinson.
The English actor-turned-director has been around for quite some time, with an illustrious acting career spanning from the early 2000s to the present day. He’s best known for his role as Edward Cullen in the Twilight franchise, but has also starred in a number of indie dramas and action thrillers. While some may still prefer to watch the young actors in their youthful prime, there’s no denying that Pattinson has established himself as a reliable name in Hollywood.
It has been a pretty eventful year for the 48-year-old actor. Just last month (March 2020), he wrapped production on his directorial debut, Animal Factory. This was followed by a number of high-profile projects, including the major motion picture Water Bugs in February and Badlands in November. In early 2021, he’ll begin production on his first major studio release in five years, The Legend of Willow Mountain.
Considering Hollywood’s fascination with all things Twilight and the immense popularity of the franchise, it’s no surprise that the actor has found multiple lucrative offers. In fact, he has so far signed on to star in five high-profile, big-budget films. Needless to say, this has made him one of the most sought-after men in Tinseltown.
If you’ve ever seen one of his films, you’ll undoubtedly know that Pattinson isn’t just another Hollywood star. He’s certainly got that glamour and swagger Hollywood is so enamored with, but the actor has always been about something more. He’s got a keen sense of social awareness, often favoring projects that highlight underrepresented communities. He’s also openly supported charitable and social awareness initiatives, especially in the UK. While we shouldn’t expect him to change who he is to appease Hollywood, we can at least hope that he’ll use his platform as a means of spreading awareness.
Of course, it takes more than just a good look to make it in Hollywood. It takes talent, drive, and, above all, money. Thanks to the increasing prominence of successful independent film producers in the 21st century, it’s now possible for a talented individual to rise through the ranks without the backing of a major studio. If you’re looking to follow in Pattinson’s footsteps and make it in Hollywood, here are a few tips on how to do it.
Make The Right Connections
Hollywood is a place that is completely obsessed with networking. While it may not always be beneficial to have a relationship with someone in the industry (often referred to as ‘casting directors’ or ‘agents’), it’s always advisable to establish contact with as many prominent, famous, and wealthy people as possible. Those who network often gain a distinct advantage, especially in today’s ever-evolving world of digital distribution and social media. Consider this: in the event of a major disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, it would be nearly impossible for an unknown actor to bounce back from such limited exposure and break into the industry. With connections, that chance would be much greater.
Study The Business
Although it is often said that acting Is An Entertainment Industry, it actually is a very nuanced and specialized field. For example, studies have found that 93% of actors would rather work in a film studio than on a stage. That’s probably because film and TV studios can often offer a more stable paycheck and certain roles that are far more memorable and lucrative. If you’re deciding to jump into the industry, it’s essential that you understand the dynamics of the movie business and how it functions. In order to do this, you’ll need to undertake some serious studies. Fortunately, there are a number of reputable universities that offer degrees in film industry management. With a solid background in business and a keen eye for detail, you’ll be in a unique position to make it in Hollywood.
Network Inside The Industry
Even though Hollywood is a place that is completely obsessed with networking, it doesn’t mean that all connections are beneficial or worth establishing. Sometimes, you can find yourself in a situation where establishing contact with an individual or company in the industry can be a detriment to your career. In these cases, it’s always worth considering alternatives. For example, instead of reaching out to a casting director in hopes of getting a role, you might find that creating your own buzz is the key to finding employment. After all, that’s what made Harrison Ford and Robert Pattinson famous in the first place – they always found themselves in the right place at the right time.
Build A Solid Base
The best way to make it in Hollywood is by building a solid base in another field. If you’re already established in other creative areas, like writing or directing, those are the sort of skills that will make you more attractive to producers. In the event of a major disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, it would be nearly impossible for an unknown actor to bounce back from such limited exposure and break into the industry. With a background in writing or directing, you’ll be in a unique position to make it in Hollywood.
As noted by entertainment law expert Stephen Bruno, in the event of a major disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, it would be nearly impossible for an unknown actor to bounce back from such limited exposure and break into the industry. With a background in writing or directing, you’ll be in a unique position to make it in Hollywood.
Don’t Forget The Math
One of the most important things to consider if you decide to make it in Hollywood is the money. It’s always tempting to aim for the top, the very pinnacle of fame and fortune, but that route is not always the smoothest. In order to do this, you’ll need to be prepared to dish out the big bucks. Fortunately, Hollywood is a place where money is no object, at least not entirely. Sometimes, it’s very difficult to secure the funding for a major production without the backing of a large studio. Even then, money is usually no object, at least not in the beginning. That’s when you need to start saving. Remember: in the event of a major disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, it would be nearly impossible for an unknown actor to break into the industry. With a background in business or economics, you’ll be in a unique position to make it in Hollywood.
If you’re deciding to make it in Hollywood, you’ll notice that not all roles are created equally. Some are clearly more favorable than others. For example, you may be best suited for the iconic role of James Bond, since you appear to have the necessary physical characteristics. On the other hand, you may not be the right fit for the role of Clark Kent, since you don’t have the requisite charm or good looks. Keep this in mind as you pursue your dreams of stardom. You’ll be in a better position to negotiate once you have an agent.
Follow The Rules
Last but not least, it’s important to follow the rules. The entertainment industry is a very competitive one, and the key to securing the roles you’re interested in is by playing by the rules. In the event of a major disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, it would be nearly impossible for an unknown actor to break into the industry. With an understanding of the business and a knack for getting things done, you’ll be in a unique position to make it in Hollywood.