About tomkatsis

When Tom’s not hangin’ at TAN with his fellow Tannites, he also owns his own health and life insurance agency. Because it’s strictly a commission based business, Tom’s always available for auditions, callbacks and shoots. It’s the perfect fit for him as he LOVES being his own boss and only having to answer to himself. And let me tell you “HIMSELF” can be a pretty stern taskmaster. He loves helping fellow actors and others navigate the complexities of the insurance marketplace. In the future, Tom will be blogging about how his two career worlds fold together nicely, or at least most of the time. Tom’s got a Masters’ Degree in Mass Communication from the University of South Dakota and a Fine Arts degree from Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska. He was a famous actor in Sioux City, Iowa before bringing his A game to Hollywood.

Lead, Follow or Get The Hell Out of The Way!

I didn’t coin the expression that I titled this post with, but I’ve heard it said lots during my lifetime.  There are times when you’ve been cast in a project and you need to follow as the director brings your performance to a fine pitch. I know, sometimes you’re not blessed with that kind of director, but you still do the best you can.  Now, when you’re not in the midst of a project being shot, then you’re leading the charge to get those jobs aren’t you? Continue reading

Fist Fight With Time

Wow, did I just barely come out on top in a fight I just had! The battle royale was with Time Control.  I got to tell you, TC had me on the ropes for a couple weeks.  Here’s what happened: I had set a couple of important acting goals/challenges to accomplish before August 1st.  Well, darn if some other pressing issues reared their ugly heads and inserted themselves into my calendar. Continue reading

Hot Career in Cool Summer

While Los Angeles is having it’s coolest Summer possibly EVER, let’s hope your acting pursuits are creating some heat. When I taught the first twelve years after college, I enjoyed the three favorite things about being an educator: June, July and August.  I suspect we actors get into a vacation mode somewhat during the Summers as well, what with vacations, friends coming to visit and just great beach weather.

So be sure to have a glorious August as we head toward the Fall season of  T.V and movies yet to be filmed and crack open that new list of goals and plans to keep the heat going to the end of the year! Continue reading

Risk Avoid or Risk Manage Your Career

In passing tests to get my insurance licenses, I had to learn the difference between Risk Avoiding and Risk Managing.  The example given was that if a person wanted to ‘Avoid’ being in an auto accident then simply that person never gets in a CAR! If that same person wanted to ‘Manage’ that risk than that person is properly licensed, drives defensively, only rides with good drivers, doesn’t drink & drive, etc. Continue reading

Learn To Live Lean

In an earlier post, I discussed the work we do to support ourselves while we ‘work’ to get more acting jobs. It’s not uncommon that that second or ‘B’ job starts workin’ pretty good for you.  Oh oh! “Danger, Will Robinson”.  What’s the danger? It is simply this: if that second job starts paying you quite a bit of money and you then lease the expensive car and upgrade your living arrangements and start living ‘high off the hog’, you’ve just become a slave to your work.  What happened to that goal of being more available for auditions, meetings, drop offs, etc.? Continue reading