It is quite simple, really: there are two types of people in the world. Those who DO and those who DO NOT. If you consider yourself the former and you're serious about being an actor, DO yourself a favor and call Val... and then get prepared to enjoy the ride with the help of the ultimate Hollywood guru.
Working with Valorie for the past year has truly been a "Game Changer"! The amount of confidence she has helped me build in myself and my brand is incredible. Not only have I become a stronger actor and business woman, I have become a stronger person. My auditions have tripled in the past year, and my reps now know that I mean BUSINESS! Thank you, Valorie!
CAROLYN FAYE KRAMER
Last year's event gave me the shot of adrenaline I needed to get hyper focused, and get moving in a more specific and successful direction. A few weeks after returning to NYC I signed across the board with a major agency, started getting in the room for much more TV/Film, and booking theatre. It really gave me a sense of community. I was inspired by Valorie, the content of the event, sponsors, and especially the energy and enthusiasm of all the attendees. It was affirming, educational, helpful, FUN, and made me feel like much more was possible than I thought. I truly realized I am not doing this alone - that there is an army of us out there, supporting and challenging each other, and willing break rules.
This past year working with Val has been an invaluable experience. There's a reason the woman calls herself "your acting career Sherpa"-- Sherpa Val taught me how to get oxygen while making my way up this mountain that is MY career! She's been my map, my guide, & one of my biggest cheerleaders. I now have the tools and greater confidence to continue moving forward in a badass, inspired way! Climb on!
I had booked plenty of national commercials, but I could not get a TV and film audition. I had no agent, and no idea how to get one. But I knew Valorie for 20 years. I knew she had a company that helped actors. And I knew her actors were working actors. Hiring AFT was the smart move. Valorie gave me a step-by-step guide to getting auditions without an agent. She taught me to nurture relationships with the people who make decisions: the producers, directors, writers and casting directors. She showed me how to manage my own career, and how to be proactive in looking for auditions.
I have known Val for a few years but never committed for one thing or the next. The main reason was money. Finally I thought to myself: I have already thrown thousands of dollars away what's another few? Signing with Actor’s Fast Track has been the BEST decision I have ever made! I was doing everything I needed to do for my career, but was needing to connect the final dots. I definitely didn’t throw money away this time. Within two months after I started working with AFT, I tested for two projects. ...Did I mention I live in Kansas? The middle of no where! I got these auditions from what I learned working with AFT. It’s worth every penny.
What impacted me the most from the conference is how to make, create, and maintain connections and contacts with Casting Directors. I felt that most stuff I was auditioning for through websites were ok but felt that for every 100 auditions I submitted for, I would get 1 hit. Valorie pretty much confirmed that statistic at her conference. I felt frustrated and that I was just spinning my wheels and not getting anywhere. So I asked myself "how could I do more and get myself notice?" Valorie taught me to get in to the side door with Casting Directors, make a memorable impression, and get asked back. The first Monday I finished the seminar, I went out to some places I auditioned before and made my self known. As a result, I got one voice-over booking which led to 5 more bookings with the same company. Valorie helped me with how to take a great headshot and picked out her favorites which I completely went with. Attached was her choice, and mine, for my main headshot. Also, as you can see from my email signature, there is a little picture of me with various contact information which was also discussed in her seminar and I have kept.
From working with Val since last November, I got a concrete understanding of the subtle, subconscious ways I had been limiting myself before/during auditions over the past 15 years. I am now treating my career as a business as opposed to a "dream", thereby removing (still working on it) emotional barriers. This brought me ROI of 500% whaaaaat? and SAG-AFTRA Insurance eligibility for the first time in years.
Sometimes I look back at all of the amazing opportunities I’ve had in the last two years and it surprises me. And it all started happening after I started breaking the rules and followed Valorie Hubbard’s guidance. AFT changed the course of my career.
What I so appreciate about Valorie and working with AFT is I learned how to define and target my product to the buyers who need my services. In short she taught me how to successfully run my acting business. Through AFT, Valorie is creating a new climate and culture of success for actors.
KATIE MF DODSON
Working with Actor’s Fast Track has been amazing. It’s one of the best things I ever could have done for my career. They give you a support network which is so important -- you can talk to friends and family, but they don’t really know what it’s like -- but with AFT, Valorie and the other coaches have been through the wringer, they know everything about the business, they understand every step of the process. And they also give you tools and tactics to advance your career, and it’s very business-minded. So many people teach acting, but they don’t teach the business of acting. That’s where AFT comes in. Valorie has asked me to do some scary things, but it’s all for my benefit, because she knows that it will get results.
Everything I have accomplished has been as a result of my work with AFT...whether I even realized it or not. To illustrate this point further, here is an example. I received an audition for Circle Mirror Transformation because I was serving a group of people at my restaurant. I overheard they were talking about theatre. I decided to be bold and ask them what they were working on. It turned out I was talking to the wife of the artistic director at Mile Square Theatre and she said I should submit myself for the role of Theresa in Circle Mirror Transformation and mention that I met her. I also happened to have my business card in my server apron (always be prepared...thanks Val!). I submitted. I received an audition. I booked it. It was paid and I worked with a legendary actress and I received a glowing New York Times review! A year ago, I would have just silently served this group of people and not have spoken up for myself. That is just one example of how I've changed after having worked with AFT. I now think outside the box, I do something every day that scares me, and I really advocate for myself.
Kristy relates how she discovered her BFA from the “really good acting school” wasn’t enough to get her career started.
Santiago had low-expectations due to a lack of formal training. With Valorie he found new confidence because he was getting the right coaching, and started getting great results.
Movie star Maria relays how important Valorie is to her career and her life.
Scott shares how his relationship with Valorie has accelerated his career.
Helen was directionless and needed support. In her work with Valorie she discovered new possibilities...and booked her first role on hot hit show Orange Is The New Black.
Jim didn’t see his acting career as a business, and it showed in the lack of work he did. His perspective shifted as he began working with AFT, and he started booking work.