WRITTEN BY ANNA LEWKOWSKA
I’m fortunate enough to be part of 2 mastermind groups that have helped me and my business grow substantially over the past few years. The people that I assemble with to share ideas and insights have become invaluable to me and I look forward to each meeting. I’m positive that groups like these can help individuals in any career, so I highly suggest that actors start their own. Below, I’ve assembled 5 quick steps plus some advice on how to make a group that will thrive. I urge that you not stray far from my suggestions of people count or frequency as these are key ingredients to a successful group.
If you already have a mastermind group, I would love to hear how yours differs. Or, if you start one after reading this article, please let me know how it’s going. I would love to hear!
What is a mastermind group?
A group of like-minded individuals who come together to offer advice, support, brainstorming, and accountability.
Why a mastermind group?
To grow amongst a safe group of people who will support and challenge you, teach and help you.
STEP 1. Assemble 6-8 actors
Put together a list of 6-8 actors that are varied in experience and background. Less than 6 is too small of a group for there to be enough discussion and more than 8 will run the meetings too long plus lack intimacy. It’s important not to rush this step as picking the right individuals for a mastermind group is crucial.
STEP 2. Pick a day of the month
Perhaps every second Thursday of the month or every third Monday of the month. It’s important to pick just 1 day per month to keep these meetings in high regard, as well as to have enough time between the meetings for growth, change, and challenges to happen. You should designate approximately 4 hours for this meeting.
STEP 3. Choose a location
In my mastermind groups, we rotate different restaurants in different neighborhoods, but you may want to rotate different homes/apartments to save money or have the space to do physical things like acting!
STEP 4. Let potential members know what you’re trying to do
Dear Rafael, I’m looking to put together a Mastermind Group of 8 actors that will meet once a month on the [second Tuesday of each month from 6-10PM]. I have assembled 4 actors who I think are smart, have great energy, and would be highly reliable for these meetings. If you have another actor who you think can fit such a group, please let me know. Otherwise, do you feel you’d be interested in joining our Mastermind? I’m hosting the first one at my apartment and the agenda is as follows…
STEP 5. The agenda
You will go around the circle and each take a turn talking. Small discussions after each person has spoken is okay, but the host/moderator for that month should keep track of time. These are my suggestions for topics. You may or may not want to include an acting portion for these meetings.
- 1 success and 1 failure you’ve had in the past month (get advice on ‘failure’) (1 hour)
- Discuss a topic of interest within the industry. (bring a Deadline article in perhaps) (1 hour)
- Goals for the next month (30 min)
- *Perform a short scene (you may or may not want a taping area setup) (1.5 hours)
7 Important Notes
-It’s important to pick members that are driven, positive, and will commit to the monthly meeting.
-Everyone in the group MUST believe that although there could be some competition amongst group members in the outside business world, giving will help you receive more in return.
–Phones are put AWAY.
-The moderator should make sure that there is enough time for all  points of discussion (sometimes we’re so excited to see each other again that we end up chatting or going on tangents for much too long)
-At the end of each meeting, pick your next host/moderator that will email the group with the next meeting location and moderate the meeting.
-You may want to start a private Facebook group for just the members of your Mastermind so you can help each other out in between meetings.