It is inevitable that in every actor who writes a blog, they write an entry about giving up. Because how could they not? The possibility that this career will never work out is all too real, especially as the actor grows older and sees their non-actor friends having stable jobs, stable relationships, and a stable life that they once mocked them for as being boring and straight-edged. “Perhaps I made the wrong choice in being an actor?” we ask ourselves. I know all of what I’m saying is dedicated for actors, but I also know that it can be extremely applicable to everyone pursuing their dreams and the struggles that comes with it.
I took a month break from writing but hope everybody’s doing awesome since the last time I wrote on here. So how about that for 2014 network pilot season? Was it everything you hoped it to be? Yes? No? Uh, are you crying in the corner over there? (Shhh, it’s okay, you’re still an actor).
Well no matter, summertime slowness is upon us. This is usually the time when many actors (unless you’re an A-list celebrity) get very sad as they twiddle their thumbs wondering what to do next or get very anxious as they make changes in their career in terms of representation (or have their representation make changes on them by dumping them). Fear not. Let’s take this one step at a time, shall we 🙂
This is a continuation from my post about persistence last Sunday, but this time it’s more specific to the audition world through your theatrical reps (thus having nothing to do with works you create on your own or collaborate with):
As of March 23rd, I’ve been blessed with the auditions my reps has gotten me so far this year, even though I have yet to book anything. Persistence is the key word, I valiantly tell myself. And followups for every single audition to the casting office and occasionally to the exec producers/showrunners (for now, just doing that with all the theatrical auditions).
THEATRICAL with Sovereign Talent Group + Stein Entertainment Group
– 21 theatrical auditions (out of those, 4 series regular auditions)
– 1 pin for a co-star
THEATRICAL with Houghton Talent (Atlanta agency)
– 9 theatrical auditions
– 1 callback for guest star
COMMERCIALS with AKA Talent Agency
– 21 commercial auditions
– 1 callback
Continue reading Persistence, Part II
This blog post is not going to be one of those articles you see where they talk about actors who achieved success later in life sugary feel-good kind of articles. Why? Because most of them deal with actors who already are repped by well known, huge agencies or already had a good string of guest stars and are trying to become successful that they are internationally known. I’m not interested in any of that silliness.
I’m speaking out to all the actors who are busting their asses off just trying to pay RENT and FOOD with their acting career alone. To the actors who would kill to even be tested for a series regular. To the actors who are extremely talented but for whatever reason, no agent wants to sign them.
This one is for you.