This is more of a work in progress for the podcast, but these weekly posts will supplement current/previous guest episodes.
As we approach 100 recorded episodes of this podcast, I'm constantly taken aback by the relatibility I personally feel to our guest's experiences. It just goes to show that not everyone's experience is the same but the DNA will still retain a similarity. Sitting down and chatting with the amazing, Elizabeth Bowen, had shone a spotlight on the arduous journey of an actor. Whether you spend years under the tutelage of an experienced professional or jumping into the metaphorical wet cement with high aspirations; the tribulations remain consistent.
Much like Elizabeth, I spent some time looking/creating work without the representation of an agent. So much non-union work, most of it unpaid; just for reel material that I could only use for a few years. Yet, you hang onto all of these different branches of the networking tree with the hope that maybe you'll find that one perfect opportunity. From what I learned early on, every experience is an opportunity. I can't think of a single actor on hand that hasn't sat down and thought, "maybe this just isn't for me. Maybe i'm wasting my time," at some point in their career. And that's when the lightning strike hits!
This industry is hard and ruthless in it's own way. Though it does toughen your vulnerability to expectations the longer you keep going. Sure, giving up might feel great in the moment but will you regret it years later? Or do you keep going and work those mental callouses until you begin to focus more on the journey itself, instead of that callback.
I've learned to love the experience as an actor. Every audition, every self tape, every callback, every ghosting, and every booking. Every single moment in this business beats the hell out of office work.