There comes a time in every child's life when they begin to think past Friday's football game and the student council meeting after school. Words and phrases like "SATs" and "college essays" become all too common points of discussion at the lunch table. Teachers tell students that anyone can go to college. There is a major for every interest. But, should there be?
As a writer, I want you to think of me as a romantic figure who sits in my Downton Abbey library, penning my words with ink and quill while dressed fabulously in my Downton Abbey wares.
Every day there are millions and billions of people taking advantage of the media and different social networks on a day-to-day basis. It has been the new modern way to communicate, and in some ways has changed the market forever, right? Making the old traditional way of working your butt off for another company that doesn't treat you good or appreciate you, like a load of crap. People are constantly thinking of new and innovative ways to earn money, so they can work smarter, not harder. Now, don't get me wrong, no matter what it is that you decide to do, if you're shooting for the stars, there will come some measure of hard work that is to be required. Especially in the beginning process — But let's shift things for a second. When your working long hours, not seeing your families, being mistreated, full of anxiety, technically who's really benefiting and to what extent? Yes you are getting a paycheck, but you're unhappy, you're depressed, you're anxious, you're burnt out. Not to mention, every time you turn on the television or look at social media you see someone living the life that you so desperately want to live. Am I right or am I right?
"But you don't regret it, do you?" is what a lot of people ask me once I tell them about my experiences of the first few months of living abroad. By now I should technically be well-prepared and ready to answer with a few generic lines about how everything in life has its ups and downs and that I would make the same decisions again if I were to turn back the time. Yet this question always catches me off guard and has me staggering about.
Let's talk about what the actor's real job is. If you think "acting" is the correct answer, I appreciate your enthusiasm! Auditioning is the actor's real job, the truth is unless you're Johnny Depp or Meryl Streep you're going to have to prove you deserve the job that the casting director, producer, and director are trying to fill. I know, I know it sucks and it can be so frustrating going to audition after audition and booking nothing. The truth is that their are millions of factors that go into casting a project, and although most of it is out of the actor's control I am here to give you a few tips and anecdotes that will hopefully help you feel more comfortable in your next audition!
On June 1st, 2017, I decided I would never work a job that didn't drive passion throughout my entire being. If you knew me, then you would know that the journey to finding the thing that will ultimately determine the rest of my life was ultimately not an easy one.