The other day, I was in a union gig. It covers TV, theatrical (movie previews), foreign (!) print, social media/internet, etc. I performed for maybe a whopping half hour.
The last time I had such a gig was in 2012 for Microsoft. I hadn’t traveled overseas in two decades, went to London and saw myself during previews for the Hobbit. That was nuts, like how did I go from Saginaw, MI, wanting to be on the big screen to seeing my face on a big screen overseas?
I never get nervous at auditions anymore. You have to act like you are on the job. I try to be fun, entertain and interact even though I’ve been told not to. It works for me, so to Hell with it. The clients have to sit through so many auditions, actors getting in and out, so who knows how bored they get.
Hopefully, I don’t get cut from the final edit, you never know. Should I not get cut, I plan on getting headshots by solid photographers (I usually take my own), have a few places I want to take classes at, work on getting into voiceover, dedicate myself to being a working actor, produce some sketches, create a work group for some actors where we trade information/creative ideas for us to produce/support each other, and travel. That’s my reward.
I like the directors I’ve met, having a group of CDs who call me in regularly, the crews are always nice, and especially the actors. I’m not a fan of competitiveness. I feel if my career isn’t going as well as someone else’s, I simply haven’t put in the work but I also don’t like to compare. Everyone has a unique path and to be jealous is a denial of your purpose and what you can bring to entertainment. I prefer to be supportive and help someone up with an agency referral when I see their talent and dedication to their career.
On a side note, it hasn’t been easy having a solid group of friends. I have few and hardly ever see anybody. People are busy with their gigs or whatever and I rarely initiate hanging out because it’s tiresome coordinating schedules and dealing with bails. I’ve become comfortable with solitude, having a lot of acquaintances and being alone in public. I like going to the bar to write and am generally a weird situation magnet. One night, a very normal looking guy from England approached me. The conversation went from how I remind him of someone in a TV show to ending about how he identifies with werewolves.
Looking forward to 2020.