Tuesday, June 2, 2009

How do I organize my life to help my acting?

Imagine that you are an athlete and you and another competitive athlete have about the same build, the same physical prowess, the same genetic structure. The two of you compete against each other in sports regularly. One day he decides to up his game and begins to go to the gym more regularly, adds in body bulking protein drinks, stops drinking diet coke and generally increases his stamina. You do nothing different than you ever have before.

Who is going to win the next sports match?

Exactly!

So, in the world of the Arts, especially in today's market where the biggest idiots and most untalented people are now being dubbed "celebrities" (though I cannot wrap my mind around how or why they think they are actual celebrities - the derivation of the word it "to crowd") you HAVE TO up your game. That means perhaps sometimes missing a party, or other such function because you have an early audition. Or it means working a night gig so you have your days free to audition so you can still pay your rent and EAT without worries that you HAVE TO book a job or you will starve. Maybe it means you sit at home some Friday nights and update your website or send out a mailing of your new head shots.

See, this is not a job, this industry, this is a way of life. The hardest working actors have only a little advantage over the rest of those playing the game, but maybe it is that small advantage that makes the difference between success and failure.


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