I’ve been sort of quiet about my performing arts activities with all that “journalism” going on in this blog. (Crazy reporters.)
So, I’ve applied to New Ideas to direct. Doing some improv jams sporadicaly at the Black Swan. Finishing up draft 8 of my script in preparation for another private reading. Doing classes with Kate Ashby.
Classes with Kate are so much fun, they make me want to start acting with scripted material again. But maybe I’ll try some film stuff, less investment required in memorizing monologues. Or maybe I should just suck it up and get my monologue-processing machine in order.
I love theatre. Sigh. Just so much pain in that monologue stuff. But pain is the wellspring of the creative arts. Or masochism.
Is there a difference?
Lawrence Bayne held a Q&A session today. I found out about it from a colleague with whom I acted once before in a children’s community theatre play. Small world in show biz.
Lawrence is a very well-known actor in the industry, but he does almost solely voice work right now (as far as I can tell from the session). But he knows his stuff.
He had a refreshing point of view, in that he wasn’t a pro actor doing voice work, he was dedicated to the art/craft of voice work. I also enjoyed the fact that he didn’t mince any words, he told it like it is.
It also got me thinking about acting again, because of some things he said about ego. Don’t have a latex ego, have one made of stone, in this crazy business called show business. Actually, he had a lot of interesting outlooks on performing that he sprinkled in amidst the answers to our questions.
Am I tired of acting? I mean, I’ve been writing and trying directing, but I’m also back doing improv classes and performing in a show on Tuesday.
I’m tired of cattle call auditions where I am a face among millions (or that’s what it feels like). I’m tired of putting up with stuff and not getting paid for it. I think I could put up with stuff for a paycheque.
Well, something for me to think about, anyway. I’m not giving up on show biz, that’s for sure. I have too much to offer it.
I’m a member of Actor Tips (really good resource, you should join it too), run by Chad Garcia. (Transparent headshot envelopes!)
In one of his articles, he says the following:
You’re doing work that you love, you’re doing what you do best, and you’re part of a community. You’re a successful actor.
Don’t fall into the trap of feeling like a failure because you don’t make millions or aren’t in constant demand for big city tours. Appreciate the fact that you are doing what you love. Very few people can claim that.
So, to just make a living as an actor. Is that enough? Or is greed for the almighty dollar the way you should be thinking?
I’m at the point where I’m tired of doing it for free, but I also realise I will have to accept that I will not get paid a living wage right away. So what would be enough for me right now? Getting some part-time income through it.
And would that be enough forever? No. Would I want the millions? I would, but at this point in life it’s a very long shot.
What is enough for you in your acting career?