Sunday, January 8, 2012
A Case of "The Mondays"
The Business of being an actor, whether you are employed or not, is a full-time job. Serious pursuit of your career demands diligence in developing your talents, looking for jobs, being able to perform on cue, and packaging yourself correctly. It really requires a total commitment. – How To Be a Working Actor by Mari Lyn Henry & Lynne Rogers
Today’s Song: A Real Hero (feat. Electric Youth) by College
My Dreams: This week is the start of some yearly goal setting. I’m doing something that lots of folks think is taboo. I’m going to tell you how much money I want to make. Weird right? By August of this year (when my current apt. lease is up) I want to make at least $25,000 through performance work. These are big numbers for a fresh actor, but, not impossible. Besides, even if I get to half of this it’ll be more financial stability than I have ever seen.
What did I do to get there?
Honestly, I dropped the ball a little this week. I had a car emergency that soaked up a day and a half, but still: I partied with a bunch of industry professionals at an annual party (yes it counts), I put my website online (still under construction) check it out - eriksiegling.com – give me your comments on the site. What’s good, what’s not… I had an audition yesterday that went all right, and I finally got some balls and started calling up casting agencies.
Ok, so technically I’m a few hours late getting this in for my ‘weekly’ minimum update. Shame on me! I’ll write two at least this week to make up for it. Boy do I have enough to talk about!
Tomorrow marks the start of something big. I’m going to be working from 9AM to 5PM! This isn’t at a bank, or a market, nor is it at box manufacturing company (LOST reference). I am starting rehearsals, which will go the next two and a half weeks, followed by an average eight show per week run that goes from now through the middle of April!
Tomorrow marks the first day of my life that I am fully supporting my lifestyle and all of my bills with my art. This is a giant piece of awesome pie that many never even get to taste. I am so grateful. And I want to keep it that way.
I don’t get how one could ever want to have a job that makes them literally HATE Monday. WHO DOES THAT!? Why would you do that to yourself? I think such a sentiment is a big indicator of how soon you should quit your job and start following your dreams. If I hated Mondays because of my job, I’d quit … THIS Monday. If doing this ends up not working for you, don’t blame me. Just try again.
I think the other thing that I’m grateful for this Monday is that I have three weeks of that 9-5 work to get into a hard workin’ groove. Once the show gets running, it’ll be tempting to call the daytime shows and the evening DJ gigs good enough. But, I can’t imagine how much more reachable my fiscal and acting skill-level goals will be if I work a solid 8 hour day. I’m gonna do it!
Unstoppable. Tomorrow marks the day that I become UNSTOPPABLE!!!
I hope it’s that good of a Monday for you too.