Sunday, February 19, 2012
Tough Guy Huh!?!
“Work that you loathe will taint your entire being.” – Mari Lyn Henry & Lynne Rogers in How To Be A Working Actor
This week’s dream:
Well, this past week being Valentine’s Week, I found myself thinking mostly about my girlfriend. We are in a long distance relationship and have been since the beginning. I’ve been dreaming of the day that I can make it no-longer long distance. The day where I’m successful enough to allow us to actually be part of each other’s daily lives. (Awe!)
What did I “DO” this week?
This week, I submitted a video audition for a role in a feature film to be shot this summer. (Thanks to my brother for reading the other parts, and Matt for donating time and a camera)
I have a theory about success with an agent that I’ve developed over the past few weeks after talking to several individuals. The theory is: Aside from having the right look (which might not matter as much as you think) one’s success with good agency is directly connected with one’s work ethic and how effectively someone uses their talent.
I was talking with a professional in town who has done several commercial spots over the years in the Denver area. He works more than most, but less than he could. Something that stood out to me from what he said is that Denver actors in particular, have this sense that they can go into an audition or even the shoot and wing it. Some, no doubt, get away with it; but most don’t. Agents hate this!
What I deduced from this is that: even if there are twenty guys working with the best agency in town that look exactly like me, maybe three or five of them get regular calls. Why is this? Those three to five actors are the ones who show up to work like professionals. They are easy to work with, prepared, professional, and they deliver…every time. What are the other guys doing? (This may be harsh—especially since I’m a friend with some of them) They are probably not doing the above things and they are probably griping at home or in the dressing room about how little work there is, how hard the Denver market is, and how they hate that they look like twenty other guys at their agency.
I think, in the acting world, there is no such thing as an, ‘easy market’. Some markets have more work than others. Some are more saturated with actors. Some have the more desirable work of film and television, while others have better options in commercial and industrial videos. Every market is hard as hell though! So, what do I need to do?
I need to be as tough as my market. If there are twenty guys in my agency who look like me: I need to be a better actor, a better professional, and a better person to work with than any of them. (Not in a snooty competitive way—in a mater of fact way)
In the ‘business’ world of the normal people jobs: People move quickly up the ladder by putting in the extra work, being the best player, and talking to the right people. Why do we actors think our job should be different? If you’re in a show that has eight performances a week, are you going to be working hard? You bet! Is that enough if you want to keep moving up or be more stable financially? HELLZZZ NO!!!
Maybe I need to pull a few more eighty-hour workweeks for the next few years. Then, when I’m drinking hot cocoa with Johnny Depp at a skiing lodge in Austria, then I can finally sit back and whine about the one time a director didn’t hire me because I didn’t quite look right for the part.
I wonder what Johnny Depp’s favorite hot-drink is. Does he like it spiked, or not? Something creamy or some kind of tea? I guess I’ll have to ask him in a few years when we go on a buddy-buddy ski trip. Does he ski? If not, I can teach people how to ski…I’ll teach him…(The thought of seeing him ‘yard-sale’ on the side of a hill and laughing my head off as I help him dig snow out of his goggles makes me really hope he doesn’t ski much) Johnny, I invite you to a skiing trip in Austria…chance of a lifetime for you buddy! IT’S AUSTRIA!!! That’s some James Bond shit right there!